WARM UP WITH WINTER COCKTAILS
By Edible Asheville Staff
Embrace the chilly weather with Asheville’s mixologists and settle in for an evening of cocktails and conversation
29 N Market St #105, Asheville
Our Pick: Winter Bull
Give your winter date nights an upgrade by sipping a cocktail at Sovereign Remedies. This spot tucked away in downtown Asheville has a creative drink menu that is perfect for a cozy night out. This place is what we would consider “elevated casual,” and we recommend grabbing a seat at the bar for the ultimate experience. In choosing from their seasonal cocktail menu, we opted for the Winter Bull with rye, apple brandy, Montenegro, Jamaican rum, walnut bitters, Spritz of Islay scotch, and a cinnamon stick on top. The flavors in this liquor-forward drink are exquisite. We suggest pairing the drink with an order of the fried fingerling potatoes. The next time you find yourself in downtown Asheville, this is a must-try place.
Burial Beer’s Forestry Camp
10 Shady Oak Dr, Asheville
Our Pick: Fireside Chat
You may know Burial Beer Co. for their beer, but this taproom located near Biltmore Village is also an ideal spot to grab a cocktail. The space is rustic and cozy, instantly transporting you to a cabin in the woods upon entrance. To fit this comforting atmosphere, we opted for a cocktail titled the “Fireside Chat” at the bartender’s suggestion. This drink mixes vodka, dark rum, coffee-infused rye, Kahlúa, Chemist chocolate orange, and cold brew. The chocolate-orange flavors mixed with coffee make for a rich, dessert-like beverage. Their winter menu is full of complex and creative flavor profiles, some even incorporating local carrot and beet juice. Forestry Camp is a perfect place to warm up this winter, with an inviting atmosphere as well as beer, wine, and cocktail options to please a crowd.
241 Broadway St, Asheville
Our Pick: 1870s Old Fashioned
Our tip for getting through the winter? Jazz and an old fashioned from Little Jumbo. This neighborhood bar is a favorite among Asheville locals for incredible drinks and friendly service. The best way to describe the drink menu at Little Jumbo is intentional, elevating even the simplest of drinks. Take the 1870s Old Fashioned, for example, which is a crowd favorite for a reason. A mix of bourbon, Demerara sugar, Angostura bitters, and Fee Brothers’ whiskey barrel-agedbitters, this drink is perfect for warming up on even the coldest of Asheville days. If looking for an excuse to grab a cocktail during the work week, we encourage you to catch one of the jazz shows that happen on Monday and Tuesday from 7-10PM.
Antidote at Chemist Spirits
151 Coxe Ave, Asheville
Our Pick: Fancy-Like
In a city known for its beer, Antidote has become a highly reputable place to grab a cocktail. The reason for this is no surprise; Antidote creates unique cocktails for every time of the year. We opted for the Fancy-Like, which is a gin cocktail with saffron, Liquor 43, pistachio, orange juice, rose, and spices. This gin concoction is sweet and creamy, and the pistachio and rose combination is especially delightful. If looking for a classy spot to meet with friends this winter, consider this your sign to make a trip to Antidote.
Top of the Monk
92 Patton Ave, Asheville
Our Pick: Warm Winter Wassail
Hidden directly above the bustling Thirsty Monk Brewery, this bar is a pleasant escape from the business of downtown. Head straight up the stairs to the left of the Thirsty Monk entrance and you are transported to a classy, sit-down-style cocktail bar. If you want it to feel like the holidays all winter long, we could not recommend the Warm Winter Wassail enough. This drink is served hot with mulled wine, locally sourced apple cider, aged rum, citrus, and winter spices. It is their take on the traditional holiday punch, and we cannot get enough of it. If wanting something a little stronger than apple cider to keep you warm this winter, this cocktail is the way to go.
Asheville’s mixologists offer cold-weather cocktails to warm the winter soul.
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