But were a woman magically capable of getting her hands on a bottle of the 1958-produced, smooth-sipping Maker's Mark, she certainly couldn't have asked for more than the White Hall. Offered at downtown restaurant Luxe, their pleasingly strong version of a mint julep features plenty of the name-brand bourbon, with natural rock sugar, a splash of seltzer and a surprising twist of orange mint sweetening the deal.
In fact, most Atlantans couldn't ask for much more than the restaurant's selection of self-described culinary cocktails. Boasting city-inspired names like the Piedmont and the Auburn, Luxe offers something more inspiring as a prelude to a night on the town than your average cosmo. Delightfully summery, the former refreshes with grapefruit juice, Hangar One mandarin, triple sec and a dash of orange blossom syrup, while the latter takes a spicier note, as fresh apple and fennel juice are coupled with Hangar One and Pernod to create a tantalizing take on the sour apple martini.
While these chilly concoctions help keep a self-respecting Southern girl's perspiration at bay without causing her figure to flirt with disaster, richer blends do await those more interested in a liquid dessert than a liquid diet. In the Courtland, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, lemongrass syrup and a touch of half-and-half combine to create a sweet treat best for post-meal indulgences.
Though the bar's granite countertops form an ideal resting place for a slender martini glass, the scene-stealer is decidedly Luxe's famed art deco bar. Among the longest in Atlanta, its curvaceous amber wood gleams against navy walls. Just to the side, a pale blue lounge with fluffy, oversized cobalt-blue couches beckons those who find the barstools don't provide quite the back support. Large, cylindrical lamps drop from the ceiling casting a warm glow over the happy hour crowd made up of both businesspeople and tourists.
Come in with your hair newly bobbed, sport your sassiest heels and a skirt ready for rockin' the Charleston, and Luxe guarantees a trip down 1920s memory lane, minus all those pesky prohibition laws.
Luxe Restaurant, 89 Park Place. 404-389-0800. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.(lunch), 5:30-10 p.m. (dinner); Fri., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (lunch), 5:30-11 p.m. (dinner); Sat., 5:30-11 p.m. (dinner). www.luxerestaurant.com.
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