By Kena Sosa

Dallas and Fort Worth have spoken. They no longer want a generic beer when they head out. Denizens of Fort Worth and the Big D are dried up and demand original beverages to quench and pique their mixology curiosities. The experts have responded to this demand with an ample supply of new cocktails for you and your friends to try.

V Eats
3011 Gulden Lane
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 377-6009

Word of mouth reached you yet? Gaining speed and publicity for its plant-based meats on the 100% vegan comfort food menu, V Eats has hit the clean floor of the restaurant industry running. Try the now infamous vegan brisket, nibble on the no-meat Salisbury steak or dive in to the award-winning chili. Whatever you choose, chase it down with a drink at the bar. Mixology master, Michael Cormier and Chef extraordinaire, Troy Gardner team up for this coincidentally named signature cocktail, Herb Garden. The herb-infused gin will hit your taste buds first, followed by dashes of lime and spinach, topped off with a lime wheel garnish. If this is not the definition of refreshing, I am not sure what is.

Ashton Gardens
2001 Ashton Gardens Lane
Corinth, TX 76210
(940) 498-4273

Ashton Gardens, just a wink and a nudge from Dallas/Fort Worth, is one of the most popular wedding venues in North Texas. The personalization and customization of forever dreams goes hand in hand with the idea of custom wedding cocktails. Ashton Gardens has both a bride’s drink and a groom’s drink made just for the occasion. The bride’s drink, Always and Forever, is a decadent mix of vodka, cranberry, and Triple Sec. The groom’s drink, the Moscow Mule, has ginger beer, vodka and lime juice. Pair these cocktails together and you’ll see just how sweet love can be.

4511 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 559-3111

There’s something to be said for personal service and excellence. Abacus strives for that. They attend to the palette of diners and drinkers with green ingredients from our own community. Comfortable and classy, Abacus adds to the luxury and clean-conscience needs of consumers with their expansive cocktail menu. There might be too many to try in one sitting. If that’s the case, start with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, a blend of strawberry shrub champagne, lemon and Ford’s gin and discover why Abacus is applauded by Open Table, USA Today and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

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777 Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 877-3388

Considering the events of 2016, we can all use a little more grace and dignity in our lives. Thus, a visit to Grace in Fort Worth hits the spot both on the tongue and on the soul. Fill your stomach with succulent cuts of pork, beef, and chicken. When you need to wash it down, try Grace’s one-of-a-kind cocktails for an aftertaste you will crave. Top shelf ingredients and the shake or stir of a master, make cocktails like the Rusty Monkey, featuring a bold mix of Tempus Cacao, Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch, Averna and Drambuie, the only way to gracefully finish off the night.

1001 Foch St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Reservoir is a term that gives a sense of safety and abundance, a special something reserved just for you. That is exactly what one should expect visiting the bar, Reservoir, in Fort Worth. Big screens, large pizzas and savory Southern treats burst hunger cravings. However, it is the delightful list of unique cocktails and drinks at the bar that keep patrons coming back. One favorite, the Bushwacker, feels like dessert as much as a drink. Coffee liqueur, Don Q Cristal Rum and Feckin’ Irish Whiskey, leave little room for dissatisfaction in this chocolaty, delightful drink.

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