Forget the stale variations on cliché cocktails. You don't have to settle for the house wine. And don't even think about ordering a Budweiser. We've put together a list of some of our favorite places in the Dallas Design District for finding tasty drinks — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic — to quench your thirst this summer.
Surprised to find wine at a coffee shop? Well, Ascension is not your average cafe. Its options include 20 wines by the glass and 63 bottles of red, white or rosé. Each choice is derived from either a boutique winery or a more acclaimed label.
Get a taste of the 'Solar Eclipse'. A cocktail of Makers Mark, sunchoke and cardamom. Side note: This summer sip was the winner of the People's Choice Best Drink at this years Chefs for Farmers Mix Off.
In a festive mood? Try Community Beer Company's Funnel Cake Ale. It's an English summer ale brewed using Maris Otter English malt and malted wheat. During aging, the brewery infuses pureed Madagascar vanilla beans, which evoke the warm, sweet flavor of everyone’s favorite State Fair treat.
Want a margarita only found in Texas? El Bolero serves a Magria, a classic margarita with a sangria swirl. The red wine, chopped fruit, sugar, brandy and something fizzy add just the right zing to the traditional frozen drink.
Maybe you're looking for something non-alcoholic, whether by choice or by (under)age. Meddlesome Moth has you covered with its Fever Tree Ginger Beer. Fever Tree mixers are made in England with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavorings. If you're looking for a more adult taste, you can't go wrong with one of their many delicious drafts.
Feeling light in the wallet? Channel the mint juelp crowd with Dollars & Sense, a cocktail made from Kentucky Woodford Reserve, Drambuie, Lillet, Benedictine and apple bitters. Or stop by happy hour and sip on a Dark & Stormy- perfectly named after Texas summer storms.
Craving something sweet but not wanting to cave to a dessert? Try PakPao's Thai tea. Served iced, it's made from strong-brew, spiced black tea and sweetened with condensed milk and sugar. It has a surprising bright orange hue when mixed. Keep in mind, you can't go wrong with a Chula-rita and Thai beer either.
If you're having a cocktail before dinner, you want something light that won't spoil your appetite. Try Quill's Snow Healer, made with Pisco, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup and lavender flowers. This one’s also a great way to end your evening, as lavender helps decrease heart rate and blood pressure, aiding in sleep.
Looking for a deal? Catch Primo's on a Tuesday night for $3 margaritas, or stop by Saturday or Sunday from 11AM to 3PM for a weekend mimosa at brunch. You can't go wrong with either choice.
Maybe hops are more your style. Texas Ale Project has some unique finds, including the 100 Million Angels Singing double IPA. It's double dry-hopped with generous amounts of American-grown hops, as well as pine, resin and citrus. The alcohol by volume (ABV) is 9.2%, and it's pretty darn bitter at 100 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).