Welcome to Thirsty South, dedicated to all things drinking well, here in Atlanta and beyond. Check out our blog for interesting news and features on Southern artisans of drinking well, and the Thirsty Guide to Atlanta for best bars, shops and more.

Recent Highlights:

IMG_0236Atlanta’s Old Fourth Distillery: Digging deep into the past and present of Atlanta booze, at the city’s first legal distillery in over a hundred years. O4D is turning out Atlanta-made vodka (and, soon, gin) with a healthy dose of history.

Georgia Distilleries MapGeorgia Distilleries and Spirits Brands: How many distilleries would you guess there are now in Georgia? How about more than a dozen? Here’s a handy list and map, updated over time, indicating which spirits are distilled vs. sourced, and which distilleries are offering tours.

Ticonderoga ClubThe Atlanta Restaurant Scene – In Praise of Being Bold: Let us now praise those intrepid restaurateurs who are going out on a limb just to welcome us in. Featuring the bold hospitality best demonstrated by newcomer Ticonderoga Club in Krog Street Market, the pioneering Staplehouse, and tiny little Dish Dive on the edge of Decatur.

Pappy Van Winkle bottle

One bottle of Pappy Van Winkle: This bottle of Pappy will not be flipped, it won’t even be sipped (by me), it will be gifted… Some quick thoughts on flippers and how we can put hard-to-find bourbon to better use for organizations like the Giving Kitchen in Atlanta.

Sorghum WhiskeySorghum Meets Whiskey – A Southern Love Story: What happens when you introduce the incredible sorghum syrup from Tennessee’s Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill to the crafty ways of Charleston’s High Wire Distilling Co.? You get this remarkable sorghum whiskey, that’s what.


DSC_1124An older, stronger, better Rittenhouse Rye? Heaven Hill has a new “Maryland-style” rye called Pikesville. Thing is, it’s basically Rittenhouse  with two more years and ten points of proof. So is it better? Find out with this review and tasting notes on both Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond and its newer, but older, sibling.

Plantation Rum PineapplePlantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum: So what exactly is this new beast? Take the multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge of pineapple rum and the pursuits of David Wondrich and Maison Ferrand. Then do what you can to find a bottle.

Parkers Heritage Malt2015 Parker’s Heritage Malt Whiskey: Say what, say what? Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey? This year’s Parker’s Heritage Collection takes that unusual path, landing somewhere between Bourbon County and Scotland. Does it work? Find out.

The Pappy Old Fashioned: Toying with the notion that Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old bourbon can, or should, be used in a cocktail!?

Elijah Craig 12 Barrel Proof BourbonThe Elusive Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon: Finally finding, and then promptly breaking, but still tasting… a bottle of elusive whiskey.

Best Value Bourbons: A few top picks for great value bourbons at under $20, under $30, and… under $100!?

William Larue WellerBattle Rye: Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye vs. High West Rendezvous Rye. A whiskey battle of epic proportions. It’s a rye for a rye, and a tooth for a tooth.

Maraschino CherriesThree Cocktail Cherries: Maraschino, Michigan and some moonshine cherries enter a cocktail cherry taste test, and a local Atlanta favorite emerges the winner.

Jack Rudy TonicSmall Batch Tonic: Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. of Charleston, South Carolina, is producing an artisan tonic syrup that will make your gin very, very happy.

Earnestine HazelsThe Best Miller High Life Ever: If you’re lucky, you can find beer heaven in Memphis at a hot and steamy dive bar, with a side of jazz, and a main course of soul.


Thirsty Guide to Atlanta: our guide to the best sources in Atlanta for quenching your thirst for great coffee, beer, wine, liquor or cocktails.