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Sip summery cocktails on the swanky patio at Savor.
Sip summery cocktails on the swanky patio at Savor.
Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW

13 Must-Try Summer Cocktails to Sip Right Now

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Sip summery cocktails on the swanky patio at Savor.
| Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW

When the temperature hovers around 100 degrees — as it so often does during the epic Dallas summers — an icy cold beverage becomes practically a basic human need. While there's certainly no reason you can't drink Old-Fashioneds all year round, here are a dozen-plus must-try summer cocktails that lean toward the light and refreshing end of the spectrum.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barter

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3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 969-6898
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Barter's Rocco Milano makes some of the best damn drinks in town, and thanks to his draft cocktails you won't have to wait long for one. The hilariously named Cloontang is made with Casamigos Blanco tequila (the spirits company was co-founded by George Clooney), blackberry and elderflower tea syrup, fresh lime and pineapple juices and Fever Tree club soda.

2. Black Swan Saloon

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2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-4949
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The spicy pineapple vodka drink is a summer favorite, but owner and bartender extraordinaire Gabe Sanchez is always shaking up something new -- ask about the prickly pear-tequila drink flavored with a tongue-tingling combo of rosemary and Szechuan peppercorn. Not a tequila fan? We hear there's some kiwi-infused gin in the works, too.

3. Blind Butcher

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1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-0000
Can't decide between one of the Blind Butcher's many beer selections or a cocktail? Get the best of both worlds with the Hop Trip, made with Hophead vodka (distilled with two kinds of hops), honey syrup, lemon juice, egg white, bitters and pale ale.

4. Bolsa

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614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 367-9367
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Close your eyes and point to Bolsa's menu and you'll undoubtedly get something delicious everytime, but the Violet Beauregard tastes like summer in a glass -- Tito's vodka, St. Germain, blueberries, basil and a little red wine float.

5. Knife

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5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
Gin & tonics are one of the most refreshing summer drinks in existence, and thanks to Michael Martensen, Knife is giving the G&T the respect it deserves. Try one Spanish-style, made with one of several different artisanal tonics and served over plenty of ice in a stemless wine glasses and garnished with aromatic kaffir lime leaves or juniper berries.

6. LARK on the Park

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2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 855-5275
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The Moscow Mule has broken into the mainstream over the past few years, but Lark is keeping it fresh with a summery variation they call the Mangifera Mule, which adds mango nectar and orange bitters to the usual ginger beer/lime/vodka combo. [Photo: Jimmy Ngo/Eight-O Management]

7. The Local Oak

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409 N Zang Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 946-4625
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This friendly neighborhood spot has a killer namesake cocktail that's made with Tito's vodka, pickled red onion, basil, thyme and lemon juice for a refreshingly summery alternative to a martini. (Sounds weird, tastes delicious.)

8. The People's Last Stand

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5319 E. Mockingbird Ln., Suite 210
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-8755
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If, like so many others, cold-brew coffee is your summer beverage of choice, People's has a cocktail for you. The "Rumble, Young Man, Rumble" is made with cold-brewed coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, coffee and vanilla bean-infused Plantation 3 Star rum, milk and sugar for a refreshing pick-me-up that'll get you doubly buzzed.

9. Savor

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2000 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 306-5597
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If you dismiss any cocktail containing strawberries as a "girly drink," think again: The Savor Cup is made with Reyka vodka, strawberry-rosemary syrup, lemon and ginger beer for a refreshingly dry cocktail with a savory edge. (The awesome views of Klyde Warren Park from the outdoor lounge don't hurt, either.)

10. The Standard Pour

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2900 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 935-1370
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It's easy to get lost in The Standard Pour's cocktail bible they call a menu, but when in doubt, look to the "signature cocktails" section for unique creations like the Texas Two Sip, a summery shaken concoction made with locally distilled Waterloo gin, grapefruit, velvet falernum, prickly pear puree and lime juice and served up in an oh-so-fancy coupe glass.

11. Truck Yard

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5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 500-0139
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Kick back in the back of an old broken-down pickup truck at this insanely popular Lower Greenville compound and order up a round of Twisted Mules, a twist on the ubiquitous Moscow Mule made with vodka, ginger beer, lemon and tea syrup.

12. Vagabond

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3619 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
Tasty cocktails, build-your-own burgers and bocce ball awaits at this recent addition to Lower Greenville. The cocktail menu is solid all around, but the frothy Grapefruit Basil Fizz (gin, egg white, St. Germain, grapefruit, basil, soda) is an excellent choice for the current blazing hot conditions.

13. Victor Tangos

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3001 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 252-8595
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Miso in a cocktail? Absolutely. The Art of War is the clever creation of barman Alex Fletcher, which puts a spin on the usual highly refreshing gin-and-cucumber concoction with the additions of miso, lemon juice and clover honey.

1. Barter

3232 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Barter's Rocco Milano makes some of the best damn drinks in town, and thanks to his draft cocktails you won't have to wait long for one. The hilariously named Cloontang is made with Casamigos Blanco tequila (the spirits company was co-founded by George Clooney), blackberry and elderflower tea syrup, fresh lime and pineapple juices and Fever Tree club soda.
3232 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

2. Black Swan Saloon

2708 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
The spicy pineapple vodka drink is a summer favorite, but owner and bartender extraordinaire Gabe Sanchez is always shaking up something new -- ask about the prickly pear-tequila drink flavored with a tongue-tingling combo of rosemary and Szechuan peppercorn. Not a tequila fan? We hear there's some kiwi-infused gin in the works, too.
2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Blind Butcher

1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Can't decide between one of the Blind Butcher's many beer selections or a cocktail? Get the best of both worlds with the Hop Trip, made with Hophead vodka (distilled with two kinds of hops), honey syrup, lemon juice, egg white, bitters and pale ale.
1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Bolsa

614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Close your eyes and point to Bolsa's menu and you'll undoubtedly get something delicious everytime, but the Violet Beauregard tastes like summer in a glass -- Tito's vodka, St. Germain, blueberries, basil and a little red wine float.
614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

5. Knife

5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
Gin & tonics are one of the most refreshing summer drinks in existence, and thanks to Michael Martensen, Knife is giving the G&T the respect it deserves. Try one Spanish-style, made with one of several different artisanal tonics and served over plenty of ice in a stemless wine glasses and garnished with aromatic kaffir lime leaves or juniper berries.
5300 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

6. LARK on the Park

2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
The Moscow Mule has broken into the mainstream over the past few years, but Lark is keeping it fresh with a summery variation they call the Mangifera Mule, which adds mango nectar and orange bitters to the usual ginger beer/lime/vodka combo. [Photo: Jimmy Ngo/Eight-O Management]
2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201

7. The Local Oak

409 N Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208
This friendly neighborhood spot has a killer namesake cocktail that's made with Tito's vodka, pickled red onion, basil, thyme and lemon juice for a refreshingly summery alternative to a martini. (Sounds weird, tastes delicious.)
409 N Zang Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208

8. The People's Last Stand

5319 E. Mockingbird Ln., Suite 210, Dallas, TX 75206
If, like so many others, cold-brew coffee is your summer beverage of choice, People's has a cocktail for you. The "Rumble, Young Man, Rumble" is made with cold-brewed coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, coffee and vanilla bean-infused Plantation 3 Star rum, milk and sugar for a refreshing pick-me-up that'll get you doubly buzzed.
5319 E. Mockingbird Ln., Suite 210
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Savor

2000 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
If you dismiss any cocktail containing strawberries as a "girly drink," think again: The Savor Cup is made with Reyka vodka, strawberry-rosemary syrup, lemon and ginger beer for a refreshingly dry cocktail with a savory edge. (The awesome views of Klyde Warren Park from the outdoor lounge don't hurt, either.)
2000 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201

10. The Standard Pour

2900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
It's easy to get lost in The Standard Pour's cocktail bible they call a menu, but when in doubt, look to the "signature cocktails" section for unique creations like the Texas Two Sip, a summery shaken concoction made with locally distilled Waterloo gin, grapefruit, velvet falernum, prickly pear puree and lime juice and served up in an oh-so-fancy coupe glass.
2900 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

11. Truck Yard

5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206
Kick back in the back of an old broken-down pickup truck at this insanely popular Lower Greenville compound and order up a round of Twisted Mules, a twist on the ubiquitous Moscow Mule made with vodka, ginger beer, lemon and tea syrup.
5624 Sears St
Dallas, TX 75206

12. Vagabond

3619 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
Tasty cocktails, build-your-own burgers and bocce ball awaits at this recent addition to Lower Greenville. The cocktail menu is solid all around, but the frothy Grapefruit Basil Fizz (gin, egg white, St. Germain, grapefruit, basil, soda) is an excellent choice for the current blazing hot conditions.
3619 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206

13. Victor Tangos

3001 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Miso in a cocktail? Absolutely. The Art of War is the clever creation of barman Alex Fletcher, which puts a spin on the usual highly refreshing gin-and-cucumber concoction with the additions of miso, lemon juice and clover honey.
3001 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

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