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Potent Potables: 10 Strong Dallas Cocktails That Give You More Booze For Your Buck

This little angel from Atwater Alley is anything but angelic thanks to its recipe that includes five potent ingredients.
This little angel from Atwater Alley is anything but angelic thanks to its recipe that includes five potent ingredients. Susie Oszustowicz
Picture this: It has been a long day and your cubicle neighbor had three conference calls in a row, but you only have enough happy hour time for one drink before you head home to make dinner and do laundry because, well, adulting. What's one to do? Make it count, that's what.

For this list, we opted to share options outside of booze-heavy classics like traditional martinis and sazeracs, and we omitted anything that tastes like straight jet fuel. We're looking for the more artful
roundhouse-kick-to-the-face-before-knowing-you-were-in-a-fight kind of cocktails. So good luck exploring this list, and make sure your Lyft app is up to date for a quick trip to your couch. Pizza may also be important.

Atwater Alley's Deadly Angel, $13
4900 McKinney Ave.
We all have a little angel in us, but The Deadly Angel at Atwater Alley has a lotta devil in it. With 2 ounces of Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky and five of the six ingredients with a potent level of alcohol, it's sinful in the best possible way.

click to enlarge Chambord float? Don't mind if I do! - SUSIE OSZUSTOWICZ
Chambord float? Don't mind if I do!
Susie Oszustowicz
Mi Cocina's Mambo Limousine, $10
Multiple locations
If you've been in Dallas for more than a month, you've no doubt heard about the famed Mambo Limousine, a frozen margarita made with Mi Cocina's famous margarita (Sauza Silver Tequila and lime juice) swirled with house-made sangria — and for good measure, topped with Chambord. The trick is to drink these quickly to avoid ingredient separation, and that only adds to the danger.

click to enlarge Looks terrifying, tastes delicious.  Just make sure to blow the flame out before taking a sip or it's bye-bye eyebrows. - SUSIE OSZUSTOWICZ
Looks terrifying, tastes delicious. Just make sure to blow the flame out before taking a sip or it's bye-bye eyebrows.
Susie Oszustowicz
Armoury D.E.'s Deadly Melody, $18
2714 Elm St.

Most tiki drinks give you a rum run for your money, but the Deadly Melody from Armoury D.E. will give you a sprint. It's off-menu, so you know it's a less than mild concoction.  (And any drink that can be lit on fire should be sipped slowly.)


The Grapevine's patio begs for a frozen cocktail, so why not mix a couple of them up? - SUSIE OSZUSTOWICZ
The Grapevine's patio begs for a frozen cocktail, so why not mix a couple of them up?
Susie Oszustowicz
The Grapevine Bar's frozen cocktails
3902 Maple Ave.
The Grapevine Bar is a Dallas mainstay — not too fancy, but always a good time, thanks to their sprawling patio, rooftop and basketball court. And what kind of patio-goer would you be in 90-plus-degree weather without a frozen drink in your hand? So grab one of their killer "signature" frozen cocktails — a bellini, Tangarita or Pom Pom — and let the games begin.

click to enlarge There will be no fumbling for keys after this cocktail from Rapscallion, but you may end up fumbling for your phone to text an ex. - SUSIE OSZUSTOWICZ
There will be no fumbling for keys after this cocktail from Rapscallion, but you may end up fumbling for your phone to text an ex.
Susie Oszustowicz
Rapscallion's Have You Seen My Keys?, $12
2023 Greenville Ave.
Another tiki option to get you feelin' festive is Rapscallion's Have You Seen My Keys? Made with some of the best things behind the bar (rhum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, a Peruvian syrup and more), it's no wonder it's incredible easy to down. It's on Rapscallion's Tiki Tuesday lineup, but the nice gents behind the bar will make it for you anytime if you ask nicely.


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Susie Oszustowicz