By Isadora Pennington

It’s getting cold outside, and what better way to warm yourself on a chilly winter night than a seasonal cocktail. We’ve all had a holiday-themed mixed drink at some point or another, maybe at a party or a communal dinner, but there are some local bars that are also getting into the spirit.

If you like smoky, rich flavors and creamy textures, check out these drinks that range from traditional to modern. As we gather together for the holidays, take your friends and family out for one of these festive drinks.


Eggnog made with organic milk, cream and eggs, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, with Buffalo Trace bourbon. The Midway Pub –  552 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, 30316 (404) 584-0335


Dinah Moe Hum with Tequila Cabeza, Hum Liqueur, fresh lime juice, agave, nectar and a hint of lavendar, a sugar rim and grapefruit garnish. Bone Garden Cantina – 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW, 30318 (404) 418-9072


Coquito, a traditional Puerto Rican eggnog, made with a mix of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, black pepper, coconut milk, egg, lemon, and a mix of blackwell rum and smith and cross rum. Venkman’s – 740 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, 30312 (470) 225-6162


Hickory Hollow, made with hickory smoked Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, brown sugar syrup, Counter Culture Holiday Coffee and old-fashioned bitters. The Lawrence –  905 Juniper St. NE, 30309 (404) 961-7177


Isadora Pennington

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.