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Petillant-naturel (“pét-nats”) is a funky, hazy, sparkling natural wine with ancient roots, a modern-day buzz, and a wildly broad spectrum of flavor profiles. They're creating interest in Atlanta with Joshua Fryer of 8Arm and Ink, Juan Cortes of Stems, Seeds and Everythang, and Sarah Pierre of 3 Parks Wine Shop.
A lemon slice here, a twist of orange there, and a gazillion plastic straws: Bars create a lot of waste. But by phasing out those straws and using the whole fruit, Atlanta bartenders are joining the growing low-waste cocktail movement.
For the first time ever, Atlanta has not one but two local establishments on the shortlist of five finalists for the James Beard Outstanding Beverage Program award: Ticonderoga Club and Kimball House. Paul Calvert and Miles Macquarrie take us on a tour of their backbars.
CBD products are popping up everywhere, including coffees, teas, and cocktails here in Atlanta. The hemp-derived substance won't get you high, but some swear by it for relaxation, or just as a fun, new drink ingredient.
“We pride ourselves on having a balanced cocktail [menu],” says Kristin Koefod, who developed the drink list. “We have something for your grandmother who likes her Manhattan every day at 5 p.m., for your craft cocktail enthusiast, and for your friend who is overwhelmed by the menu but knows she likes vodka soda.”
Atlanta bars have shown plenty of interest in crafting unique nonalcoholic drinks, but on grocery store shelves, the options can be slim. Enter Bar Nøne, a new line of cocktail-inspired, nonalcoholic bottled drinks that come in varieties such as ginger mule and Bellini spritz.
Ten years ago, barkeep Greg Best couldn’t even get his hands on a reliable supply of decent vermouth. In 2008, the craft cocktail renaissance that started in New York City started to make its way to Atlanta. Now, cocktail culture has proliferated with such fervor that you can find almost any creation in Atlanta.
While ingredients such as bitters and shrubs affect a drink’s flavor, cocktail makers also experiment with altering a drink’s mouthfeel—like steeping a spirit in beeswax. A collaboration between 18.21 Bitters, ASW Distillery, and Southern Art & Bourbon Bar is bringing this unique method to Atlanta, but only for a little bit.