If you're a fan of fruit juices and other fresh items in your cocktails, times are good for you right now in Dallas. There are new drink menus being unveiled all over the place, incorporating juice of the blood orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime.
In this edition of Where to Drink, we list five establishments who've just introduced new cocktails.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
High-roller steakhouse gets on board with the mixology trend with a new set of cocktails being served at all DFW locations. The Elixir is an epic blend of Illegal mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, lime, and Reàl Pineapple, a pineapple-infused syrup. They also join the blood orange train with a blood orange Manhattan made with Redemption Rye, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Solerno Blood Orange, and Angostura.
The Ritz-Carlton restaurant's popular Rattlesnake Bar has just unveiled a tantalizing cocktail menu devised by chef Dean Fearing, his beverage artisans, and several premier spirits brands. The drinks all have a backstory or theme, but the show-stopper is the Flaming Tamarindo, presented literally on fire as it is delivered to the table. The flavor is like a mango margarita, garnished with a tajin rim, with the added element of flames bursting from an ignited key lime placed in the drink when it is served.
Co-creator Chad Solomon's new winter menu has about a dozen drinks with all kinds of provenance and infusions and intensity, including a drink called Purple Snowflakes. Named for the 1964 Marvin Gaye/Motown Records holiday season song of the same name, it has mulled wine, Jamaican rum, port, lemon, and Demerara, combining to make a spicy seasonal punch. Mulled wine spices include orange peel, lemon peel, green cardamom, star anise, bourbon vanilla bean, clove, and cassia bark. They serve the drink over pellet ice, cobbler style.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Sommelier Susi Zivanovic has three new cocktails including a Rosé Collins, combining Botanist Gin with rosé wine and fresh lemon juice, paired with Scallops; and a Jameson mocha old fashioned, featuring Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey with house-made coffee syrup and mole bitters. They recommend pairing it with their Polish sausage.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub
New restaurant-bar in Irving has fashioned a set of new drinks so alluring, they demand a visit. One has El Jimador tequila with agave nectar and a bouquet of fresh juices: grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime, all for a mere $8.95. Their signature margarita has blood orange puree, and they're doing a Greyhound with fresh pressed grapefruit juice, Deep Eddy ruby red vodka, and Fee Brothers' grapefuit bitters. Go. Drink.