When summer weather threatens to knock you down, reach for a boozy pick-me-up.
Dallas-Fort Worth is full of watering holes with excellent libations for the season. Just ask Nico Martini, a local boozehound and author of the new book Texas Cocktails, which offer a tour of the Lone Star State one sip at a time.
"The best summer cocktails are the ones focused on using the best summer ingredients," says Martini, whose last name coincidentally pairs with his career path. "Using the best seasonal fruits, like watermelon or grapefruit, will make your cocktails summer-worthy and give you the perfect libations for relaxing on a patio. Also, don't be afraid to toss it in a blender and do a frozen version."
Martini chose three cocktail recipes from his book to help North Texans beat the heat. Make them at home or duck into the bars that created them -- we promise they have air conditioning.
Find it at Lounge Here (9028 Garland Rd., Dallas) for $12.
- 3/4 oz. gin
- 3/4 oz. St-Germain
- 3/4 oz. Lustau Fino sherry
- 3/4 oz. grapefruit juice
- 1/4 oz. lemon juice
- Top with prosecco
- Grapefruit peel for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a collins glass. Fill with prosecco and garnish with a grapefruit peel.
Fleur Du Mal
Find it at Paschall Bar (122 N. Locust St., Denton) for $10.
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. Lillet Blanc
- 1 oz. St-Germain
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
- 1/4 oz. grenadine
- 1/4 oz. Bradley's Kina tonic
- Dried rose buds for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with dried flowers.
Lipstick and Rouge
Find it at Pie 3.14 Everyday Eatery (2560 King Arthur Blvd., Suite 100, Lewisville) for $9.
- 3/4 oz. Aperol
- 3/4 oz. Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira
- 3/4 oz. lemon juice
- 3 oz. prosecco
- Lemon peel twist for garnish
Combine Aperol, amaretto, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a champagne flute. Fill with