Welcome to the ongoing installment of our travel series, where Cocktail Builder hops around the country to find the hottest cocktails from newly opened bars. (After all, who better to provide a little libation inspiration than some of the most sought-after bartenders in the nation?) Not only are we bringing you info on where to go and what to order, but we’re even giving you recipes to create these cocktails from the comfort of your very own home.
Our next stop: Dallas/Fort Worth, home of 18 of the richest people in America, one of the busiest airports in the world, and the largest game of Twister ever played. As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas, and their cocktail culture is no exception.
From FT33 chef Matt McCallister comes Filament, a Deep Ellum location open since the end of 2015. Managing partner Jeff Gregory oversees a whiskey-centric cocktail program that pairs well with McCallister’s menu of Southern favorites. Our personal favorite is the Whiskey Smash, a stellar combination of bourbon, lemon, and mint. The recipe is so simple and yet perfectly balanced — just right for that person who thinks they don’t like whiskey. See recipe
Aggie Pick Me Up
As the newest addition to the Harwood District, Happiest Hour lives up to its name. The destination boasts freshly pressed cocktails, food for every craving, and the largest patio bar in Dallas. We highly recommend the Aggie Pick Me Up, a potent take on a strawberry margarita made with chocolate and chili-flavored tequila. If you ask us, it’s the only dessert you’ll need. See recipe
Passionfruit Mezcal Mule
Located above Japanese restaurant Uchi in Uptown Dallas, Top Knot is a happy-go-lucky haunt for those looking for a laidback vibe. The cocktail menu is pared down but definitely not boring, thanks to bold and unexpected combinations. Made with mezcal, passionfruit, and cucumber, their smoky take on a Moscow Mule is definitely one for the books. See recipe
Photo credit: Courtesy of Happiest Hour