In the Spirit: Pickle Juice Cocktails

Photography by Clay Kirkland/Wisecraft Mixology From a part-time hobby, to a way to make ends meet during the recession of 2008, to a full-blown pickling production, Phickles Pickles has truly transformed from their grassroots beginning to a thriving, independent business in Athens. Gone are the days Angie and Phin Tillman’s  friends and family left their…

In the Spirit: Azaleas in Bloom

The Augusta National is known for its lush banks of bright azaleas – inspiration for a signature drink that masterfully blends the sweet and the sour. With the Masters being one of the most exclusive sporting events in the world and tickets hard to come by, if you find yourself no able to attend, you…

The Oconee 18

Inspired by the rise of cocktails following the 18th Amendment and in celebration of the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, comes this Pomegranate Lemonade that’s sure to shine – While America was no stranger to the concept of cocktails prior to Prohibition, it was the homemade liquors that followed the 18th Amendment that made mixed drinks…

In the Spirit: Honoring Georgia Wines

– Winners of this year’s Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge to be revealed at Gala in Athens – Many consumers think it’s fun to be a judge at a wine competition, but it’s work. Lots of work. Not a lot of fuss and feathers, just work. You finish tired and hoping you’ve done right by the…

In the Spirit: Julep 229

– The Place celebrates spring with addition of blueberry julep to seasonal cocktail menu – Written by Leara Rhodes – Photographed by Justin Evans – Perhaps no other cocktail better symbolizes classy sipping in the South, especially around Derby Day, than the mint julep. Frosty cups, brimming with ice and anchored by bourbon, satisfy on…

Light the Fire: Warm Alcoholic Drinks for Winter Sipping

– Written by Jane F. Garvey Asking for a warm cocktail usually gets odd looks from most bartenders, but Staplehouse’s Ben Richardson jumped right in and took hold of the assignment. I wanted something simple but warming, and double good if it used a Georgia-produced spirit. Disappearing behind the restaurant’s tiny kitchen area, he emerged…

Hot Toddy: Warm up with a holiday classic 

Come the holiday season, hot toddies are ideal for entertaining, providing spirited fun and a means to chasing away the winter chill. Hot toddies have been around for centuries. Usually a mix of a spirit — either whiskey, rum or brandy — hot water, honey and spices, some believe the word “toddy” comes from an…

Hot trend in craft beer: chili pepper infusions

Water, malt, hops, and yeast. Those are the four essential ingredients that make up beer. Lately, however, there has been a surge in infusing additional ingredients into craft beer that are more commonly found in the kitchen. Beers brewed with fruit have come and gone over the years, but are back on the rise again….

A man and his beverage: The Arnold Palmer

America’s revered golf professional Arnold Palmer had barely cleared his 87th birthday when he passed away in September of last year. From 1958 to 1964, he dominated the Masters in Augusta. His career spanned two generations, yielding 62 PGA tour titles and making him one of the originals in the World Golf Hall of Fame…

Cellar Savvy

Sheltering your wine collection in style Wine has become so much a part of American life that many of us now are devoted collectors. And so, we look for appropriate places within our homes to install a special space for our liquid acquisitions. Some wine enthusiasts will designate any nook or cranny, any closet or…