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1. Tickets for the premiere went on sale at Loews Grand Theater on November 18, 1939.

2. The premiere festivities lasted from December 13-15, 1939.

3. Ann Rutherford (Careen O’Hara) was the first star to arrive, on December 13. She was given the key to the city.

4. One of Ann’s first stops was at the Atlanta Journal newspaper offices, where she requested to see where Margaret Mitchell worked. She had her picture taken at the typewriter Ms. Mitchell used.

5. Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O’Hara) arrived on December 13, accompanied by Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Wilkes), Mr. and Mrs. Selznick and Laurence Olivier.

6. Evelyn Keyes (Suellen O’Hara) and Ona Munson (Belle Watling) also arrived on December 13.

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7. Arriving on December 14 were Laura Hope Crews (Aunt Pittypat), Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.

8. The American Airlines airplane that brought Clark and Carole to Atlanta was painted “MGM Gone with the Wind Special Flight to Atlanta Premiere.”

9. Director Victor Fleming was not happy about having to attend the premiere. He backed out when his dear friend Douglas Fairbanks Sr. died on December 12. The funeral was held at Forest Lawn at the same time as the premiere; Fleming was a pallbearer.

10. 300,000 people crowded Peachtree Street in Atlanta to get a glimpse of the stars in the motorcade.

11. Speaking in front of the Georgian Terrace Hotel: David O. Selznick, Evelyn Keyes, Kay Kyser, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Vivien Leigh.

12. The stars were gifted with Wedgewood Ware tea and coffee sets, painted with highlights of Atlanta’s 100 year history.

13. A press party was held on December 14 at the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

14. The cast stayed at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, with the exception of Vivien Leigh who stayed at a private residence, along with Laurence Olivier.

15. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard stayed in the royal suite, rooms 918-19-20.

16. The Atlanta Junior League Ball was attended by the cast on the evening of December 14,

17. The next day the Atlanta newspaper printed a detailed account of nearly every ballgown that each woman wore to the ball.

18 .On December 15 the stars attended a showing of the Battle of Atlanta at the Cyclorama.

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19. A press party was held at the Piedmont Driving Club after the Cyclorama event, where the stars mingled with Margaret Mitchell.

20. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard met up with his uncle Charlie Gable, who owned a movie theater in Florida and came up to Atlanta for the chance to see his nephew.

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21. Original costumes from the film were shipped to Atlanta and were on display in department stores during the premiere festivities. Among them: Scarlett’s wedding gown, Rhett’s Twelve Oaks barbecue suit and Scarlett’s curtain dress.

22. The movie began at 8:15pm.

23. The cost of a ticket to the premiere was $10.

24. Since Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were both married to others, his attendance at the premiere was explained as he was there “on his own business” and escorted Olivia de Havilland to the ball and the film.

25. Carole Lombard’s premiere gown was lavender satin, with a matching coat and organza hood.

26. Loews Grand Theater could seat 2,031 people.

27. Among the celebrities attending who were not in the film: Claudette Colbert, Ginny Sims, Kay Kyser and golfer Bobby Jones.

28. Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes) did not attend the premiere, as he had returned to his native England to aid in the war effort.

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29. Arrangements had been made to sneak Clark and Carole in and out of the various premiere events, but Clark refused those arrangements, saying ” Listen, I came here. They begged me to come. The people want to see me. I don’t want to go ducking in back doors.”

30. Hattie McDaniel did not attend the premiere, as Georgia was segregated in 1939 and she would not have been permitted to stay in the same hotel or sit in the same theater as the white stars.

31. As Clark and Carole rode down Peachtree Street in the motorcade, women threw their gloves, hats, and yes, even their underwear at him.

32. Clark would only attend the premiere if he could fly separately from David Selznick.

33. The premiere program was 18 pages and featured essays from the film’s stars.

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34. Pictures from the premiere all show Vivien Leigh in her fur coat, so her dress is not seen. Her gown was gold lame’, quilted in a rose pattern and featured gold sequins. It was designed by Walter Plunkett, the costume designer of GWTW.

35. Thirty young ladies from Weslyan College were selected to be hostesses at Loews, all dressed in antebellum costumes.

36. Several surviving Confederate veterans attended, all in their nineties.

37. In the foyer of the theater, a sign read” Gone with the Wind: Never in a Lifetime Have Eyes Beheld Its Equal.”

38. The back of the sign read: “Gone with the Wind Will Not Be Shown Anywhere Except at Advanced Prices–At Least Until 1941. Buy Reserved Seats Now”

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39. Five 800-million candlepower searchlights were used for the premiere, borrowed from the 214th Coast Artillery’s anti-aircraft unit. These, in addition to MGM searchlights and the hundreds of flashbulbs flashing, made the night sky light up like day.

40. A 13 year old boy named Nathan Teplies broke through the barricades to meet Clark and Carole. The police tried to push him away but the Gables smiled and insisted on shaking the boy’s hand.

41. Among the promotion items available at Atlanta department stores during the premiere festivities: A motion picture edition of the book, a 2-volume edition of the book, luggage tags, compacts, handkerchiefs, nail polish, perfume, jewelry, stationary, dolls, candies, scarves, dresses, sports coats, hosiery, slips,  window treatments, toothpaste, cookbooks,  and games.

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42.Six thousand people attended a jamboree featuring Kay Kyser on the night of the premiere, arranged by the premiere committee so that there was something to do for those who could not obtain a ticket to the film.

43. The governor of Georgia had declared December 15 a state holiday and government offices and most business were closed.

44. Later in his life, Clark’s memories of the premiere were limited to how nice the people of Atlanta were and how beautiful Carole had looked. “People were just agog at Ma–she was so beautiful. They were all at her feet.”

45. Clark did not see the film before the premiere–and didn’t see all of it until the mid 1940’s. He fell asleep.clark gable vivien leigh margaret mitchell olivia de hailland david selznick gone with the wind

This is one heartwarming story from the set of Gone with the Wind. Lenny Bluett, a young black man playing an extra in the film, was distraught over discovering that the port-a-potties on the set were labeled for White and Colored. He brought to the attention of Clark Gable, who had a few choice words for Vic Fleming and the property manager…

 

I just love that video.

Clark was far from perfect (who is?) but it ruffles my feathers when I have heard people call him racist (don’t even get me started on Marcella Rabwin’s book!!!). I have no idea where that came from, but he was in no way racist. He and Hattie McDaniel were very fond of each other; in fact one of the reasons he didn’t want to attend the premiere of GWTW in Atlanta was that Hattie couldn’t go because of segregation.

Lenny is still with us, at 95 years of age!

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Many people over the years have seen the above photo of Clark clutching hands and beaming at this random brunette woman in Atlanta and wondered, WHO is that incredibly lucky girl?

The answer is…Mildred Hartsfield.

William B. Hartsfield was the 49th Mayor of the city of Atlanta (and yes, that airport you transfer in everytime you fly Delta is named after him). He was mayor from 1937-1962, the longest tenure of any Atlanta mayor. He was in full support of hosting the premiere of Gone with the Wind , seeing it as an oppurtunity to show off his fine city to the world and therefore pulled out all the stops. He declared the day of the premiere (December 15, 1939) a holiday and gave city workers the day off.  Hartsfield’s date to the three-day  extravaganza was his starstruck 20 year-old daughter, Mildred.

Mildred was the envy of millions of swooning fans when she was given the honor of sitting next to, and constantly conversing with, Clark Gable. I constantly see photos of her and Clark mislabeled as other women, but it is indeed lucky Mildred! She definitely seems enamoured with Clark! Who can blame her…

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Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, William Hartsfield and Mildred Hartsfield outside the Atlanta Junior League Ball, 12/14/1939

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Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, William Hartsfield and Mildred Hartsfield outside the Atlanta Junior League Ball, 12/14/1939

 

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Mildred Hartsfield, Clark Gab le and Carole Lombard at the Atlanta Junior League Ball, 12/14/1939

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Mildred Hartsfield talks to Clark Gable at the Atlanta Junior League Ball, 12/14/1939

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Mildred Harstflield and Clark Gable at the Atlanta Junior League Ball, 12/14/1939

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Left to Right: Margaret Mitchell, John Marsh, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, William Hartsfield and Mildred Hartsfield at the premiere of “Gone with the Wind,” 12/15/1939

 

Mildred passed away on February 16, 2012, at the age of 92. As for what she was whispering to Clark, we can only guess…

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The Atlanta Convention and Vistors Bureau, to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film, is promoting a contest among local restaurants to see who has the best Gone with the Wind-themed cocktail!

Even if you don’t live in Atlanta and can’t make it out these fine restaurants to try the concoctions, you can make your own at home, per the recipes below. I’m not much of a drinker, but I’m enjoying the names–“Selfish and Shewd,”  “A Bid for Scarlett,” “Courage or Reputation,” “Tara Tea,” “Don’t Call Me Sugar, “Sweet Melanie,” and “Don’t Drink Alone.”

You can vote for your favorite here.

Entries:

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Aja
Take Her to Bed

After a long day of love and war, Rhett turns to a sweet after-dinner drink.

1.5 oz Southern Comfort, 1 oz evaporated milk, 1/4 oz simple syrup, 1 fresh lemon strip, zest of 1/2 lemon, ice: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously until frothy. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Fresh lemon
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Alma Cocina
Fuego Sur

A spicy sweet mango boozy iced tea.

1.5 oz Mango and Habanero infused Herradura Reposado, 1 oz Woodford Rsv. Bourbon, 1 oz. Jus d’Manguier Mango Liqueur, 1 oz Lemon Juice, .5 oz Pecan simple syrup, 2 oz Black Tea.

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Andrews Entertainment District
The Bonnie Blue

The Bonnie Blue is named after Scarlett and Rhett’s spirited daughter.

2 oz of Bombay Sapphire, ½ oz of Drambuie 15, 1 dash of orange bitters, 1/8 oz of dry sherry, 6 cut orange coins for flaming. Coat a chilled cocktail coupe with the dry sherry discarding excess. Flame 5 orange coins into chilled coupe.

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Aqua Blue Restaurant
It’s About Bourbon, Thyme & Scarlet

Woodford Reserve Bourbon infused with sweet honey, savory thyme and fresh lemon juice.

1 1/2 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 1/2 oz homemade honey thyme syrup, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1/4oz allspice dram, garnish with a fresh thyme spring.

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Atlanta Fish Market
The Atlantabellum

The drink comes on strong but there’s a softer finish to it as well – just like Rhett.

1 1/4 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon, 3/4 oz Amaretto, Dash Blood Orange Bitters, Orange wedge squeezed and added. Stirred with ice and served up.

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Atlanta Grill (Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta)
Aunt Pitty’s Sweet Tea Julep

Cool and refreshing with plenty of southern charm and sophistication.

1¼ oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon, 1 oz Southern Comfort, 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice, 1 oz Simple Syrup 4 oz Strong Tea, 2 Sprigs Fresh Mint. Muddle one sprig of mint in a shaker cup. Add ice and the rest of ingredients to shaker and pour into tall glass.

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Bantam and Biddy (Anley Mall)
Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sour

1.5 oz Whiskey, 1 oz freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice, 1/4 to 1/2 oz simple syrup, according to taste and maraschino cherry garnish into stemless martini glass.

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Bistro Niko
Thyme’s Essence

While he ponders his feelings for Scarlett, Rhett is sipping this delightfully refreshing cocktail.

1 1/4 oz Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, Lemon-Thyme infusion (secret recipe available upon request – basically a simply syrup infused with preserved lemon and thyme). Shaken, served over rocks with candied thyme garnish .

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Buckhead Diner
Tara Tea

The perfect sipping cocktail for Rhett to enjoy while in the library.

1 1/4 oz Hangar 1, ¾ oz St. Germaine liqueur, 1-1/4 oz grapefruit juice, 2 oz sweet tea, 2 mint leaves, 2 squeezed lemon wedges. Shake hard and strain over ice. Garnish with mint leaf.

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Chops Lobster Bar
Courage or Reputation?

This cocktail has so much courage, it doesn’t need a reputation.

2 oz Herradura anejo, 1/2 oz vanilla infused cognac, 1/4 oz Antico formula sweet vermouth, 2 dashes of Fee Brothers old fashioned bitters. Stir well, serve up in a martini glass with orange peel garnish.

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CineBistro at Town Brookhaven
Gingered Honey Whiskey Punch

Jack Daniel’s Honey with muddled ginger, peach puree, brewed tea, apple and Lemon juices.

Ginger, peeled (1 inch piece), Peach Puree (1.5 oz), Brewed Tea (3 oz), Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey (1.5 oz), Apple Juice or Cider (1 oz), Fresh Lemon Juice (1 oz)…muddle ginger in puree, add the rest, shake and pour over ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

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Cuts Steakhouse
Reign of Tara

2 oz Herradura, .5 oz thai chili simple syrup, 2 lime wedge squeezed and 2 basil leaves. Shake and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish- lime twist wrapped around a thai chili pepper.

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Dantanna’s
Twelve Oaks

Charred oak aged Herradura tequila with local Georgia wildflower honey and fresh lime juice.

1 1/2 oz Charred oak aged Herradura, 3/4 oz Cointreau, 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 1 tbsp Georgia wildflower. Rimmed with szechuan peppercorn/kosher salt mix.
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Donlan & Greenbaum’s New York Prime Restaurant
Cucumber Lime Rickey

Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lime Juice, Cucumber, Sugar, Soda

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Ecco
A Note from Scarlett

This is what Rhett drank to make him forget about Scarlett and the Georgia heat.

1.5 oz Bacardi, .5 oz fresh lemon juice, .5 oz Aperol, .5 oz Combier Pamplemousse, .25 oz simple syrup, 2 dash orange bitters, shake and strain over a boulder cube and serve in a high ball glass. Top with bubbling brut Rose.

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Fandangles Restaurant & Martini Bar
The Closing Belle

What Rhett Butler would drink in 2014. Well balanced and delicious, it’s a take on an Arnold Palmer.

1 oz earl grey infused Bombay Sapphire Gin, .5oz Bombay Sapphire gin, .5 oz Velvet Falermun, 1 oz fresh citrus juice (lemon& lime), .5 oz peach peppercorn syrup. Topped with club soda and ginger ale and garnished with a spanked basil leaf.

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FLIP burger boutique
The Phoenix

Refreshing, sweet heat.

El jimador tequila, cranberry-jalapeno puree, lime, agave

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Hard Rock Cafe
O’ Scarlett Blue

An electric and surprising as the women in Rhett’s life.

1 1/4 oz Bombay, 1/2 oz Peach Snapps, 1/2 oz Blue Curao, 1/4 oz St. Germaine Ed. Flower, 1 oz Scratch Lemonade, topped with Sierra Mist and garnished with pleach flower.

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Highland Tap
Bonnie Blue’s Revival

Woodford Reserve, House made Rosemary Sweet Water, Peach Bitters, Orange Skin over ice.

1 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 oz Rosemary Sweet Water, 4 dashes of Peach Bitters, Orange Skin Garnish

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Holeman & Finch Public House
Bad Reputation

1.5 oz Woodford Reserve; .5 oz La Favorite Ambre, 1 tsp. Petite Canne Cane Syrup, 1 dash bitters, 2 dashes Honeysuckle Tincture, stir, king cube, no garnish.

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Horseradish Grill
Buckhead Bow tie

1.5 oz Jack Tennessee honey, .5 ozTuaca, .25 oz agave nectar, 1 oz Sour mix, 1 sprig Fresh chocolate mint, .5 oz club soda, crushed granulated sugar.

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Joey D’s Oak Room
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Apple

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Apple Liqueur and a splash of sprite, sour.

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Kevin Rathbun Steak
El Mayordomo

This is a play on a Hemingway Daiquiri. El Mayordomo is spanish for “The Butler”.

1.5 oz Herradura Blanco Tequilia, .25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, .75 oz fresh lime juice, .25 oz fresh pineapple juice, .25 oz agave syrup. Shake well and serve up in a martini glass. No garnish, garnishes are for chicks.

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KR SteakBar
Blockade Runner

Boozy, slightly sweet.

1.5 oz Bacardi Silver, .5 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, .5 oz Alvear Pedro Jimenez Sherry, 7 dashes Pechauds bitters and an orange twist.

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Kyma
Scarlett Stare

An alluring, cool green cocktail with a surprising hint of sweetness.

1 oz. Bombay Sapphire .5 oz. Effen Cucumber Vodka Fresh muddled cucumber & fresh dill Fresh lemon juice Housemade simple syrup, splash club soda Shaken, served in a martini glass or on the rocks. Garnish with cucumber slice, cucumber juice ice-cube.

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La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
Our Sweet Honeymoon

A reminder to Rhett the money spent on a NO honeymoon with a hint of bitterness reminiscent of ATL.

1.5 oz Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, 1 oz Domaine de Canton, 1.5 oz sweet and sour, 0.5 oz orange juice, 0.25 oz Blood Orange Bitters, Shake and serve over ice.

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La Tavola Trattoria
A Bid for Scarlett

Sweet meets bitter in this refreshing patio sipper.

1 oz Hangar 1, .5 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Tourino, .5 oz Art in the Age of Ruby, .25 oz Aperol, Agnostura bitters, lemon peel.

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Livingroom [Inside the W Atlanta Downtown] The Mistress

Gin and Rose based cocktail.

1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire, .5 oz Lillet rouge, .5 oz fresh lemon, .5 oz simple, top with soda, garnish with lemon zest.

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Lobby Bar and Bistro
Tara Pearadise

2 oz El Jimador, 1 oz pear nectar, 5 oz fresh ginger juice, 1 oz agave nectar, 1 oz fresh lime juice, garnish with candied ginger.

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Local Three
The Santanico

If Rhett was alive today he would obviously be a vampire and living in Mexico sipping on this.

2 oz El Jimador, 1/2 oz Habanero Syrup, 3/4 oz grapefruit, 1/2 oz Aperol and 1/2 oz Sweetwater IPA. Shake, double strain in a Collins glass over ice and garnish with a jalapeno slice.

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Lure
Northern Aggression

1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire, 1 oz lemon juice, .5 oz. elderflower syrup, bar spoon of lavender syrup and 2 dahses of peach bitters.

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Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Scarlett’s Revenge

2 oz fresh lemonade, 2 oz ginger beer, 1 3/4 oz Bombay Sapphire, 1/2 Grenadine. Shake and garnish with lemon.

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McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant (CNN Center)
Classic Old Fashion

Woodford Reserve

2 oz Woodford

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Meehan’s at Atlantic Station
The Future Fashioned

This is a twist on the classic, Old Fashioned with the current trend of using infusions and bitters.

4 dashes Blood Orange Bitters, 2 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 oz house made Chipotle Orange Simple Syrup, 3 raspberries and 1 orange slice and 2 sprigs of fresh basil. Muddle simple syrup, bitters, orange slice, raspberries, and 1 basil leaf. Garnish w/basil.

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Meehan’s Public House
Scarlett Tide

A suprisingly refreshing cocktail w/ginger, grapefruit & peach, combined w/the richness of Bacardi.

1.5 oz Bacardi 8 Rum, 0.5 oz Rub Red Absolut, 2 oz Ginger Beer, 2 oz red grapefruit juice, splash of peach schnapps (cause this is Georgia and we love peaches). Garnish with lime.

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Nikolai’s Roof (inside the Hilton Atlanta)
Rhett’s Southern Pecan Pie

A decadent after dinner cocktail reminiscent of Nana’s pecan pie.

1.5 oz Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, 1.5 oz Dark Crème de Coco, .25 oz Liquor 43, 2 oz Cream, .25 oz Frangelico. Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice shake well and strain into cocktail glass rimed with crushed carmalized pecans.

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One Midtown Kitchen
Scarlett’s Kiss

The cocktail is an adult version of a southern peach tea.

3/4 oz Southern Comfort, 3/4 oz of Belle de Brillet, 1.5 oz Peach tea, 1/4 oz Matilde Peach Liqueur, 1/4 oz mint simple syrup, dash of el guapo pecan bitters and lemon juice, top with ginger beer.

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Original El Taco, The
Scarlett’s Honeymoon

A spring cocktail with a nod to our neighbors in the Crescent City.

.75 oz Bacardi Silver, .75 oz Bacardi 8, 2 oz Pineapple Juice, .5 oz Taylors Velvet Falnerum, .5 oz Sangria fruit, Grenadine syrup, .5 oz Lime Juice, .5 oz Orange Juice, .25 oz Passion Fruit Coulis. Combine all ingredients into shaker.

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Park Tavern
Never Drink Alone

An easy sipping, hard hitting front porch cocktail fit for any scorching Atlanta afternoon.

1.5oz Southern Comfort, 1 oz peach schnapps, 10 mint leaves, 2 lemon slices, 3 oz ginger ale and a splash of lemonade. Combine all ingredients and shake, shake, shake.

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Pittypat’s Porch Restaurant
Scarlett’s Passion

Aunt Pittypat’s Version of a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri.

6 oz of ice, 3 oz of bacardi, 4 oz of Daily’s Strawberry Daiquiri mix, 1 oz sprite. Combine all ingredients in blender to make frozen daiquiri, pour into a hurricane glass, garnish with fresh cut strawberries and serve with a straw.

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Polaris (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
Tara

This was the cocktail Rhett would most often enjoy during his time with the Confederate soldiers.

1 1/4 oz Bombay Sapphire, 2 Dash Herb Bitters, Splash of Menthe Pastille, House Tonic, 4 Lime Wheels. Torch Rosemary sprig and place in glass, add lime, ice, gin, bitters, menthe pastille and fill with house tonic.
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Poor Calvin’s
Rhett’s Resolve

Bacardi 8, Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Orange Bitters and Homemade Hibiscus Water

1 1/2 oz Bacardi 8, 1/2 oz St. Germain, 1/2 Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, 1/2 Blood Orange Bitters, 2/4 oz of Hibiscus Water, 4 Dashes of Dandelion Bitters. Combine ingredients, mix and enjoy!

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Pricci
Sweet Melanie

Bubbly charm and fruity flavors combine to create a refreshing sparkling wine cocktail.

1 1/4 oz Prickly Pear puree 1 1/4 oz Southern Comfort , Splash of lemoncello, 2 oz dry sparkling wine (Sicilian Spumante Extra Brut preferrably).

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Prime Restaurant (Lenox Square)
On the Porch at Tara

Refreshingly garnished with fresh cucumber, this cocktail is the perfect front-porch potable.

1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire, 1/2 oz St. Germaine, squeeze of fresh lime juice, 2 basil leaves, torn into large pieces, 2-3 oz fresh grapefruit juice, fresh cucumber slice. Shake all ingredients gently in a cocktail shaker, strain into a small rocks glass.

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Proof & Provision
Peachtree Bloodline

A complex cocktail that blends layers of contrasting flavors for an unexpectedly smooth cocktail.

2 oz smoked stone fruit infused Bacardi 8, .50 oz Royal Combier, .75 oz roasted bar nut/blood orange sour, dash Angostura bitters, cinnamon-ginger seltzer topper, fresh mint and citrus garnish.
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Rathbun’s
Southern Gent

If Rhett was alive today, this is what he would drink.

2 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 oz Montenegro, 1/2 oz Domaine Canton Ginger Liq., 1/2 oz Honey Water, 3 dashes Fee Bros Old Fashion Bitters, 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice and a lemon twist garnish.

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Ray’s on the River
Apple Chai Manhattan

Chai-infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, house-made apple shrubb, Cocchi di Torino Vermouth

2 oz Chai-Infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, 1/2 oz Cocchi di Torino Vermouth, 1/2 oz Apple Shrubb, 2 dashes Fee Brother’s Old Fashioned Bitters. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir, strain into a chilled martini glass.
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Restaurant eleven (At Loews Hotel)
A Southern Gentlemen

The perfect combination of strong and sweet, this cocktail brings your innermost gentlemen to life.

2 oz Southern Comfort, 1 oz Ginger Tea, 1/2 oz Fresh Blood OJ, 1/3 oz Yuzu Juice, 1/2 oz Simple Syrup, 1 Blood Orange peel. Combine ingredients into shakers & pour into rocks glass. Finish with blood orange foam and garnish with zest of blood orange.

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Room at Twelve Hotel
Gone with the Butler

Twist on a classic mojito. Cool, refreshing, and smooth to enjoy on a porch on a warm Atlanta day.

1.5 oz Southern Comfort, 1.5 oz simple syrup, topped with soda, rocks, glass with ice. Muddle strawberries, fresh ginger, fresh basil topped with soda and ice in rolls glass.
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Rosebud Restaurant
Fables of Reconstruction

1 oz peach infused southern comfort, 1 oz woodford reserve bourbon, 3/4 oz peach puree, 3/4 lemon juice, 5 dashes old fashioned bitters. Shaken and strained over ice in a highball with fresh mint sprig.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House/Buckhead
Southern Belle

Rhett would be delightfully captivated by this silky, smooth cocktail’s charm and flavor.

2 oz Woodford Reserve, ½ oz Blackberry Brandy, 1 oz Housemade Lemon Sour, 1 bar spoon Blackberry Preserves, 1 oz club soda. Add ingredients (except club soda) in mixing tin with ice, shake vigorously, double strain into a pilsner glass filled with ice.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House/Centennial Park
The O’Hara

A cool, crisp creation that Rhett would find as distinctive and liberating as Scarlett herself.

1 ¼ oz Hangar One Vodka, ¾ oz Aperol, ½ oz Pomegranate Blend, ½ oz Lillet Blanc, ¾ oz fresh pink grapefruit juice, ¼ oz Housemade Lemon Sour, squeeze lime wedge, approx. 2 oz Prosecco sparkling wine, orange twist (long and curled).
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Sear (Atlanta Marriott Marquis)
Cool and Reckless

Sear’s version of a dark and stormy, this drink and its name is inspired by the character of Rhett.

Muddle 3 limes with 2 dashes of angostura bitters in highball glass. Add ice. Add 1.5 ounces of Bacardi 8. Add ginger beer to fill. Stir. Garnish with lime wedge.
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Serpas True Food
Gone with the Gin

Light refreshing cocktail with the restrained Sapphire botanicals including grains of paradise.

1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire, 1 oz Limoncello, 0.5 oz Sage liqueur, 0.25 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice, 0.5 oz Simple syrup, 1 dash Orange bitters served in a coupe with a fresh basil garnish .

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Shed at Glenwood, The
Rhett’s Last Call

A simple & elegant cocktail that incorporates all the smells and tastes of a memorable evening.

2.5 oz Jasmine Infused, Cold Smoked Woodford Reserve Bourbon .5 oz Jasmine Simple Syrup. Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, stir, serve up.

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Shout Restaurant
Frankly My Dear

Rhett often finds solace in this refreshing in cocktail with muddled mint and cucumber.

1 sprig of mint, 3 cucumber slices, pinch of pink Himalayan salt, ice, 2 oz Bombay Sapphire, 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 1 oz fresh pomegranate-infused simple syrup, pinch of pink Himalayan salt, 3 drops rose water, 3 drops Angostura bitters.

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Smoke Ring
Plantation Cocktail

Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Midnight Moonshine Apple, splash of cranberry, Ginger Syrup, fresh lime. Equal parts bourbon and apple moonshine, mixed with cranberry, ginger and squeezed lime. Shake all and pour over ice in highball glass.

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South City Kitchen
Return of the Wind

A brightly colored cocktail with all the charm and sophistication of a Southern dandy.

1 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon, 1 oz Cayrum, 0.5 oz Rhubarb Tea, 0.25 oz braised beet liquor, 3-4 dashes Rhubarb bitters; stir all ingredients, strain over single cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
Selfish and Shrewd

This cocktail is inspired by the question, “What would Rhett Butler drink?”

2 oz Woodford Reserve; 3/4 oz Campari; 3/4 oz lemon juice; 3/4 oz lavender honey syrup; 3 dashes Fee Brothers peach bitters.

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Steel Restaurant & Lounge
The Midnight Train to Georgia

The Midnight Train to Georgia is a southern classic representing the true spirit of the south.

3 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 oz Peach Snapps, 1 oz Soda, 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth, 3 Dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters, shaken over ice & strained into a Martini Glass then garnished with a peach slice & a cherry.

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STRIP Steak-Seafood-Sushi
Scarlett’s Kiss

This brown-sugar studded, peachy-keen cocktail tastes even better with freshly muddled peaches.

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, 3 generous dashes Fee Bros. peach bitters, 1 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 oz sherry, ice. Stir for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled glass and granish with a flamed lemon peel.

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Studio Bar (Artmore Hotel)
Yankee Coffin

A traditional southern cocktail, with an Artmore twist.

Served in a highball glass, served over mint and angostora ice. 1.25 oz Jack Daniels Tennesse Honey, .5 oz St. Germaine and triple sec. Fresh lemon juice, dash of ginger beer and club soda.

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Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar and View (Westin Peachtree Plaza)
Southern Peach Mojito

Southern Peach Mojito

6 – 8 mint leaves, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/4 lime, 3/4 oz Island Oasis peach puree, muddle, add 1/4 oz Bacardi Silver, .75 oz peach schnapps, splash s/s shake with crushed ice.

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Sway (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
Charles Hamilton

Inspired by the location in which Rhett first layed eyes on Scarlett.

2 oz Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, 1 1/4 oz Passio, 1/4 oz Peach Liqueur, Fresh Mint Garnish, splash Marachino Liqueur. Fill tin with ice, add the Jack Daniels, home brewed passion tea, peach liqueur and splash of Marachino Liqueur.Shake into a glass jar.

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Tap
The Gentleman

Dark brown in color, brightened by the garnish of the orange peel.

1.5 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 oz Amaro Ramazzotti, .5 oz House made Lavender Syrup, .5 oz Lemon Juice. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir well. Strain into a Coupe glass. Garnish with an Orange peel.

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Ted’s Montana Grill
Ted’s Huckleberry Derby

Huckleberry, grapefruit and honey-infused woodford finished with fresh blackberries.

1.5 oz Woodford, 1 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 1/2 oz honey simple syrup, 1/2 oz huckleberry syrup, 2 blackberries, shake and strain over ice in a highball and garnished with blackberry and grapefruit twist.

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The Market (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
Lady Luck

This is a cocktail dedicated to the dance Rhett outbid others to have with Scarlett.

2 oz Southern Comfort, 1 oz RougeVermouth, 3 Drops Rhubarb Bitters, 1 slice lemon, splash of pineapple juice. In a shaker add ice, Southern Comfort, vermouth, bitters, pinapple juice & the juice of 1 lemon slice. Shake vigourously& garnish w/lemon zest.

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Thrive Restaurant
Southern Cure

Jack Daniels Whiskey, Worldwide Infused Honeys, Ginger Syrup, With Smoked Whiskey Infused Ice Ball

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey, Worldwide Infused Honeys, Ginger Syrup, With Smoked Whiskey Infused Ice Ball

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Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Bar (Hilton Atlanta)
Southern Smuggler

A cocktail for Rhett to enjoy when he returns home.

1.5 oz Bacardi 8, 1 oz Trader Vic’s Gold Rum, .5oz pineapple juice, 1.5 oz orange juice, .5 lemon juice, .25 oz mai tai mix, .25 oz passion syrup, .5 oz orange curacao. Shaken and served on the rocks.

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Truva
Broken Dreams

Shake lightly, serve into rocks glass. Garnish-orange slice wrapped around a cherry.

1.5 oz Jack Daniels Honey and 1 oz Frangelico

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Twenty-Two Storys (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
North & South

A tribute to the war.

1 ¼ oz Hanger 1, juice of halved fresh grapefruit, 2 slices of fresh lime, 3/4 oz Mead, 1 oz Home-Made Ginger Soda. Fill a snifter half way with ice, fill a tin with ice and add 1 1/4 oz of Hanger 1, grapefruit juice, lime juice, mead and ginger soda.

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TWO Urban Licks
Midtown Gal

Gin infused with grapefruit and orange, rose vermouth, splash of grapefruit juice & sparking wine.

2 oz infused gin, 1/2 oz Rose vermouth, 1 oz grapefruit juice and sparkling wine

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Veni Vidi Vici
Don’t Call Me Sugar

Hints of sweetness and floral notes are paired perfectly with more tart flavors.

1 1/4 oz Bacardi 8, 1/2 oz grapefruit juice, splash grenadine & grapefruit bitters, 1 egg white, 1/4 oz violet liqueur shaken and served over chipped ice with homemade rosemary tincture spritzed on top. Rosemary sprig garnish .

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Vickery’s Bar & Grill
Scarlett’s Surrender

Jack Daniels Tenessee Honey, Peach Schnapps, Fresh Lemon Juice, Soda Water, Simple Syrup, Lemon-Mint

1.5 oz Jack Daniel’s Tenessee Honey, 1 oz Peach Schnapps, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, 1.5 oz soda water, T simple syrup. Served over ice in a wine glass. Garnish with lemon and mint.

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White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails
Red Earth

An ode to Rhett’s stern, but genteel personality.

Woodford Reserve – 1.5 oz, Warre’s Warrior – 3/4 oz., Ginger Syrup- 1 oz, 1 strawberry, 1 lemon slice. Muddle fruit, shake all ingredients.

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Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Mid Day Break Punch

Light, refreshing and exactly how Rhett would take a break from his day.

1 1/2 oz bourbon, 1/4 oz cynar, 1/4 oz tempus fugit grand classico, 1/2 oz lemon/tea oleo sacchrum.
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