4 cocktails to drink in Dallas right now
Got employed. We have regrouped. We have re-focused. Nice job on a successful dry January! (Well, good try for those who didn’t make it to the end.) It’s February now and you’ve earned a cocktail. Make your first drink of the year an interesting one made by bartenders who live or work in your neighborhood.
Each of these four Dallas cocktails can be offered for take away or take away.
at the Xaman Cafe
The espresso Martinez at the Xaman Cafe in Oak Cliff is awesome.(Sarah Blaskovich / employee)
Jefferson Boulevard Café Xaman Cafe sells brunch every day, and its espresso Martinez is the epitome of a juicy brunch drink. However, don’t let the time of day limit you: I would drink this delight at any time of the day, including as an after-dinner dessert. The Espresso Martinez is a frothy mixture of mezcal, coffee syrup, Licor 43 and Horchata foam. It is fiery yet comforting. Drink it on Xaman’s little patio or pack it for take away and enjoy it at home for a quiet weekend away. Better to order two.
The Xaman Cafe is located at 334 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. The café has a small terrace. Order food and drinks in person or online at toasttab.com/xaman-cafe-334-w-jefferson-blvd/v3.
Bad luck piggy
from CBD regulations
CBD Commission sells a crazy old fashioned cocktail called Bad Luck Piggy. It can be bought in the restaurant or ordered to take away.(Courtesy of CBD Provisions)
After barman Gabe Sanchez closed the Black Swan Saloon in Deep Ellum, he was picked up by the company that runs CBD Provisions restaurants in downtown Dallas, Americano, Midnight Rambler, and the Joule Hotel. Sanchez is adding some cocktails to the other restaurant menus before reopening Midnight Rambler this spring. Bad Luck Piggy is his goofy name for a serious cocktail at CBD Commissions. Sanchez takes a few ounces of the drops from the restaurant’s pork head carnitas and uses them to “fat” a mixture of 75% bourbon and 25% rye. The juicy, greasy mixture is then frozen, sieved and blended into an old-fashioned mixture.
“It’s best to enjoy it with two hands,” explains Sanchez: “Hand one: old-fashioned. Hand two: pork face carnitas in corn tortillas. “Sounds like a challenge.
CBD Commissions is located at 1530 Main St., Dallas. No terrace. Call in advance or order online at https://shop.cbdprovisions.com/products/crispy-pig-s-head-carnitas for pig head carnitas. They serve four to six people. For takeaway cocktails, call: 214-261-4500.
at Lockwood Distilling Co.
Bet the juicy hot cocoa from your college years didn’t come with toasted marshmallows.(Lola Gomez / employee photographer)
Have you ever had your snuff around a campfire or a hot chocolate ride? (No? *) The hangover was sore from all the extra sugar, but oh, those drinks were delicious. You’re old enough to know better now, and I have a cocktail substitute that isn’t associated with shame. S’More please! Made by Lockwood Distilling Co. of Richardson, the bourbon cream with graham cracker infusion (homemade) is served over hot chocolate and burning marshmallows. That plastic bottle of college peppermint liquor doesn’t even breathe Lockwood’s hot cocoa.
And since you’re older and wiser (and maybe have kids), you can have this dessert while your little ones have their own cups of non-alcoholic hot cocoa on Lockwood’s covered patio.
* It’s hard to believe that you haven’t spiked your hot chocolate at least once. But good. Bartender Julie Campbell has less sweet options, like the Classic Toddy (bourbon, honey, lemon, and hot water) or the Cuppa T (gin, seasoned syrup, orange juice, and black tea), both of which are served hot.
Lockwood Distilling Co. is located at 506 Lockwood Drive, Richardson. The distillery has two covered terraces and is child-friendly. Order groceries in person or online at toasttab.com/lockwood-distilling-company/v3. Take-away cocktails: 469-399-1599.
The flower bed
One of Corey McCombs’ signature cocktails at Encina in Oak Cliff is the Flower Patch, a carbonated blend of vodka, lemon, amaro and sparkling wine.(Kathy Tran)
Before the pandemic, the idea of drinking a cocktail called the Flower Patch in a flower bed was perhaps ridiculous. We’re in the middle of the pandemic, folks. Hear me out: plan a picnic in a pretty spot with a drink to match, the flower bed of strawberry and rosemary vodka, amaro, lemon and sparkling wine. Corey McCombs and chef Matt Balke opened Encina (aka the new and improved Bolsa in Oak Cliff). Now they are adding take-away cocktails and brunch to the menus.