The origins of the cocktail are the subject of some debate. Some credit the source of the word “cocktail” as a sort of joke referring to a “cock-tailed” horse as a sign that there was something not quite right about a thoroughbred. Hence a “cocktail” is likely to create the impression of its imbiber as someone who is similarly not quite right – that is, inebriated. Or… it’s named after a bartender in the 19th century by the name of “Cocteau” and the name stuck. Either way, mixologists have been perfecting their craft for over a century. And if you’re looking for the best crafted cocktails in Woodstock, GA, you must experience the unique variations on these classic beverages.

The New Fashioned

The first cocktail ever to be invented is purportedly the Old Fashioned, so it only makes sense that we start our list with it. Made in the same simple style as the original, the experts have chosen Belle Meade bourbon and Jack Ruby Aromatic bitters as choice ingredients, but it’s the addition of Giffard Banana liqueur that truly makes this one to remember.

The Prickly Pear Margarita

Don’t worry. It’s not as dangerous as it sounds. Made with prickly pear juice (minus the prickly pears), Herradura 100% agave reposado tequila, Patron Citronge and house made sour mix, it’s a delicious and refreshing take on the legendary Mexican drink.

The Vesper Classique

The Vesper Martini recipe originated with no less a martini expert than Bond, James Bond. Here they use American Harvest vodka and St. George Botanivore gin as the base, then mix up the super-spy’s concoction with the addition of Cocchi Americano and Fee Brother’s Peach bitters. Even James would conclude it’s one of the best crafted cocktails in Woodstock.

The Nice Pear…Manhattan

Who doesn’t love a traditional Manhattan as the reward for a long day’s work? And who doesn’t occasionally get bored with that same old Manhattan? Well, never fear! With High West Double Rye, St. George Spiced Pear liqueur, Cardamaro, and Bittercube Cherry Bark Vanilla bitters, this cocktail is a slightly sweeter version, putting it somewhere between a Brooklyn and a traditional Manhattan, and likely earning a spot as one of your new favorite drinks.

The Blackberry Mojito

Remember a few years ago when all of your friends discovered the mojito at EXACTLY the same time. Well, that drink is back! But with blackberry syrup and fresh blackberries added to the traditional Bacardi, lime, and mint, you will never grow tired of the mojito again.

When it comes to the best hand-crafted cocktails in Woodstock, GAyou can’t go wrong thanks to these re-imagined classics.

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