What better season than summer to up your cocktail game? There are a ton of places around DFW that serve up tasty libations featuring a variety of flavors, ingredients, colors and textures. We’ve done our “research” through plenty of happy hours and have highlighted the top hotspots in Dallas-Fort Worth with must-try cocktails to sip and savor this summer.
Mi Dia in Grapevine is famous for their culinary combinations of Mexico City recipes and Tex Mex flavors. They also offer 25 different varieties of margaritas including a hibiscus margarita that comes with dry ice, blueberry habanero, and their signature drink, the Cloud 9. This fancy cocktail includes Codigo 1530 Blanco Rosa, Cointreau Noir, lemon and lime juice and vanilla agave topped with hibiscus air: a light foam that is created by using a molecular gastronomy technique.
The restaurants website says it perfectly, “Texas hospitality, home-style sides and stiff drinks await you in Lewisville.” Take a trip back to the 20’s and sip cocktails like the Forbidden Beer (absinthe and root beer) or the Hair of the Dog (Witherspoon Bourbon, cranberry and blackberries). Try our favorite, the Harlem Sunset (Patron Barrel Select Reposado, agave, apple and fennel).
When we first moved to Dallas, we quickly learned to love this states’ passion for its peaches. Now we can’t get enough of all things peach including the Texas Peach cocktail at R Bar & Grill. Expert mixologists take Deep Eddy Peach vodka, mix it with Dublin peach soda (real cane sugar), some O.J. and a splash of soda water for a real treat for your taste buds.
This is about as close as you can get to a tropical beach experience in DFW. The tropical cocktails at the Oasis Floating Restaurant will make you feel like you’re lying on the warm sand, looking at the water with a refreshing drink in hand. They go all out when it comes to fun, fruity and over-the-top drinks. From multiple-flavored daiquiris, hurricanes, the Apple Pie Moonshine Mule and a the Blue Hawaiian, you can’t go wrong here.
There ain’t no mule like the Standard Pour’s mule. Not only is it one of the best we’ve ever had, but it also comes in Texas-sized portions. The Standard Pour in Uptown Dallas custom orders massive Moscow Mule copper mugs to create their signature, Big Mule. It’s the size of 10 normal Moscow Mules and comes with a dozen straws so you and your crew can all share it together.
8. THE RANCH
Live music with a honky tonk vibe and a fun, lively atmosphere makes the Ranch in Las Colinas the spot to go for a true Texas time. And it’s no surprise that their cocktails live up to the name when you have a menu that includes a Cowboy Collins, Texas Tea, Texas Mule, Round Rock Margarita and Southern Hospitality.
Featured Image of The Oasis, Courtesy: Grand Prairie Tourism