by Sabra Girard - 70 Reviews - 40 List
Sometimes you need to mix it up, in life and in your drink. We all have our cocktail of choice but it's nice to try something more unpredictable than say, a gin and tonic. Live a little. Sample these exotic cocktails to walk--and drink--on the wild side.
Updated: October 21, 2009
The Poinsettia is not just a plant for the holidays; it's a sweet drink that's available year-round at this global cafe in Uptown. This curious cocktail is made with cranberry juice, raspberry syrup, champagne with a halo of sugar around the rim--drink up early with their cloud cakes at breakfast, the Tuscan Salmon at lunch or the Mystic Pizza at dinner.
The location of Wolfgang Puck's restaurant, which is situated 560 feet above ground level, isn't the only thing we're high on. The ginger mojito is positively uplifting with its ingredients of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, lime juice, Fever Tree Ginger Ale, ginger slivers, mint and simple syrup. Maybe the ginger will temper your queasiness later? One could hope.
Step out on the rooftop bar of the Belmont Hotel and enjoy the view of downtown Dallas with a blood orange martini. Xellent vodka, Campari, Triple Sec and fresh blood orange gives even more flair to the artsy eclectic types that make this Oak Cliff spot their stomping grounds. If you time it just right you can see the sun set in the reflection of your blood orange martini glass. Now that's a way to end the day.
Star chef Stephan Pyles is know for his intrepid flavors so it's no surprise to see the passion chile margarita on his Downtown restaurant's menu. Among a variety of ingredients Patron silver tequila, jalapeno-infused simple syrup and an aji mirasol chile garnish pack a smooth punch in taste and presentation. Be bold with Stephan and feel the passion.
Catherine 'Cat' Miltenberger, a well-known mixologist designs Dallas-inspired drinks for this trendy Uptown restaurant and bar. One of her favorites: Cretia's Garden, bright and refreshing with its marriage of Crop Organic Cucumber vodka, cucumber, muddled jalapeno and grated ginger. A garnish of a boursin cheese-stuffed olive and a cold slice of cucumber completes the refreshing pool in your mouth.