Eight spring cocktails to try around metro Atlanta

Honeysuckle vodka and oolong tea combine for a refreshing patio cocktail at White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails. Courtesy of Cindy LeBlanc
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Honeysuckle vodka and oolong tea combine for a refreshing patio cocktail at White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails. Courtesy of Cindy LeBlanc

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Credit: Cindy LeBlanc

Spring is when some of the freshest flavors come into season. Bartenders take those ingredients to create lighter drinks with floral aromas and turn up the volume with herbs. Here are eight metro Atlanta standouts, which taste especially springlike when enjoyed on a patio.

Bartender Jose Pereiro blends the brightness and aromatics of grapefruit and the fresh garden flavor of basil in the Fanculo di Salad at Storico Vino. Courtesy of Jose Pereiro
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Bartender Jose Pereiro blends the brightness and aromatics of grapefruit and the fresh garden flavor of basil in the Fanculo di Salad at Storico Vino. Courtesy of Jose Pereiro

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Fanculo di Salad at Storico Vino

The shades of green mimic verdant spring in bartender Jose Pereiro’s perfectly balanced cocktail. It drinks much like a gin sour, with the addition of pamplemousse, a liqueur emblematic of fresh grapefruit. Basil adds some garden flavor and helps wake you up after a long hibernation.

Storico Vino. 3065 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-806-0050, storico.com.

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The pretty lavender-hued Violet Delights at the Regent Cocktail Club conjures up a dreamy springtime meadow. Courtesy of Jamestown.
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The pretty lavender-hued Violet Delights at the Regent Cocktail Club conjures up a dreamy springtime meadow. Courtesy of Jamestown.

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Violet Delights at the Regent Cocktail Club

With a swirling of Conniption gin, blueberries, elderflower, fresh lemon and violette liqueur, Violet Delights conjures up a dreamy springtime meadow in the shade of lavender.

The Regent Cocktail Club. 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 770-415-9961, theregentatl.com.

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A Radio Ga Ga captures nature’s candy in the form of a strawberry-balsamic shrub at Westside's Redbird. Courtesy of Zeb Stevenson
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A Radio Ga Ga captures nature’s candy in the form of a strawberry-balsamic shrub at Westside's Redbird. Courtesy of Zeb Stevenson

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Credit: Zeb Stevenson

Radio Ga Ga at Redbird

If there is a flavor that epitomizes spring, it’s strawberry. The Radio Ga Ga captures nature’s candy in the form of a strawberry-balsamic shrub shaken with lemon vodka and celery bitters, then ups the volume with a ground black pepper garnish.

Redbird. 1198 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta. 404-900-5172, redbirdatl.com.

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This muddled blueberry rum cocktail is garnished with mint from the Chastain's own garden. Courtesy of the Chastain
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This muddled blueberry rum cocktail is garnished with mint from the Chastain's own garden. Courtesy of the Chastain

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Credit: Handout

Bees & Berries at the Chastain

Like a spritz of springtime, a Bees & Berries begins with muddled blueberries and Cuban rum. Beverage manager Juan Cortes mixes in fresh lemon juice, local honey syrup and crème de mure (blueberry liqueur), adds soda water, and garnishes with mint leaves harvested from the Chastain’s garden.

The Chastain. 4320 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-257-6416, thechastainatl.com.

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The aromatics of honeysuckle and chamomile blend in Falling Rabbit's Blossoming Revival cocktail, garnished with edible violets. Courtesy of Barbara Woods
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The aromatics of honeysuckle and chamomile blend in Falling Rabbit's Blossoming Revival cocktail, garnished with edible violets. Courtesy of Barbara Woods

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Credit: Barbara Woods

Blossoming Revival at Falling Rabbit

Light, floral and citrusy, the Blossoming Revival is a riff on a vesper, with the flavor profile of the classic Corpse Reviver No. 2. Beverage director Barbara Woods stirs together honeysuckle vodka, chamomile gin, limoncello, cocchi americano and cardamom bitters, and tops it off with edible violets.

Falling Rabbit. 3580 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth. 770-623-1452, fallingrabbit.com.

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Honeysuckle Rose at White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails

With a shaken mixture of honeysuckle vodka, a jade oolong tea reduction, fresh squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, the Honeysuckle Rose is a cocktail you want to drink on a sunny porch, but a Midtown patio is just as enlivening. Honeysuckle is the bridge from spring to summer.

White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails. 270 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-524-7200, whiteoakkitchen.com.

Fresh cracked black pepper is added to the Busy Betty at Lazy Betty. Courtesy of Andrew Thomas Lee
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Fresh cracked black pepper is added to the Busy Betty at Lazy Betty. Courtesy of Andrew Thomas Lee

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Credit: Andrew Thomas Lee

Busy Betty at Lazy Betty

Verdant spring is epitomized in the arresting green tint of the Busy Betty. Bar manager Shannon Dunlap combines herbal Hendrick’s gin, celery, elderflower, lime juice and truffle. Fresh cracked black pepper awakens and refreshes the palate for the Lazy Betty menu.

Lazy Betty. 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta. 404-975-3692, lazybettyatl.com.

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The I'm the Pilot Now is on the seasonal menu at Midtown's Joy Cafe. Courtesy of Atlys Media
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The I'm the Pilot Now is on the seasonal menu at Midtown's Joy Cafe. Courtesy of Atlys Media

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I’m the Pilot Now at Joy Cafe

The bright, refreshing I’m the Pilot Now is as pretty in pink as it is citrusy and complex. The garden flavor of Ketel One cucumber vodka is shaken together with a touch of absinthe, violette, pear liqueur and fresh lime juice.

Joy Cafe. 1100 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-996-1377, joycafeatl.com.

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