5 places to build your own cocktail in Atlanta

  • Eileen Falkenberg-Hull
  • for The AJC
5:06 p.m Thursday, March 16, 2017 Atlanta Food & Drink
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Sugar or salt on the rim? If you like your cocktails a little more personalized than just choosing what's lining your margarita glass, don't miss these build your own cocktail options at Atlanta's restaurants and bars.

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130 Arizona Ave., Atlanta. 678-974-8380. 

The Kirkwood watering hole is encouraging their customers to step right up and customize their own brunch punch on vintage Brunch Punch Cards, sourced from a local library. Start to build your punch by choosing your sparkle: Sparkling Brut, Rose, or Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, then add in mixers like strawberry puree, pineapple juice, Deep Eddy Vodka, Pimm's, Cappeletti and Campari then punching your selections on the library card.

Gunshow

924 Garrett St., Atlanta. 404-380-1886.

Grab a seat at one of Atlanta's best restaurants for food fans during dinner service and await the arrival of the cocktail cart where drinks are mixed to order, tableside, using juices and ingredients from the kitchen, giving diners an intimate one-on-one experience with a Gunshow bartender.

Dantanna's

3400 Lenox Dr., Suite 304. 404-760-8873.

The Buckhead location of the upscale sports bar welcomes brunch guests to build their own Bloody Mary from their selection of spices, mixes and sauces on Sunday from noon through 4 p.m. When you're done, head over to the Shops Around Lenox or Lenox Square to shop off your brunch before getting behind the wheel.

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Einstein's

1077 Juniper Street. 404-876-7925.

Choose your sauce, spice and topping (including okra and peppers) as you create your own Bloody Mary then relax and dine at the restaurant OpenTable has named as one of the 100 Best Brunches in America. Get there early if you want prompt seating, otherwise plan on to wait-- it's worth it to sit on the patio.

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Head to either the Little Five Points or Crescent Avenue location on Saturday or Sunday (or both) to take advantage of the restaurant's Original Famous 100 Item Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar during their French Quarter Brunch from noon to 4 p.m. If you're not into Bloody Marys, check out their Whynatte Whippet Float made with vanilla ice cream, Whynatte, Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka and pecan praline sauce.

Not ready to mix your own cocktail but ready to try something different? Plan on dining at Lure in Midtown where you can order a communal cocktail bowl that is the perfect size for your table (2-4 people for a small and 5-8 people for a large). Punch bowl flavors rotate seasonally and frequently feature fresh flavors from seasonally ripe produce.

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Wrecking Bar bartender and manager Isabella Ordway walks us through making their house bloody Mary. (Erica A. Hernandez/AJC)