It’s no mystery why everyone who comes to Athens falls in love. There is a distinct culture here, full of wonderful food, history and people. What sets Athens apart from most small towns? It has arguably one of the best drinking scenes. Whether you’re looking for a casual drink on Rooftop or a blackout bucket at Sandbar, Athens offers a variety of settings to best let loose. If you and your significant other are die-hard Athens fans—perhaps you’re both alumni of the University of Georgia—what better way to incorporate your favorite small town than by serving up some Athens-inspired cocktails? Here are a few recipes:

Ginger Whiskey Bent Cocktail

Photo by Garnish with Lemon

Inspired by one of the most popular bars in downtown Athens.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 oz. whiskey
  • Ginger ale
  • Lime wedge

Instructions:

  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Pour whiskey into glass.
  • Top with ginger ale.
  • Squeeze and float a lime wedge in the glass.

Agua Linda Margarita

Photo by The Clever Carrot

Agua Linda has arguably the best Mexican food in Athens, so pay homage to great Mexican drinks with a delicious strawberry lemonade margarita!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. cointreau
  • 5 oz. strawberry lemonade
  • Fresh lime juice
  • For the garnish: Kosher salt, fresh strawberries, lime slices

Instructions:

  • Add salt to a shallow dish. Cut a lime wedge and run it around the rim of a glass. Gently dip the glass into the salt, twisting back and forth to coat. Fill with ice and set aside.
  • In a martini shaker add the tequila, cointreau, and strawberry lemonade. Shake well.
  • Pour over ice and add a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  • Garnish with thinly sliced limes and strawberries.

Founder’s Garden Peach Cocktail

Photo by What The Flicka

One of the most beautiful places close to the heart of Athens is the Founder’s Garden. Create a cocktail in honor of the garden and Georgia’s favorite fruit: peaches!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. coconut rum
  • 1 oz. peach schnapps
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. ginger ale
  • Fresh peach slices

Instructions:

  • Pour all ingredients, except for the ginger ale, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake well, strain and pour into a chilled martini glass.
  • Top with ginger ale and garnish with a peach slice.

40 Watt Club Shandy

You can’t have an Athens-inspired cocktail list without making an ode to music, so here’s a beer cocktail for the 40 Watt Club.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. pale ale beer
  • Handful of blackberries
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Mint for garnish

Instructions:

  • Muddle blackberries in bottom of glass.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over blackberries.
  • Pour beer into glass and garnish with a generous sprig of mint.

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