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The Heron Social Club

The ‘burbs may be devoid of craft cocktail bars, but this doesn’t mean they’re lacking in craft cocktails. Instead, we’ve moved the drinks to the kitchens and the living rooms of a neighborhood cocktail club. We get together once a month to mix (and drink) cocktails, and each month has a different theme. A little bit of history and bar-tending education is thrown in with each drink, but mostly it’s about getting together and having fun.

Here you can find out when the next meeting is, what spirits we’ve tried, and what drinks we mixed on previous meetings.

The Next Meeting Is: ???

Hosted By: ???

The Theme Is: ???

Featuring: ???

Previous Meeting: Harvest Party, featuring the Carousel Punch and our Autumn Menu

(click the drink names for recipes)

Previous Evenings:

Cocktail Night I: Begin With Gin

Featured Spirits: Ransom Old Tom, Hendrick’s Gin, Plymouth Gin, Martini Sweet Vermouth, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Regan’s Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters
Featured Drinks: Martinez, Classic Martini, Fitzgerald

Cocktail Night II: Bourbon & Rye

Featured Spirits: Bulleit Rye, Bulleit Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Russell’s Rye, Martini Sweet Vermouth, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Homemade Grenadine, Angostura Bitters
Featured Drinks: Scofflaw, Whiskey Sour, Manhattan

Cocktail Night III: Refreshing Rum Drinks

Featured Spirits: Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Banks 5-Island Rum, Homemade Spiced Rum, Royal Jamaican Rum, Pusser’s Rum
Featured Drinks: Daiquiri, Mojito, Painkiller

Cocktail Night IV: Holiday Spice

Featured Spirits: Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, Appleton Extra 12-Year Jamaican Rum, Bitter Truth Pimento Dram, Mount Gay Extra Old, Velvet Falernum, Angostura Bitters, Milagro Silver Tequila, Marie Brizard Créme de Cacao
Featured Drinks: Zoar Valley Punch, Corn n’ Oil, Frostbite 

Cocktail Night V: Dark n’ Spicy

Featured Spirits: Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, Gosling’s Ginger Beer, Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum, DeKuyper Orange Curaçao, Angostura Bitters, Fee Bros. Whiskey Bitters, Cruzan Black Strap Rum
Tasted Spirits: Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican Rum, Rhum Brabancourt 8-year, El Dorado 15-year Demerara Rum
Featured Drinks: Dark n’ Stormy, Cable Car, Captain’s Blood

Cocktail Night VI: The Perfect Pair

Featured Spirits: Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, Plymouth Gin
Tasted Spirits: Laird’s Old Apple Brandy, Peychaud’s Bitters
Featured Drinks: Jack Rose, Pink Lady

Cocktail Night VII: Sazeracs for All!

Featured Spirits: Sazerac 6-year Rye, Camus V.S.O.P. Cognac, Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte, Peychaud’s Bitters
Featured Drinks: Sazerac with Rye, Sazerac with Cognac

Cocktail Night VIII: A Night Out

Featured Drinks: The Cocktails of Double-Zero Napoletana in Sandy Springs, including the Blackberry Jaqueline, LPR, Neopolitan Sour, Sazerac, and the Barrel-Aged Negroni

Cocktail Night IX: Veintiséis de Mayo

Featured Spirits: José Cuervo Tradicional Silver, Patrón Citronge, Alma Tequila Añejo, Dekuyper Créme de Cassis, Gosling’s Ginger Beer
Featured Drinks: Margarita, El Diablo 

Cocktail Night X: Harvest Party

Featured Drinks: Carousel Punch, Autumn Leaves, The Battery, Black Bart, Hauptmann Cocktail

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3 comments on “The Heron Social Club

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  2. Steve
    May 26, 2015

    Wonderful idea! How about a “regular” thing at Mars (lifeatmars.com)? Yours is a great blog, and great to meet you there.

    • IJ Lauer
      May 31, 2015

      Thanks, Steve. Good to meet you to. Wouldn’t mind setting up a cocktail club here in the neighborhood…though I find it’s easier and more fun to host at neighbors’ houses. Then again, I didn’t have access to a neighborhood bar in the past. We’ll see!

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