There’s a Twin Peaks themed bar in Atlanta!
The Bookhouse Pub, named after the evil fighting secret society on the series, the Bookhouse Boys, is a spot-on recreation of David Lynch’s moody Twin Peaks. With its 1970’s dark tavern atmosphere intermingled with Dr. Jacoby’s tiki island flair, it feels as you’re walking onto the set as you enter the door, leaving the Poncey Highlands of Atlanta behind. If I wouldn’t have been in the midst of rewatching the show on Netflix, I might not have put it together… at least not until I saw the menu with cocktails like the Laura Palmer, Audrey Horne, and Log Lady. I worked my way through most of the cocktail list, discovering the highlights were the Wow Bob Wow, a spicy jalapeno margarita, and the Log Lady, an herbal infused vodka you can have with cran or grapefruit (go with grapefruit). The beer snobs (and I say that with love!) accompanying me were satisfied as well. The only thing that was missing from the experience was the theme song playing on loop.
Octane Coffee in Grant Park serves up better cocktails than most bars.
Peruvian Pine cocktail : Grapefruit bitters, Pisco, Zirbenz Pine, Cocchi Americano
Here’s a little back story on this drink. A Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail made with a liquor from fermented sugarcane juice called cachaça, lime and sugar. In the States we use vodka and call it a Caipiroska. I’m lucky I can escape to Brazil just down the street at Ziba’s Wine Bar.
Pepper Pear Caipiroska : vodka, habanero pepper, soda, limes
There’s a beluga in my beer!
I hope everyone had a fun, safe and boozy Fourth. I know I did. I went to Red, White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium, thanks to thebeerbelly and Beer Connoisseur magazine. I sampled beers, cider and craft beer ice cream, all amongst the company of whale sharks, manta rays and, my favorite, the beluga whales. It all ended up with the perfect view of the downtown Atlanta fireworks from the Aquarium’s rooftop. I can’t wait to do it again next year!
Me and the hubs went to one of my favorite restaurant/bars, the Iberian Pig (Atlanta). Noticing the cocktail menu didn’t offer ups any tequila libations, we asked the bartender if he had any off-menu ideas. He whipped out a little black notebook and mixed up this beauty borrowed from the Tabard Inn in Washington, DC. The moral of the story? Sit at the bar!
Tabard cocktail : Milagro Reposado Tequila, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, Drambuie, Orange Boat, Fresh Thyme
JCT Kitchen in Atlanta, GA, is synonymous with the best-fried-chicken-you’ll-ever-eat-in-your-life. Not surprisingly, they serve kick ass cocktails. I’ll be honest, sometimes this blog gets hard because all the bars seem to serve the same stuff. I’m a little tired of cocktails with ginger beer, a few drops of “name any herb” bitters, or muddled whatever’s on hand. JCT’s list of cocktails makes me remember why I started this blog - a search for unique libations to share with anyone else who has a passion for cocktails. Now after saying all that, you might be surprised that I selected the only cocktail on the menu that had BEER in it. Not only beer, MILLER HIGH LIFE! Why? Because I don’t see that anywhere else! And you know what? It rocked my world! I like to think of it as a perfectly balanced gourmet beer margarita sweetened with thyme goodness.
Double Cross : No. 209 Gin, Miller High Life, Thyme Syrup, Lemon
I’m convinced that any drink served in a mason jar just tastes better. This Rosemary Gin & Tonic at Midway Pub, Atlanta, GA turned out to be the perfect summer twist on a cocktail staple.
If I ever have to request a last meal, this is it : a Tuck and Roll cocktail and a Crunchy Gentleman from Holeman and Finch, Atlanta, GA.
Tuck and Roll : Prunier Vs Cognac, Galliano, Celery Bitters, Sorghum, Lime
Crunchy Gentleman : Sliced Black Forest Ham, melted Gruyere
I waited entirely too long to check out this bar/restaurant - Holeman & Finch Public House in Buckhead, GA. It’s where you get New York City worthy cocktails in the big A.
Shown here is the Pun Intended ($12) : High West Double Rye, Kubler Absinthe, Housemade Dill Liqueur, Bar Code Swedish Herb Bitters, Grapefruit, Tonic