Ask An Atlanta Expert: Your Best Hot Winter Drink

Ask An Atlanta Expert: Your Best Hot Winter Drink

You have to hand it to Tokiwa “Toki” Sears. Sears currently serves as Southern Art and Bourbon Bar’s head mixologist and lead bartender; it’s a job she takes very seriously. She grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, so she knows how to mix the best of the north, here in the deep south, to create some delicious drinks. She likes to get creative with hot winter drinks like these.

Tokiwa “Toki” Sears
Southern Art
3315 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 946-9070

Before she started “holding court” at Southern Art, Sears tended bar with Iron Chef and James Beard Award nominee chef Duane Nutter at One Flew South, named one of the top airport bars in the world by AOL Travel. One thing you will notice when Sears is tending bar is she is always having fun. Her cocktails have been showcased in various outlets including Forbes Travel Guide, Eater, Ebony magazine and now CBS Local Atlanta. Let’s see what she recommends for the winter.

Hot Toddy

  • 1.5 oz. Maker’s Mark
  • Cup of hot water
  • Quarter lemon
  • Pick your favorite tea bag


  1. You can coat the glass with honey if you desire.
  2. Add the liquor and squeeze the juice of the lemon.
  3. Boil water to get it hot while doing 1 and 2 and add a tea bag. Let it teem into the mixture.

Caffe Correcto

  • 1 oz. Sambuca
  • 1 or more shots of expresso
  • A pinch of sugar if desired


  1. Stir the ingredients into a coffee mug or larger mug.
  2. Add a pinch of sugar and stir.
  3. Garnish if desired.

Note: This is the perfect drink for the tired holiday shopper. It will provide a good “pick me up.”

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All-American Coffee

  • 1.5 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • Creme de Menthe and hot water
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg


  1. Mix ingredients into a mug.
  2. Garnish with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Note: Sears says this is one of her favorite drinks. She says it’s a play on Irish Coffee but using bourbon instead of Irish whiskey. If someone is looking to try a hot drink, this could be a good one to try first.

Warm Egg Nog

  • 1.5 oz. All Spice liquor with bourbon
  • 1 whole egg
  • Toasted cinnamon almond simple syrup
  • Heavy cream
  • 1 Nutmeg


  1. Put the ingredients into a glass.
  2. Whip cream at room temperature in a bowl.
  3. Pour cream into the glass and grate nutmeg to garnish.

Note: “Make sure the glass is hot,” says Sears. “But serve at room temperature. This is a favorite around the holidays.

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