As the temperatures go from cold to frigid – the hot chocolate just ain’t cuttin’ it. So in our book, with the dead of winter is synonymous with one thing: whiskey (in every form, fashion, or Old Fashioned). Whether you like it in cocktails or on the rocks, Atlanta has you covered with its great selection of whiskey bars. So give your home bar a break and enjoy one of these whiskey drinks around town.

Curse Your Branches
The Pinewood
The Pinewood knows a thing or two about whiskey – they teach a class about it! Our favorite? Curse Your Branches, which sports Four Roses Bourbon, Georgia honey, Angostura and persimmon. Pair it up with their Crispy Chicken and savory cheddar & herb waffle. You won’t regret it.

A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
King & Duke
Our favorite thing about King + Duke is that they name their cocktails after literature. Let’s just say we’ve dog-eared their concoction entitled A Rose for Emily, filled with Four Roses bourbon, all-spice liqueur, plum cordial and lemon. (Sounds right up Faulkner’s alley to us.)

One Eye Jack
Empire State South
The winter may keep us away from Empire State South’s renowned patio, but that’s okay. ESS’s One Eye Jack is enough to keep us warm inside, enjoying all of the delicious grub the restaurant has to offer. One Eye Jack mixes up bourbon, lemon, bitters and grapefruit for a refreshing drink.

Ol’ Bobo
Ol’ Bobo
Ol’ Bobo pairs up rye whiskey with sherry, bitter orange, lemon, clove and vanilla. Simple ingredients that come together to make one extraordinary whiskey drink. Paper Plane’s atmosphere adds to the allure as well.

Still can’t decide? Here’s a pro-tip for ya – head over to Mac McGee’s in Decatur, they have over 70 (!) bourbons available and the back of the menu is your personal encyclopedia for where the whiskeys hail from and more info on the drink selection.

Scoutmob contributor Muriel Vega is a lifetime resident of ATL and full-time authorian legend, as well as a pie enthusiast. She has a dog that may be a meme and really loves to travel. You can read more of her work at the website that she co-edits, Common Creativ ATL.