Try these Atlanta cocktails with an added splash of history

Wheelhouse's bittersweet Scott Boulevardier takes its name from a boulevard named after George Washington Scott. Courtesy of Linden Tree Photography

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Wheelhouse's bittersweet Scott Boulevardier takes its name from a boulevard named after George Washington Scott. Courtesy of Linden Tree Photography

Sure, you can sip a Manhattan, Toronto or Singapore sling, but why not have a local bartender make a drink that conjures up Atlanta’s past?

Scott Boulevardier at Wheelhouse

Any boulevardier (one who frequents boulevards) should visit Scott Boulevard, where Wheelhouse Pub is located. Their Scott Boulevardier, with a rich balance of bourbon, Tattersall bitter orange liqueur and sweet vermouth, is a tribute to a DeKalb County family. George Washington Scott owned textile mills in what is now Scottdale and a fertilizer manufacturing plant in Edgewood. He was the founding benefactor of nearby Agnes Scott College, which is named for his mother. Scott is buried in the older section of Decatur Cemetery, which is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

1479 Scott Blvd., Decatur. 470-240-4945, wheelhousepubdecatur.com

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The Summertini at Wood's Chapel BBQ is a tribute to the Summerhill neighborhood. Courtesy of Wood's Chapel

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The Summertini at Wood's Chapel BBQ is a tribute to the Summerhill neighborhood. Courtesy of Wood's Chapel

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The Summertini at Wood's Chapel BBQ is a tribute to the Summerhill neighborhood. Courtesy of Wood's Chapel

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The Summertini at Wood’s Chapel BBQ

This drink not only is a refreshing summertime mix of bitter orange vodka, limoncello and the bittersweet aperitivo Bonanto, but also a celebration of the renaissance of Summerhill, one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods. Summerhill was torn apart by the construction of the Downtown Connector and two stadiums, but the neighborhood’s spirit is being revived on Georgia Avenue. Cheers to the old, and the new.

85 Georgia Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3000, woodschapelbbq.com

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The Castleberry at Escobar pays tribute to the Atlanta neighborhood of the same name. Courtesy of Escobar

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The Castleberry at Escobar pays tribute to the Atlanta neighborhood of the same name. Courtesy of Escobar

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The Castleberry at Escobar pays tribute to the Atlanta neighborhood of the same name. Courtesy of Escobar

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The Castleberry at Escobar

Settlements in Castleberry Hill, just southwest of downtown, predate the founding of Atlanta (then called Terminus). The area became a federally recognized historic district in 1985, and reputedly is home to the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the nation. You can sip on a flavor blast of boozy fruit called the Castleberry at Escobar on Peters Street, a section of which follows a segment of the Sand Town Trail, the native American trade route developed into a stagecoach route known as Sandtown Road.

327 Peters St. SW, Atlanta. 770-580-0257, escobaratlanta.com

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A Decatur Bamboo includes Horyzon rice spirit, sweet white vermouth, sherry and orange bitters. Courtesy of Revival

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A Decatur Bamboo includes Horyzon rice spirit, sweet white vermouth, sherry and orange bitters. Courtesy of Revival

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A Decatur Bamboo includes Horyzon rice spirit, sweet white vermouth, sherry and orange bitters. Courtesy of Revival

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Decatur Bamboo at Revival

Decatur Cemetery was founded in 1823, the same year the city of Decatur was incorporated. Comprising 54 acres, it is the oldest cemetery in metro Atlanta. A large grove of giant bamboo stands in the southeast corner, looming over graves. At Revival, located in a house from the early 1900s, just a half-mile away from the cemetery, you can sip on a Decatur Bamboo, a delightful balance of Horyzon rice spirit, sweet vermouth, sherry and orange bitters.

129 Church St., Decatur. 470-225-6770, revivaldecatur.com

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Granite Queen at Stone Mountain Public House

Stop in at Stone Mountain Public House, in Stone Mountain Village, for a Granite Queen, an homage to the mountain, in the form of a coconutty margarita with a kick. Margarita is Spanish for “daisy,” and up on the mountain grows the rare helianthus porteri, commonly called the Stone Mountain daisy, (a member of the sunflower family). Stone Mountain is Georgia’s most visited attraction, and worthy of a namesake drink on Main Street. A hike to the top rewards climbers with views of Downtown Atlanta, Midtown and Buckhead.

947 Main St., Stone Mountain. 678-439-5292, stonemountainpublichouse.com

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The refreshing Buckhead Betty is made with blackberry puree, elderflower liqueur, vodka and sparkling wine. Courtesy of the Big Ketch

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The refreshing Buckhead Betty is made with blackberry puree, elderflower liqueur, vodka and sparkling wine. Courtesy of the Big Ketch

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The refreshing Buckhead Betty is made with blackberry puree, elderflower liqueur, vodka and sparkling wine. Courtesy of the Big Ketch

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Buckhead Betty at the Big Ketch

The area now known as Buckhead first was occupied by the Cherokee and Creek nations. The first reference to it as Buckhead dates to 1840. How Buckhead got its nickname is the stuff of legend — supposedly, someone killed a buck and mounted its head where Peachtree Road and East Paces Ferry cross today, and where Henry Irby founded a popular gathering spot. You can sip on a Buckhead Betty less than a half-mile away at the Big Ketch. A swirl of blackberry puree, elderflower liqueur, vodka and sparkling wine pays tribute to the fancy ladies who inhabit the area now.

3279 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404-474-9508, thebigketch.com

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Pineapple rum, allspice liqueur and lemon are shaken together for the Chastain's homage to Nancy Creek. Courtesy of the Chastain

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Pineapple rum, allspice liqueur and lemon are shaken together for the Chastain's homage to Nancy Creek. Courtesy of the Chastain

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Pineapple rum, allspice liqueur and lemon are shaken together for the Chastain's homage to Nancy Creek. Courtesy of the Chastain

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Nancy’s Creek at the Chastain

The Creek tribe had several settlements along Nancy Creek, the 16-mile stream that runs from DeKalb County to Fulton County, and empties into Peachtree Creek. The Chastain pays homage to the storied area with Nancy’s Creek, a delightful balance of pineapple rum, allspice liqueur and lemon. The original creek is believed to have been named for either Nance, the chief of a village on the waterway, where Vinings is now, or the wife of John Evins, who settled in the area in 1818.

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

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The Marietta Boulevardier at the Woodall is made with bourbon, Nonino aperitivo, vermouth, spiced simple syrup and bitters. Courtesy of the Woodall

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The Marietta Boulevardier at the Woodall is made with bourbon, Nonino aperitivo, vermouth, spiced simple syrup and bitters. Courtesy of the Woodall

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Marietta Boulevardier at the Woodall

The Marietta Boulevardier, made with bourbon, Nonino aperitivo, vermouth, spiced simple syrup and bitters, is a tasty and balanced geography lesson in a glass. The restaurant lies along the Marietta Street artery, an area dating to 1837 and formerly called Bellwood. It’s served at the Woodall, named for the creek that, along with Peachtree Creek, outlines the borders of the Moore’s Mill mixed-use development in which it is located. Moore’s Mill was a sash sawmill and gristmill, which used the dammed waters of both creeks. The industrial corridor along the Western and Atlantic Railway lines is known as Atlanta’s Westside today.

2260 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta. 404-343-4424, thewoodallwestside.com

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