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Top 5 Mixologists

Looking to quench your thirst? Try any of the innovative cocktails from these local experts. 

Top 5 Mixologists in Atlanta

Madison Burch in action pouring one of her famous concoctions at GRAIN

1. Madison Burch, GRAIN
Burch has been shaking up the city’s cocktail scene by creating storied cocktail programs at not one, but three Atlanta restaurants. As beverage director for Seven Lamps, Tavernpointe and GRAIN, Burch’s strengths lie in her reverence for classic cocktails and wildly innovative spirits. She mixes Manhattans and Sazeracs using eye-opening ingredients like Sichuan, curry and liquid nitrogen. The 6th & West ($11) with rye, chicory liqueur, amaro ciociaro and orange/chocolate bitters transcends time. 856 W. Peachtree St. NE, 404.881.5377

2. Keyatta Mincey, Serpas True Food
A drink star that continues to rise to the occasion in the Atlanta cocktail scene, Mincey has cultivated her skills behind the stick at Serpas as lead mixologist with occasional guest bartending stints at The Sound Table. The former model/actress now crafts bright and vibrant cocktails as bubbly as her personality, like the Lavender Sunshine ($10)—a sultry mix of Tanqueray No. Ten, dolin blanc, lavender simple syrup, lime and 18.21 bitters. 659 Auburn Ave., Ste. 501, 404.688.0040

3. Sean Gleason, Cape Dutch & Biltong Bar
Beverage Director Gleason is the brains behind the buzzy beverages at South African concepts Cape Dutch and Biltong Bar. Gleason has created unique bar programs that marry thoughtful sips with the spices of South African cuisine. We’re particularly grateful for the Old-Fashioned-inspired Luchador ($12) with anejo and reposado tequilas, agave, and angostura bitters at Biltong Bar that pairs brilliantly with the spiced, dry-aged meats. 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, 678.515.0620 

4. Mercedes O’Brien, Gunshow
O’Brien curates a truly unique cocktail experience at equally unique dim-sum concept Gunshow. Tapped by former Top Chef Kevin Gillespie to create a cocktail program was quite the notch on her belt. Developing a program of 10 weekly cocktails from the constraints of a mobile-car cart, her mastery at mixology shines in the Toasted Old-Fashioned ($10) with bourbon, bitters, burnt sugar, bruleed cinnamon and flamed orange that never leaves the menu. 924 Garrett St., 404.380.1886

5. Kaleb Cribb, Holeman and Finch Public House
With a 12-year-long stint in the industry, Cribb leverages his expertise as a Certified Spirits Specialist (CSS) into subtle whiskey sippers like the Pretty Brown Eyes ($13) with bourbon, Benedictine, lemon and Malbec; and the rye-filled Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire ($13) with mescal, creme sherry, honey and barrel-aged whiskey bitters that continue to keep patrons clamoring for more than just the storied burger at Holeman and Finch Public House. 2277 Peachtree Road NW, 404.948.1175