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Shaken & Stirred

Jennifer Bradley Franklin  | October 23, 2018 | Food & Drink National

The adage “you get what you pay for” is gospel for a new breed of ultraluxe cocktails popping up on menus around Atlanta.

The Masayoshi is a high-roller staple at Himitsu.

High-end cocktails are making their debut on menus around town, delighting Atlanta’s most discriminating drinkers. “When we get excited about an ingredient, we don’t see its cost as a barrier to sharing it with our guests. If it’s a really high-end spirit, one of the most special ways to share it is to incorporate it into a familiar package,” says Josh Ardizzoni, sommelier at Marcel (Westside Provisions District, 404.665.4555), where the Spoken Stock ($50) is a balanced blend of Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 24-year bourbon, raw demerara and Bitter Truth Bogart’s bitters. Similarly, though Atlas (88 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, 404.600.6471) makes upgraded margaritas and Manhattans, the real stars of its cocktail menu are the Legendary Champagne Cocktail ($100), deftly made with Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne; and the Legendary Sidecar ($400), with Rémy Martin Louis XIII and Grand Marnier 100. Just across the courtyard at reservation-only Himitsu (Two Buckhead Plaza), rare liquor aficionados will want to order The Masayoshi ($85), named for Japan’s wealthiest resident (estimated net worth of $21.9 billion). The blend of Yamazaki 18-year whisky, Green Chartreuse VEP, Amaro Nonino, lemon, honey and an egg white is served in Baccarat crystal, garnished with edible 24K gold, no less.


Photography by: chris watkins