Downtown Dallas art venue debuts first real-deal Girl Scout cocktails
January 12 is the official kickoff of Girl Scout cookie season, meaning you can now get your Thin Mint Fix as well as order a box of the new special Raspberry Rally flavor, available online only.
But in 2023, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) have collaborated with a hip downtown Dallas lounge to offer Girl Scout cookie flavors in a revolutionary new way: cocktails.
It's going down at Sweet Tooth Hotel, the innovative immersive art venue, which will host the first official cookie cocktail bar in Dallas, at 1511 Elm St.
Beginning January 13, Girl Scouts will take over the lobby area with an interactive photo installation featuring cookie box creations and photo props. Local troops will be setting up shop and selling cookies on weekends.
While many bars and restaurants have concocted their own Girl Scout cookie-themed drinks, this will be the first authorized and official menu with five cocktails, in which GSNETX worked closely with the Sweet Tooth team to ensure that each cocktail would be true to the cookie.
The cocktails were devised by Sweet Tooth bar manager Steven Yeager. Cookies that provided inspiration include Trefoils shortbread, Thin Mints, TagAlongs, Lemon-Ups, and Samoas.
"As we reimagine Girl Scouts for a new generation with even more momentum in 2023, cookie season is no exception," says Jennifer Barkowski, CEO of GSNETX, in a release. "This is a great opportunity to get more people in Dallas buzzing about our cookies and generate greater interest in Girl Scouting and our Entrepreneurial Program."
Sweet Tooth Hotel, which brings together work by most innovative local and national artists, seems like a fitting venue. Their first installation offered five sugar-themed rooms based on brand name treats. They also have a specialty bar featuring whimsical craft cocktails at their downtown Dallas flagship location.
But beyond that, Sweet Tooth Hotel cofounder Jencey Keeton and other Sweet Tooth Hotel staffers have a personal connection, holding fond memories of growing up as Girl Scouts, earning patches, and selling cookies. Jencey still even has her sash.
"The Girl Scouts taught me to be creative, resourceful, and collaborative. I learned all kinds of entrepreneurial and leadership skills that have helped me be successful in my career today," she says. "It's such an amazing organization doing important work for young girls, and we want everyone in the area to know it."
They'll host a kickoff party on Friday, January 13, with DJ Ursa Minor and a green carpet event. Doors open at 7:30 pm. The partnership will extend through National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, with special events each month, including a Galentine's Party on February 9 and a grand finale "Goodbye Girl Scout" event on March 3.
They still have a few tickets for the kick off event. You can RSVP at https://www.showclix.com/event/girl-scouts-cookie-launch-party.