SF Bay Area
Food and drink that has us seeing gold
In this elegant space, Southern cuisine and cocktails enter the global world head-on with technical excellence and fine dining charm. Moonshine’s featured in the cocktail “Who's Got the Moonshine (Margarita)” created from Troy & Son's Platinum Heirloom Moonshine, agave nectar, lemon, lime, and Grand Marnier.
Head over to Castleberry’s chic Smoke Ring for Brunswick Stew, Barbecued Lamb Belly, and the “Bootlegger’s Companion” made from Midnight moon strawberry shine, Sprite, and lemonade.
The rooftop bar at Six Feet Under Atlanta has had the honor of being named one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s Top 30 American Outdoor Bars. That, along with their motto: “Don’t be selfish, share your shellfish,” would be reason enough to stop by for a drink, but then there’s this: Every time you order a cocktail from their “For Whom The Belle Tolls Signature Charity Cocktail Line,” Belle Isle Moonshine, in partnership with The Giving Kitchen, gives a donation to charity. Try the Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine and ginger beer with a peppered cayenne salted rim and...a spicy lemon lollipop!
Good food, fun atmosphere ,and live music, right in the middle of downtown Atlanta is what Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is all about. It’s one of the places people first head when they’re ready to imbibe a Moonshine Cocktail like the “Down South”, a blend of Firefly peach moonshine, sweet tea, cranberry juice and lemonade.
Old Vinings Inn is the genteel kind of place that’s perfect for an anniversary dinner, family celebration, or when your parents visit you at college and want to take you somewhere nice. Arrive with your suit jackets, knee-length dresses in floral prints, and good Southern manners. Then everybody can sit down and have some moonshine! Try the “Bonnie Blue,” composed of blueberry-infused moonshine, Cointreau, and a splash of ginger ale.
Arrive hungry because at Pitty Pats Porch, it’s always like Sunday Supper. Don’t be shy, have a drink. “Moonshiner’s Punch” is just waiting for you. They say “Georgia moonshine and fruit punch will keep you jumpin’.”
Award-winning Chef Deborah VanTrece has created a place where both Atlantans and destination diners can enjoy an “elevated dining experience.” The chef’s technical skills show in each dish on the menu, and the cocktail experience is also distinct and delicious. Chef Deborah’s wife created the “Watermelon Moonshine” cocktail, and it matches everything on the menu perfectly. The restaurant has received both the “Atlanta Business League Award for Creative Style” and is also included in the “Best of Gay Atlanta.”
This place has some serious BBQ going on. Match it with their Moonshine Sour, a mix of Troy and Sons Platinum, lemonade, and peach schnapps.
To get into this speakeasy, you have to enter through a bookshelf in a pizzeria. No, really. Edgewood Speakeasy is a really cool place with events like LitAtlanta and Jazz on Edgewood. It’s tiny, so don’t plan on going with a huge crowd. And of course, moonshine is right at home here. Ask the bartender for his best moonshine drink and see what happens.
If you can stop drooling over their food long enough to focus on beverage, DBA Barbecue has a great selection of house-specialty moonshine cocktails. Just ask the bartender!
Karen Resta is a NYC-based writer, foodie, former executive chef and sometimes-fashionista who loves travel, cats, food, wine, glitter, ice cream, and fabulous T-shirts. Her writing can be found at Lucky Peach, Edible Manhattan/Brooklyn/Queens, Extra Crispy, Paste Food, Best American Poetry Blog and more.