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JP Atlanta’s Mixology Class Puts a Spin on Classic Cocktails

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Don Draper approved cocktails await at the luxurious JP Atlanta, downtown.

JP Atlanta is a new cocktail bar that’s opened downtown. Executive chef Julio Delgado, who’s worked at  Ritz-Carlton and was executive chef of Château Élan Winery & Resort, is now the chef and chief mixologist at JP Atlanta. Delgado also taught a cocktail class at the Americas Mart show and I was able to attend.

Delgado says of JP Atlanta that they’ve reinterpreted both classic dishes and cocktails from the 1960s. He aims to have the menu items “tell a familiar story with surprising twists. “Signature dishes on the JP Atlanta menu include Chicken “à la king, Beef short rib “bourguignonne, Braised lamb neck.

Chef Julio Delgado shows the Mixology Class how to whip up tasty cocktails.

The handcrafted cocktail program gives another nod to the 1960s. JP Atlanta’s signature cocktail is a half-dozen creative homages to the Old-Fashioned, including:

  • Draper Redux, named for a certain “Mad Man,” featuring rye, bitters, soda, sugar, orange and Luxardo cherries
  • Diego’s Dram, a south of the border variation with reposado tequila, crème de cacao, xocolati mole bitters and sesame

We were all set up with the ingredients at our tables to create our fancy cocktails with guidance from Julio Delgado. See the recipes for the three cocktails we created at the Mixology demo below.

Cheers to a successful Mixology class at Americas Mart in Atlanta

Draper Redux Cocktail
2 oz Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz. Luxardo Cherry
Dash Angostura Bitters
1/2 oz. Demerara Syrup
Top with splash of soda

Directions: Mix bitters, Demerara syrup, and whiskey. Shake and top with splash of soda. Garnish with Luxardo cherry.

Hillard’s Atrium Cocktail
1 oz. Bertina Elderflower
3/4 oz. Suze Apertif
4 oz. Champagne
1 Cucumber slice
1 Mint leaf

Hilliard’s Atrium Cocktail with Champagne

Mix Suze and St. Germain Liquer with mint. Shake and pour into champagne flute. Top with champagne.

Mai Way Cocktail
1.5 oz. Jack Daniels
3/4 oz. Orange Curacao
1/2 oz. Pecan Orgeat
3/4 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Coca-Cola

Mix lime juice, orang curacao, pecan orgeat and whiskey. Shake and pour in to rocks glass. Garnish with orange slice and mint sprig.

I’d never heard of Pecan Orgeat before. What a unique flavor! I love that JP Atlanta is introducing us to these classic cocktails with a twist.

JP Atlanta is located at 230 Peachtree Street. Valet parking is available, and self-parking at 219 Peachtree and the AmericasMart Atlanta parking deck is validated for two hours. For more information, visit http://www.jpatlanta.com.