Doggone good wine

Scout & Cellar’s canine-inspired specialty labels are designed to get the health-conscious connoisseur’s tail wagging Story by Mary Masters Scout & Cellar, a women-owned business based out of Texas that delivers Clean-Crafted™ wine directly to doorsteps, has such a love for dogs that they named two labels after them. The Greeter label is named after…

In the Spirit: Fruit Cocktails

Make summer days a little sweeter with these refreshing cocktails with a fruity twist. Summer days around the lake go great with an ice cold beverage in hand, especially ones that bring out light, refreshing flavors with the right amount of sweetness that fruit can add. Whether blended and frozen or poured over ice, these…

In the Spirit: The Allure of Pappy

What makes this trophy bourbon so prized? Twenty ticketholders will find out at this year’s Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival. Every fall Matt Garofalo has a problem.Garofalo, the owner of The Oconee Cellar, a Lake Oconee wine and liquor store, has one day to make a few people extremely happy and, conversely, disappoint hundreds….

In the Spirit: A Christmas classic

Make any holiday get-together complete with a warm cup of mulled wine, a signature drink for the season. Forget the eggnog. Mulled wine, or spiced wine, has been a holiday favorite dating back to medieval times. Stemming from predominantly German roots as Gluhwein (or “Glow wine”), every country seems to have their own version of…

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…