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16 Totally Refreshing Spring Cocktails in Dallas-Fort Worth

By Steven Lindsey  |  April 6, 2016
Credit: The Cedars Social

The weather's great and the cocktails around town are in full bloom. Utilizing fresh seasonal ingredients, creative techniques and a few surprises here and there, the bartenders in Dallas–Fort Worth have delivered a bountiful crop of fresh flavors in every glass. Here are 16 spring cocktails you simply must try.

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    Strawberry Smash at HG Sply Co.
    The cocktails are as fresh and seasonally inspired as the food at this Lowest Greenville neighborhood spot, including this smash made with strawberry- and pink peppercorn-infused Gordon's gin, lemon juice mint and turbinado syrup. The peppercorn gives it a tiny kick without overpowering the sweet berry flavor.

    2008 Greenville Ave., 469-334-0896

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    Hibiscus Martini at Sundown at Granada
    This multilevel hangout with patios and rooftop decks next door to the historic Granada Theater on Lower Greenville offers a martiini made with Organic Double Cross Vodka, raspberry-peach Grand Marnier, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. It's shaken and strained into a martini glass with a splash of cranberry and champagne and an edible hibiscus flower.

    3520 Greenville Ave., 214-823-8305

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    Fresca Amaro at Americano
    Downtown's new cozy Italian-American spot inside the Joule Hotel is pouring this spring drink during brunch (and at other times if you ask really nicely). Made with blanco tequila, lime and grapefruit juices, honey and fresh rosemary, it's a Paloma gone cosmopolitan.

    1530 Main St., 214-261-4600

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    Deucey Club at Proof + Pantry
    Head to this New American restaurant in the Dallas Arts District for a refreshing but complexly flavored creation. Old Highborn gin is shaken on ice with Giffard's Orgeat, lemon juice and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters before being strained into a cute little Nick & Nora glass.

    1722 Routh St., 214-880-9940

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    Sir Barton Julep at The Cedars Social
    South of Downtown at this cocktail den in the Cedars neighborhood, you can easily be overwhelmed by the massive cocktail binder, so we'll direct you to at least one must-try to get things rolling. This take on a traditional julep from bar manager Tom Cavazos stars Red Handed bourbon with supporting roles from mixed berry-rosemary syrup, Parfait D'Amour (a Curaçao-based liqueur) and mint. It's served over crushed ice and spritzed with a little absinthe before being dusted with powdered sugar and decorated with fresh fruit.

    1326 South Lamar St., 214-928-7700

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    Thai Mai Tai at Asian Mint
    This popular Asian fusion restaurant in North Dallas has a small list of inventive drinks that sometimes gets overlooked in favor of sakes and Asian beers. But this Thai twist on the island mai tai is well worth ordering. Phraya Deep Gold rum is mixed with pineapple and lychee juices and garnished with lychee fruit. The secret ingredient is butterfly pea flower extract, a traditional addition to drinks in Thailand because of its herbal cooling qualities. So order up something spicy to eat and put it to the test.

    11617 North Central Expy., 214-363-6655

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    Tea Thyme at CBD Provisions
    Inside the Joule Hotel downtown, this all-day American brasserie shakes up several great drinks year-round, but this one is particularly suited for spring. Thyme-infused gin and a trio of liqueurs (French Amer, Gentian and Maraska) are mixed with fresh lemon and seltzer with a lemon and thyme garnish for a cocktail that drinks like iced tea, but with so much more going on inside that glass.

    1530 Main St., 214-261-4500

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    Aperol Spritz at Vicini American Italian Kitchen & Bar
    Up north in Frisco at this American/Italian restaurant, this wine-based beverage is fizzy and refreshing. It starts with Pinot Grigio to which Aperol and Fever Tree Club Soda are added over ice before being stirred and garnished with slices of orange. 

    7777 Warren Pkwy., Frisco; 469-362-8044

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    Sangria "Flamenco" at Quill Lounge
    The Design District's new cocktail lounge is already buzzing with the cocktail curious, but this rather straightforward sangria is just too perfect for the warming season to ignore. A gorgeous blend of red wine, Mathilde Orange XO liqueur, fresh pineapple and orange juices, simple syrup, ginger ale and brandy, it tastes as great as it looks.

    1628 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-484-8702

  • Red Devil at Remedy
    At this lowest Greenville spot inspired by old-fashioned soda fountains, the cocktail program is an ever-changing brainstorm session yielding some creative concoctions. This white tequila-based cocktail is highlighted by a berry-ginger shrub, which gives a slight pucker on the tongue thanks to the vinegar used in the recipe. A little Apertivo liqueur and a few glugs of club soda later and you've got one sinful sipper.

    2010 Greenville Ave., 469-294-4012

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    Let's Take That Dress Off at Henry's Majestic
    The Real Housewives of Dallas​ is about to debut, so leave it to the bar team at this Uptown gastropub to have a little fun with a cocktail inspired by the "reality" show. Made with gin, fortified wine, pomegranate and citrus juices, it's shaken and strained into a martini glass with a sparkling wine topper. Whether or not it leads to the removal of clothing depends on several factors.

    4900 McKinney Ave., 469-893-9400

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    The Scottish Smash at Del Frisco's Steakhouse
    At either the Fort Worth or Dallas location of this local steakhouse icon you can actually find a whiskey drink that is light enough for spring. Monkey Shoulder Scotch provides the kick while fresh lemon sour mix, orange marmalade and angostura bitters add that certain je ne sais quoi that makes this one memorable sipper at supper.

    Multiple locations

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    Home Run Fizz at R Bar & Grill
    This casual eatery inside the Hilton Arlington hotel has a great view of Six Flags Over Texas, but it's also a great place to stop in for a drink before or after a Texas Rangers game at nearby Globe Life Park. This baseball-inspired boozy beverage can be made with any flavor of Deep Eddy Vodka (this one features cranberry), cherries and fresh mint. The fizz comes from and J.P. Chenet blanc de blancs brut sparkling wine, something a little harder to come by at the ballpark.

    2401 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington; 817-640-4711

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    The Blind Lemon Supreme at Midnight Rambler
    Go down under Main Street to this subterranean cocktail den with a ’60s aesthetic and art deco influences for a drink named after Dallas' famous blues singer, Blind Lemon Jefferson. Created by Christy Pope and Chad Solomon, it's a new spring menu addition is made with TX Blue Corn Whiskey, lemon, orange Curaçao, Oloroso sherry and egg white. The essence of Texas cedar and grapefruit adds beautiful grace notes that would make Blind Lemon proud.

    1530 Main St., 214-261-4601

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    Majestic Melon at IVY Kitchen
    This upscale casual eatery is part of the LOOK Cinemas complex in Addison has a great patio for enjoying the wonderful April weather and this simple drink is a perfect match. Zodiac Cherry Vodka is poured together with sparkling wine and triple sec with fresh watermelon spheres for color. And a little Vitamin C.

    5411 Belt Line Rd., 214-306-7444

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    Dickel Rye Spring Smash at Paul Martin’s American Grill
    This slightly savory smash at this popular Turtle Creek neighborhood restaurant is new to the spring cocktail menu. Dickel Rye Whiskey, agave nectar and lemon juice are shaken together then given the unexpected twist of blistered grape tomatoes and fresh basil. Knocks out your thirst and salad craving all at once.

    3848 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-521-0116