Vodka on display during a party. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images For The Palm Springs International Film Festival)

Vodka on display during a party. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images For The Palm Springs International Film Festival)

Vodka is one of the most versatile liquors, and you’ll find that it goes with almost anything, which makes it a great option for infusing fun and creative flavors into it. In DFW, there are quite a few places to find a good cocktail. It’s always a little more fun to try something creative, and one of the best ways for bars to create those original flavors is by doing so in house. These are some of the best bars that do exactly that, creating infused vodkas and usually incorporating them into delicious cocktails. But you can also just enjoy infused vodka over ice.

Black Swan Saloon
2708 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 749-4848
www.blackswansaloon.comBlack Swan Saloon opened in 2010, and in 2011, the owner, Gabe Sanchez, was named “Best Bartender.” The bar used to be the old Thin Room, which is an accurate description of the bar because it actually is a thin room with one television, a small stage and great drinks at the bar. One of the things that the Black Swan Saloon is known for is the infused liquors that they serve. One of the favorites is the strawberry Moscow mule, made with strawberry infused vodka. They often offer seasonal flavors like the watermelon infused vodka in the summer.

Libertine Bar
2101 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-7900
www.libertinebar.comAt The Libertine Bar, you can find both local and imported craft beers and a great list of classic and original cocktails. The food served in the kitchen is sourced from local producers and is always fresh and delicious and goes great with the drinks. If you’re looking for some original flavors, try the “Mr. Kitty” cocktail, which is made with house-infused vanilla vodka, raspberry syrup and cream. You might also like the “que srirach srirach” made with house-infused cucumber vodka, lime, ginger syrup, simple syrup and sriracha.

HG Sply Co
2008 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 334-0896
www.hgsplyco.comThis restaurant and bar was started by four men with the goal of serving great beer, creative cocktails and natural food to fuel your body. In nice weather, it’s nice to enjoy a good cocktail on the rooftop. You will not only find vodka infused with different flavors here, but other types of liquor as well. If you’re looking for some tropical flavors, you will probably enjoy the “island hop” which is made with coconut-infused vodka, kiwi and fresh lime.

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Paul Martin’s American Grill
3848 Oaklawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 521-0116
www.paulmartinsamericangrill.comIf you’re looking for a great place to have a nice dinner with your cocktails, this is a great option. The food on the menu includes seafood from sustainable fisheries, free-range and natural meats and poultry and artisan cheeses. With the food, they are serving up artisanal cocktails made with a variety of house-infused liquors, craft beers and a long list of wines. They usually have different options for house-infused vodkas that are offered. Their raspberry martini features house-infused raspberry vodka, sweet vermouth and lemon juice. They also offer two cocktails made with house-infused meyer lemon vodka.

The Standard Pour
2900 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 935-1370
www.tspdallas.comYou are sure to find a great cocktail at this cocktail den located in Uptown Dallas. The list includes classic cocktails as well as unique options. There is also a diverse list of beers and liquors offered which includes a variety of house-infused liquors. Their “peach smash” features peach-infused vodka, while the “Cape Cod” features cranberry-infused vodka. The Standard Pour has also gotten a lot of press for their food menu which goes well with the infused vodkas.

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Kelsi Gerwell is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas-Fort Worth. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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