They are shaking things up at Holeman & Finch and Restaurant Eugene with new bartenders and cocktail programs. At Holeman & Finch, Sara Justice, from PDT in NYC, is the lead bartender. We were lucky enough to be included in a small crowd that sampled some of her favorite new cocktails at Holeman & Finch and find out a little more about her.
Sara’s been in Atlanta for about four years and has previously worked at Leon’s in Decatur. Not surprisingly, it is still one of her favorite places for cocktails, along with Kimball House and Paper Plane. She’s introducing some lower proof cocktails (so you can have more than one and feel safe driving home!) that are still tasty and she’s a fan of using buttermilk in cocktails too!
Techniques / Tips
1.) To preserve fizziness of liquid, pour into a glass while stirring
2.) Misting bitters is a terrific way to infuse them into a cocktail
3.) Madeira works well in cocktails
I preferred the first cocktail, Soi 65 made with Vodka, of the trio the best. A Boquet (pictured in the middle) is a gin based drink, with the Holy Elixir being a rum-based one.