Jettison bar in Dallas will serve a coursed-out omakase cocktail menu featuring six drinks indicative of spring.

Jettison bar in Dallas will serve a coursed-out omakase cocktail menu featuring six drinks indicative of spring.

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Omakase is Japanese for "I'll leave it up to you." Say this word, and you're trusting the chef to select the dishes you eat and the order in which you eat them. The term is most closely associated with sushi and other Japanese restaurants, but, thanks to Jettison, you can also experience omakase in cocktail form.

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On April 28, Jettison will serve a coursed-out omakase menu featuring six drinks indicative of spring. The evening will highlight cocktails made with new or recently introduced spirits, plus seasonal produce and herbs like strawberry, kiwi, mango, thyme, sage and edible flowers. Drinks will include the Eternal & Fleeting - which blends rose petal-infused Manzanilla sherry with peach brandy, Benedictine and teapot bitters - and the Cloud Cover, which features Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon, chai tea, ginger, honey and grapefruit foam.

This marks the third time Jettison has offered an omakase menu after last May's tea-influenced cocktail event and November's event highlighting Oaxacan spirits and ingredients.

"Our plan is to host a cocktail omakase each season. As this is the first one of the year, we planned it around the spring season," said bar manager George Kaiho. "Spring is when life and nature activity start, so I featured spirits that have just been released, spirits that are going away, and flavors inspired by the new life created each spring."

Bartender George Kaiho mixes drinks at Jettison in Dallas, on Dec. 7, 2016.

Bartender George Kaiho mixes drinks at Jettison in Dallas, on Dec. 7, 2016.

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Kaiho and Sean Henry, the owner of Houndstooth, Tweed and Jettison, are excited about hosting these unique experiences for regulars and newcomers alike. 

"There have been some bars in the U.S. that offer this, but no bar in Dallas does it on a regular basis that we know of," says Kaiho. "Just like a prix fixe dinner from chefs, this cocktail omakase is where we can showcase a full experience with a certain theme, progression of drinks, elevated presentation, and use of special techniques."

You can reserve your spot by purchasing a ticket on Tock, with seatings available at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Then, when the day comes, guests will take their place at the 10-seat bar to witness the drink-making techniques and intricate preparations that go into creating a memorable, multi-course cocktail progression.

"One thing I am personally focusing on for these events is to have them be interactive and fun to watch," says Kaiho. "We want to do our best in putting a 'wow' factor into every single drink we serve."

Cycle of Life Cocktail Omakase at Jettison: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 28. $90 per person. Jettison, 1878 Sylvan Ave., Dallas. exploretock.com/jettisonaway.

Jettison bar in Dallas will serve a coursed-out omakase cocktail menu featuring six drinks indicative of spring.

Jettison bar in Dallas will serve a coursed-out omakase cocktail menu featuring six drinks indicative of spring.

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