We had the good fortune of connecting with Ramona Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ramona, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I started the The Bourbon Bohemian, I just made drinks because they made me happy. They reminded me of a time when it was so easy to just pop into a local craft bar, become instant friends with the tender and have the most amazing tipple you’d ever had in your life. Am I an artist? Yes. Do I always feel creative? Absolutely not. Do I consider the “thing” I do to “make a living” artistic or creative? Not in a million years. But does my soul soar when I taste a new cocktail that transports me back in time, forward into the future or across seas and mountain ranges? A thousand times yes. And I don’t need it to be a career for it to continue to do that as long as I’m here on this planet.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I often say that The Bourbon Bohemian is for the cocktail curious. It’s cocktail art for bartender stans. If you appreciate flavor fusions and easy to use ingredients that tingle even the most fledgling palate then you’ll love what I do. From Advieh Berenj (persian rice spice) artisanal simple, to damiana infused cachaça and thai coconut milk punch, I get excited about the possibilities of blending sensory experiences and lesser used spirits. Has it been easy? Yeah, no. To be honest I seriously underestimated this journey having never been an entrepreneur. I have given up at least 2 times last year and if I’m honest I’ll give up a few more times because I’m human. But the one thing that has brought me back each time is my love for what I do and my aversion to boring cocktails. And it’s one of the only things that has healed me during these crazy times. I’ve learned you can’t do the business of art in isolation. And not all art should be business. But at the end of the day The Bourbon Bohemian as a brand and a story is one of freedom to be and do things that don’t necessarily fit a mold or the expectations of others.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A week is perfect but “in the city” can be limiting to a bohemian like me or anyone I call best friend. A trip out to north GA for the views at Yonah vineyard, ice cream at Mountain Fresh Creamery, lunch at Mully’s and hiking at Ravens Cliff would be a perfect day trip. There’s so much to explore past the edge of the metro where volume doesn’t affect the quality of the experience and the ability for the artist to be themselves completely in their craft. But if we had to stay local I would definitely pick up charcuterie from Kroger for a picnic at Sewell Mill by the water. I’m a Private Selection stan and Sewell Mill is one of the most beautiful places to me. We’d go to Shivam to pick up some goodies to experiment with for a new cocktail. Maybe catch a live band mid week at Patio or Fellaship along with a few cigars. Burger and cocktail at Bar Margot on a night when the DJ is there because he’s phenomenal. Dancing at any place where people still dance (Whine, Evangadi, etc). And gather a few local friends over for game night/sleepover to be big kids.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this shoutout to faceless, nameless people all over who if only for a moment I’ve encouraged to be a little more of themselves each day. We give and sacrifice and procrastinate away so many days and months and years. All the while wondering if any of it matters in the end. But I know that as much as I am encouraged by the visible and felt support, when I do what I am meant to do that reverberates unseen. And I will not get a chance to thank each of those persons so this serves as that reminder to them and myself that we are more powerful than we think.

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