Who’s Ready for Patio Season? Recipes for the Perfect Patio Party

Well, if it’s not the rain, or last blast of cold, it’s probably the pollen that’s got you trapped indoors right about now.  If you’re like me, your longing for upper 70’s, blue skies, and a refreshing cocktail on the patio!  It’s a fleeting season here in the metro Atlanta area, so you’d better get out and enjoy it while you can…it’ll be in the 95 degrees outside before we know it, right?  Anyway, if you’re ready for some patio time here are some great recipes to help you kick off your patio season.  Get those patio cups ready!

High Plains Margarita – Our very own bartender, Shaun Gordon’s World Famous Margarita1


1.5 oz Patrón Silver

.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange

2 Slices charred pineapple

.5 oz Fresh lime juice

.25 oz Yuzu juice

.25 oz Simple syrup

6 Sage leaves, 2 for garnish

2 dashes Lime bitters

+ Chipotle salt rim*


Char 2 pineapple slices and reserve 1 slice.

Combine 2 pieces pineapple, 4 sage leaves and simple syrup in shaker and        muddle.

Add remaining liquid ingredients and shake vigorously with ice to chill.

Double strain onto fresh ice in a chipotle salt-rimmed rocks glass.

Garnish with a slice of charred pineapple and 2 sage leaves.

*  Chipotle salt rim:

.5 Cup salt + .75 tsp dried chipotle powder

If Yuzu juice is not available, substitute 2 parts lemon juice : 1 part orange juice.


What’s the perfect patio accompaniment for this delicious Margarita?  Guacamole of course!  Guacamole is easy, delicious and impresses even the toughest of patio patrons!  Here’s a popular recipe from altonbrown.com2


3 medium ripe Hass avocados, halved and pitted (peel removed)

1 medium lime

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1/2 medium onion, diced

2 small Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon jalapeno, minced


Place the avocado pulp and lime juice in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Add the salt, cumin and cayenne and mash using a potato masher, leaving some larger chunks for texture. Add the onion, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and jalapeno and stir to combine. Lay plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole and allow to sit at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.

If you aren’t in the mood to create your own patio party, come one down to Truman Tavern, where we’ve got the best patio party on Decatur square!  At Truman Tavern, we’ve got not only the best patio in Decatur, we’ve also got one of the best margaritas around with Shaun Gordon’s High Plains Margarita, a finalist in the 2017 Patron Tequila Margarita of the Year Competition!  We hope you’ll head out this afternoon and join us on the Truman Tavern patio with a refreshing cocktail and enjoy our classic fare served in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

P.S.  Did we mention, voting is OPEN through April 9, so cast your vote for Shaun Gordon’s High Plains Margarita through the link below, or using #HighPlainsMargarita

1 https://www.patrontequila.com/margarita-of-the-year/2017/high-plains-margarita.html

2  http://altonbrown.com/guacamole-recipe/

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