Category Archives: Cocktails

Just An Old Fashioned Cocktail

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With the current cocktail revolution taking place in North Texas, even and even an old standby like the Old Fashioned takes on new flavors.  Local mixologists are stirring up tradition, and creating tasty treats along the way. Not every great bartender left town for the week to enjoy Tales of the Cocktail.       Continue reading

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Kyle Hilla Has A Ball With New Bolsa Cocktail Menu

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It is like when Navin Johnson first discovers that he is somebody and gleefully announces that the new phone book arrived. I know that feeling all too well when a barman with the talents of Bolsa barman Kyle Hilla jets out the fact he has some new summer cocktails on his menu. It just seemed like weeks ago we were celebrating springtime menus, but we accept any reason to enjoy freshly squeezed juices, blended with the hottest liquors and molded into a frosty glass to take the edge off the smoldering heat in July.      Continue reading

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Central 214’s Amber West Has A New Cocktail Menu Q&A

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One of our most favorite cocktailiers in Dallas can be found behind the stick at Central 214 in the Palomar Hotel. Amber West draws much of her inspiration from what is growing around her. Be it in a few solitary pots she has hidden across the hotel campus, or those found in her secret garden at home. What is fresh, what is now, is what the young bartender finds most exciting.

After reading Andrew Chalk’s write up on a recent dinner he experienced at the hotel restaurant, we set out to have a taste of our own. Graham Dodds is up to his usual shenanigans in the kitchen, and we have even more to report about his new menu, but we also had a chance to usher Ms. West away from her confines to the Palomar patio for a brief visit.  Continue reading

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Boulevardier’s Eddie Eakin Wins Town and Country Cocktail Competition

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Town & Country Magazine has chronicled high-spirited life in America since 1846, but it has never given its name to a drink – until now.  The editors of the magazine selected recipes from well-known bars and restaurants from around the country, then assembled a panel of cocktail experts at Harding’s in New York City, to rank them.  Continue reading

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Texas Tailgate and Craft Roadshow

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Join the North Texas Chapter of the United States Bartending Guild for an afternoon of barbecue and craft spirits this Sunday, July 7 in Trinity Groves from 1 to 5pm. A $10 donation will secure you four drink coupons and barbecue along with some amazing live music that benefits both the USBG and the North Texas Food Bank. Besides the cocktails you will also be able to sample plenty of craft spirits.

Call Babb Brothers at 214.745.2224 for more details. The event is located at 330 Bedford Avenue, Dallas.

 

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Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin

bookby Steven Doyle

The exciting prohibition days of Dallas and Fort Worth where bootleggers and speakeasy’s took over the social scene come back to life with a modern twist in Rita Cook and Jeffrey Yarbrough’s new book, “Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin,” released this month by History Press. Discover Dallas and Fort Worth’s notable mixologists and their take on classic cocktails that will send readers back to the 1920s and allow them to take a deeper look into Dallas and Fort Worth’s past.        Continue reading

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Windmill Celebrates Best Bar Nomination by Esquire

08-windmill-mdnby Steven Doyle

Last night there was an impromptu congratulatory party held in the honor of Charlie Pap and Louise Owens, both owners of The Windmill Lounge which was decorated as one of Esquire Magazine’s best bars in America. Tall prize for a small bar hidden away on Maple Avenue near Inwood in Dallas. Especially when placed in the arena of such fine establishments as Aviary in Chicago.     Continue reading

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