Archive for February, 2012

"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind."

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2012 at 5:00 am

“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”

Humphrey Bogart

Front Porch Lemonade Cocktail

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

In five hours, I want to be drinking one of these. Well, if I’m being honest, I want a personal bartender to follow me around the city, crafting cocktails just for me each time I feel a pang of dehydration. Which, as the weekend approaches, happens quite frequently.

It has been porch weather all this week in Dallas; as such, I’m craving a bourbon-based drink with splashes of citrus and ginger. Enter the Front Porch Cocktail, born from the insights of a calm summer’s day. Not that it’s summer, but it feels like it is, so, roll with it.

Front Porch Lemonade

Yields: One Cocktail


4-5 mint leaves

1 1/2 oz. bourbon

3 oz. lemonade

1 oz. ginger syrup

Mint sprigs, for garnish (more…)


Posted by    |    February 17th, 2012 at 1:47 pm


Posted by    |    February 9th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Another little resto that popped up down south in Bishop Arts area is the house-turned-bar/eatery, 303.  Aptly named, it’s located at 303 West Davis.  I’m not sure how novel naming a bar after its address is anymore, but it’s catchy nonetheless.

303 took over and renovated a little house complete with a fireplace and wrap-around porch (yup).  Watch out, all, the porch is segregated (yeah, you read that right).  There are separate porches for the eaters/drinkers and the drinkers/smokers – both complete with TVs as to not miss a second of your favorite basketball/football/lacrosse game.  The three TVs inside and the fact that they serve beer and pulled pork pancakes for brunch round out your Sunday afternoons – the locals found this out pretty quickly and have already claimed this place as their own.

Sidle up to the bar (because, let’s face it, I know bars better than tables) and peruse the menu – lots of sandwiches along with some other homemade favorites.  I didn’t eat anything, so I can’t say much about the food — sorry for partying.  They have fish and chips, so you know I’ll be back!

In the drinks, though, I partook.  Andrew, bartender and some other sort of important person at 303, recommended the Gummy Bear Martini.  I’d say pass on it unless you like those so-sweet-you-only-want-one drinks.  However, he seems to know his way around that bar, so ask for him anyway.  Their beer selection is limited, but they offer the usuals (Miller, Coors, Dos XX, Shiner, Heineken, Corona, Tecate, PBR, and NATTY LIGHT).  Selected beers are also available on draft.  If you’re a wine fan, they have that, too. (more…)

Super Bowl Drink Recipes from William Grant & Sons

Posted by    |    February 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

New England Tea Party

2 parts Bols Sweet Tea
1 part fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled teacup. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

The Super Bowl

1 part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 part Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
1 part Earl Grey Tea
1 part simple syrup
¾ part fresh lemon juice1 part dry, sparkling white win

Combine ingredients in a large punch bowl over block ice.  Stir to chill and incorporate.  Garnish with lemon.

4th & 1

Peel 4 Lemons
1 part sugar in the raw 
2 part black currant tea 
1 part fresh lemon juice 
2.5 part Sailor Jerry Rum 
1.5 par Canadian blended whiskey

Add lemon peels, sugar in the raw, juice, tea and spirits slowly into punch bowl. Add ice and slowly stir ingredients. Keep punch chilled and serve over ice.

Bourbon Tea Set, Hut!

2 oz Hudson Baby Bourbon
3/4 oz spiced tea syrup*
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice 
Dash egg whites

Combine ingredients and shake well.  Serve over fresh ice; garnish with a thin lemon wheel.