Dallas, it's time to let go of the Moscow mule. We get it; it's light and refreshing with a gingery bite, and it's on damn near every cocktail menu in the city. But as the Dallas drink scene evolves, it's time our palates did, too. Here are five cocktails you should be sipping this weekend:
The Flip Side at Jettison
This tiny cocktail den in Sylvan Thirty is one of the best cocktail bars in the city right now, with an inventive menu and modern romantic ambiance. They're also particularly adept at sherry cocktails. If you're looking to dip your toes into sherry, the fortified wine showing up on cocktail lists all over the U.S. right now, try Jettison's Flip Side, made with Cardamaro Amaro, East India Solera Sherry, bitters, egg and grated cardamom.
The Have You Seen My Keys? at Rapscallion
Tiki is hot right now. Unfortunately, Dallas' one and only dedicated "tiki bar" is so not. Luckily, a number of local bars — particularly Rapscallion and Small Brewpub — are upping their tiki cocktail game with fun, inventive drinks that pay homage to tiki while offering their own unique takes. One of Rapscallion's best tiki cocktails is one that's just plain fun to order (and drink): the Have You Seen My Keys?, made with rhum, pineapple juice, coconut, orange acid, Angostura bitters and a syrup made from Chicho Morada, a traditional Peruvian dark purple drink made from purple corn, pineapple husks and spices like cinnamon and cloves.
The gin and tonic at Hide
This new Deep Ellum cocktail laboratory seems gimmicky, using technology like centrifuges and roto-vaporizers to create what they call "cocktails clarified," but these drinks have proven to be well worth sampling. Try their fun take on the gin and tonic, made in a special clear shaker that's sealed and pressurized with carbon dioxide to create a super-aerated, ice-cold and uber tasty gin and tonic served in a Champagne flute.
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The Pho-King Champ at Midnight Rambler
We love shots as much as the next lush, but we really love an aromatic bowl of Vietnamese pho. Downtown Dallas cocktail heavy-hitter Midnight Rambler has combined these two unlikely allies to create the Pho-King Champ, an $8 shot made with Absolut Elyx wheat vodka, Oloroso Sherry, aromatized beef stock and cilantro.
The Seppuku Reale at Victor Tangos
Feeling adventurous? If so, Victor Tangos is the perfect bar. Its drink menu is always filled with interesting cocktail combinations like the Seppuku Reale, made with squid ink, Gran Classico, Amaro Montenegro, Furikake Cordial, a touch of lemon and garnished with a touch of seaweed and furikake.