Our favorite bartenders around the South created special drink recipes for our readers. Each concoction is as unique as its creator.
The bartender: Lu Brow of New Orleans
The drink: A warming elixir made with rye whiskey that smacks of sugar and spice.
The ingredients: Cloves, raisins, rye whiskey, simple syrup, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Where to find Lu: Café Adelaide and The Swizzle Stick Bar, New Orleans 300 Poydras Street; cafeadelaide.com or 504-595-3305
Lu’s approach: Glamour and nostalgia―vintage cocktails, such as the sidecar, Hemingway daiquiri, and whiskey smash, prepared perfectly.
The bartender: Todd Thrasher of Alexandria, Virginia
The drink: A sweet, surprising take on butternut squash.
The ingredients: Cinnamon, sugar, butternut squash, rum, orange liquer, simple syrup, Bitters, and lemon.
Where to find Todd: PX, Alexandria, Virginia 728 King Street (look for the blue light); eamonnsdublinchipper.com or 703-299-8384
Todd’s approach: Scouring area markets for produce and inspiration―his cocktail list changes weekly.
The bartender: Eric Simpkins of Atlanta
The drink: A citrus-y homage to the state’s signature fruit.
The ingredients: Mint, peach, lemon, simple syrup, and Black Tea Bourbon.
Where to find him: DRINKSHOP, W Atlanta Downtown, Atlanta 45 Ivan Allen, Jr. Blvd; whotels.com or 404-582-5800
Eric’s approach: Classic recipes and seasonal ingredients.