Far too many times the sake cocktail seems to be overlooked and I have absolutely no idea why because: 1) They tend to be pretty cheap and 2) They’re just as tasty as some of the liquor-based cocktails out there. If you’re looking to get your sake fix or even get your hands on a sake cocktail for the first time then look no further than Doc Chey’s Noodle House.
Doc Chey’s serves up a number of sake cocktails and also features a number of appetizing dishes like fresh Vietnamese basil rolls, Shanghai dumplings, and Japanese teriyaki udon. And apparently I’m not one of the cool kids because up until now I had absolutely no idea that you could actually infuse sake with various flavors. For instance Doc Chey’s features sake’s that are infused with flavors like cucumber and black plum and apple cinnamon. And if you’re looking for a sake cocktail that isn’t too out of the ordinary Doc Chey’s also serves up a sake-rita (their version of the margarita) at their Grant Park location. Oh and somehow I’ve managed to forget the best part, all of Doc Chey’s sake cocktails are only $4. At that price I think you can afford to give liquor cocktails a little break.
Doc Chey’s Noodle House – 563 Memorial Drive Atlanta, GA 30312 – (404) 688-4238
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Midtown restaurant Escorpion’s La Tradicional (traditional margarita) is already somewhat of a bargain at $6, but factor in the Scoutmob discount and you’ve really got yourself a cocktail on the cheap. You’re basically getting the La Tradicional for three bucks. (You of course have to factor in your Scoutmob max discount) Escorpion’s La Tradicional is made using Jimador Blanco tequila, Triple Sec, and lime and is served on the rocks. Since Escorpion is also a Mexican tequila bar the restaurant features an extensive cocktail menu designed by head mixologist Gilbert Marquez.
I’ve had the opportunity to check out Escorpion once, but unfortunately I didn’t sample any of their drinks. But I can say that their queso and shrimp tacos are pretty tasty if you’re looking for an edible companion to your cocktail. I did glance at their drink menu and the cool thing about their menu is that there’s actually a rating system which shows you how strong each drink is. So whether you’re looking for something potent or something on the lighter side their rating system helps you find that ideal cocktail.
Late last year I had the opportunity to check out the Chuy’s VIP Preview which took place a day before the grand opening of the Chuy’s Atlanta location. And as expected I was most excited to check out Chuy’s margaritas during the preview especially after doing some brief research on them on the Chuy’s Website. My margarita of choice that night was the Strawberry Chuy’s Famous Rita with a dot of lime margarita (pictured above).
The cool thing about Chuy’s is that you can “swirl & dot” your margaritas meaning you can have your drink swirled and have equal parts of two different flavors or dot your drink and have a small bit of one flavor added to your margarita. Pretty cool, right? And the best part is the Chuy’s Famous Ritas sell for only $5.75 which seems pretty reasonable for a tasty, restaurant margarita. The Chuy’s Famous Ritas are made using Giro tequila by Sauza, but if you’re in the mood for something more high-end Chuy’s also offers margaritas made using Patron for a higher price.
Chuy’s – 118 Perimeter Center West Atlanta, GA 30346 – (770) 351-7777
What’s better than your favorite cocktail? How about your favorite cocktail on the cheap? I’m talking $1.95 cheap. In a city like Atlanta you’d be hard pressed to find a cocktail that cheap especially one that isn’t served at a random, hole in the wall bar. But at Lenox Square Grill their cocktails (made with well liquor) are $1.95 all day, everyday. And if you think they’re serving up extra weak drinks then think again my friend. Last time I was at Lenox Square Grill I almost asked for more juice in my margarita because it was just that strong. But we all know that asking for more juice in your cocktail is quite the wussy move so I manned up and drank my margarita (a.k.a tequila with a small splash of margarita mix).
Lenox Square Grill – 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 – (404) 841-2377