Memorable morning cocktails to jump-start your day
STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin
A Bloody Mary, mimosa or bellini can start the day off with a kick to be sure. However, some of the city’s most creative mixologists are going beyond the early-in-the-day staples to concoct breakfast sips to remember. Here are three tasty examples.
Bon Ton: Lazy Waker Half Frozen
The Vietnamese and Cajun influences are felt in the creative menu at this quirky restaurant on Myrtle Street in Midtown. If the neon-lit sign declaring “Fancy Service” doesn’t wake you up, the Lazy Waker’s 50/50 blend of Guinness and frozen Vietnamese coffee spiked with Irish whiskey, with a bonus shot of smoked bourbon, is sure to do the trick.
Joy Cafe: The High Rise
This cocktail’s name is perfectly appropriate, given the cheery Joy Cafe sits on the street level of one of Midtown’s high-rise buildings. The blend of Cathead vodka, elderflower syrup, peach-mint syrup, fresh cucumber, mint, lemon and lime is a flavorful accompaniment to chef Joy Beber’s made-from-scratch fare.
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall: Hand Shake Deal
Scores of revelers flock to this BeltLine adjacent bar for afternoon and evening libations, but come first thing and begin your morning with this refreshing cocktail made simply with Belle Isle ruby red grapefruit moonshine, St-Germain, grapefruit juice and soda. It’s the perfect drink to wash down one of the kitchen’s tasty avocado toasts or pulled-pork griddle cakes.