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The Woolworth's Chill Factor is served in a golden pineapple.
The Woolworth's Chill Factor is served in a golden pineapple.
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12 Refreshing Cocktails to Keep You Cool This Summer

It's hot — drink up.

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The Woolworth's Chill Factor is served in a golden pineapple.
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During the summer, cocktails have to serve more of a purpose than just getting you drunk. When the temperatures are this high, only something refreshing and served with plenty of ice will do. You may take your whiskey neat the rest of the year, but even the most discerning drinkers can’t resist an excellent summer cocktail. Better add these ten libations to your seasonal drinking repertoire — it may be the only way to tolerate the 100-plus degree days to come.

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1. Midnight Rambler

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4601
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As with the rest of the year, summer is a great time to find yourself in this “craft cocktail salon” at the Joule. The cocktails here are as drinkable as they are odd, which means that you may find yourself suddenly addicted to slurping down ice-cold vodka and pho broth, the cheekily named Pho-King Champ, in the same glass. If that isn’t avant-garde enough for you, try The Psychedelic Sound Of The Improved Bergamot Sour, made with Earl Grey-infused gin, maraschino liqueur, and bergamot essence.

2. Parliament

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2418 Allen St
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 804-4321
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The bar at Parliament is always a solid choice, even though its close quarters may get a little sweaty during the summer months. The produce, on the other hand, will be fresh as ever, which makes for an incredible Garden Gimlet, made with local herbs and Ford's Gin. The Dragon Fly is also an excellent fresh cocktail, mixed with cracked black pepper, basil, cucumber, and ginger.

3. The Woolworth

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1520 Elm St #201
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 814-0588
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At The Woolworth, summer’s most refreshing cocktail is served in a golden pineapple. The Chill Factor, as it is aptly named, is a meant-for-two drink mixed with Absolut Elyx vodka, chamomile syrup, elderflower liqueur, and lavender honey. The result is impossibly refreshing, and no one can pass up a cocktail that is served in a pineapple, then garnished with dry ice and edible flowers. At $26 it is pricey, but totally worth the spectacle.

4. Proof + Pantry

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1722 Routh St Ste 102
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 880-9940
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Should you find yourself parched while wandering around the Dallas Arts District, drop into Proof + Pantry for a classy cool-off. The recently-launched summer cocktail menu is as strong as you would expect with Michael Martensen at the helm, but you’ll want to skip the heavier drinks this summer in favor of a lighter sip, like the Peachy Clean. Made with gin, peach liqueur, and ginger syrup, it’s the perfect drink for 100+ degree days.

5. Henry's Majestic

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4900 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(469) 893-9400
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Barman Alex Fletcher has a flair for creating impossibly sippable cocktails, and the setting at Henry’s Majestic is perfect for both a lazy summer Saturday, or, as the kids say, “getting turnt up.” While the weather is still bearable, sit out on the restaurant’s awesome patio and enjoy a Amor Azul. This tequila-based cocktail is mixed with blueberry, mint, and rosewater, which is basically the holy trinity of sophisticated summer flavors.

6. Remedy

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2010 Greenville Ave Ste B
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 294-4012
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At this Lower Greenville throwback spot, Mate Hartai has assembled a collection of highballs and cocktails that will keep your thirst at bay all summer long. The sodas, syrups, tinctures, and other fancy components are all house-made, and as fresh as can be. Try the Melon Ball, made with rhum agricole and housemade Dew! soda (think Mountain Dew but much fancier and fresher) for a sweet and exceptionally melon-y sip.

7. Meso Maya

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1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 484-6555
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Obviously, margaritas are a must during the summer, and Downtown’s Meso Maya is home to some of the best. The avocado margarita is a particular favorite, and avocados are like, totally healthy which makes 5 or 6 of these on the patio totally justifiable from a health perspective. In fact, many of these margaritas look like something you’d order at a fancy juice bar with all the organic tequila, fresh fruit purees, and even vegetables. Cucumber totally counts as a vegetable.

8. The Mitchell

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1404 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 230-1404
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This swanky cocktail lounge’s libations don’t come cheap, but they are certainly refreshing. The gin & tonic here is a particular standout. The classic cocktail is made with the barman’s choice of spirit, and they generally won’t do you wrong. If G&T isn’t your thing, try the bar’s sophisticated take on a Paloma, called the Rio Bravo. Made with anejo tequila, mint-peppercorn syrup, and fresh grapefruit juice, this is a cocktail that could make patios bearable this time of year.

9. Lark on the Park

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2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 855-5275
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During the sweltering summer months, it’s maybe best to skip the spirit-forward (and stellar) options on the cocktail menu at Lark on the Park and stick with the “short” and “long” sections of the menu. The variety of summery cocktails here is excellent, but what is most impressive is how this bar has been able to integrate fresh produce of all kinds into the menu. Veggies feature prominently here, from the celery and cucumber muddled into the Hanging In The Garden, to the fresh greens in the Shiso Smash.

10. On Premise

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2711 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 872-0840
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On Premise may be newly opened, but they’ve hit the ground running with their summer cocktail menu. Mezcal is prominently featured, but not in the smoky, spirit-forward way that you’re used to. Try the Ong-Bak, made with mezcal and fresh fruit juices, then garnished with a tiny paper umbrella. There’s literally nothing more important in summer drinking than tiny umbrellas.

11. Black Swan Saloon

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2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-4949
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Gabe Sanchez always has something new up his sleeve. Right now it's a summery play on the classic mint julep concocted with peach bourbon, honey syrup, fresh mint, habanero-peach jam, and Campari, served classically over a mountain of crushed ice in a proper julep cup. Fancy (and delicious). Plus, no other patio in town has a badass Clint Eastwood tile mural like this one.

12. Bolsa

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614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 367-9367
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Grapefruit may be a winter crop, but the refreshingly bitter citrus fruit makes for some mighty tasty summer cocktails. Try Bolsa's Yellow #5, a unique and fizzy concoction of blanco tequila, grapefruit juice, soda, and turmeric, the bright yellow root often touted for its health benefits. (Antioxidants or no antioxidants — it tastes amazing.)

1. Midnight Rambler

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
As with the rest of the year, summer is a great time to find yourself in this “craft cocktail salon” at the Joule. The cocktails here are as drinkable as they are odd, which means that you may find yourself suddenly addicted to slurping down ice-cold vodka and pho broth, the cheekily named Pho-King Champ, in the same glass. If that isn’t avant-garde enough for you, try The Psychedelic Sound Of The Improved Bergamot Sour, made with Earl Grey-infused gin, maraschino liqueur, and bergamot essence.
1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

2. Parliament

2418 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204
The bar at Parliament is always a solid choice, even though its close quarters may get a little sweaty during the summer months. The produce, on the other hand, will be fresh as ever, which makes for an incredible Garden Gimlet, made with local herbs and Ford's Gin. The Dragon Fly is also an excellent fresh cocktail, mixed with cracked black pepper, basil, cucumber, and ginger.
2418 Allen St
Dallas, TX 75204

3. The Woolworth

1520 Elm St #201, Dallas, TX 75201
At The Woolworth, summer’s most refreshing cocktail is served in a golden pineapple. The Chill Factor, as it is aptly named, is a meant-for-two drink mixed with Absolut Elyx vodka, chamomile syrup, elderflower liqueur, and lavender honey. The result is impossibly refreshing, and no one can pass up a cocktail that is served in a pineapple, then garnished with dry ice and edible flowers. At $26 it is pricey, but totally worth the spectacle.
1520 Elm St #201
Dallas, TX 75201

4. Proof + Pantry

1722 Routh St Ste 102, Dallas, TX 75201
Should you find yourself parched while wandering around the Dallas Arts District, drop into Proof + Pantry for a classy cool-off. The recently-launched summer cocktail menu is as strong as you would expect with Michael Martensen at the helm, but you’ll want to skip the heavier drinks this summer in favor of a lighter sip, like the Peachy Clean. Made with gin, peach liqueur, and ginger syrup, it’s the perfect drink for 100+ degree days.
1722 Routh St Ste 102
Dallas, TX 75201

5. Henry's Majestic

4900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Barman Alex Fletcher has a flair for creating impossibly sippable cocktails, and the setting at Henry’s Majestic is perfect for both a lazy summer Saturday, or, as the kids say, “getting turnt up.” While the weather is still bearable, sit out on the restaurant’s awesome patio and enjoy a Amor Azul. This tequila-based cocktail is mixed with blueberry, mint, and rosewater, which is basically the holy trinity of sophisticated summer flavors.
4900 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

6. Remedy

2010 Greenville Ave Ste B, Dallas, TX 75206
At this Lower Greenville throwback spot, Mate Hartai has assembled a collection of highballs and cocktails that will keep your thirst at bay all summer long. The sodas, syrups, tinctures, and other fancy components are all house-made, and as fresh as can be. Try the Melon Ball, made with rhum agricole and housemade Dew! soda (think Mountain Dew but much fancier and fresher) for a sweet and exceptionally melon-y sip.
2010 Greenville Ave Ste B
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Meso Maya

1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
Obviously, margaritas are a must during the summer, and Downtown’s Meso Maya is home to some of the best. The avocado margarita is a particular favorite, and avocados are like, totally healthy which makes 5 or 6 of these on the patio totally justifiable from a health perspective. In fact, many of these margaritas look like something you’d order at a fancy juice bar with all the organic tequila, fresh fruit purees, and even vegetables. Cucumber totally counts as a vegetable.
1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202

8. The Mitchell

1404 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75202
This swanky cocktail lounge’s libations don’t come cheap, but they are certainly refreshing. The gin & tonic here is a particular standout. The classic cocktail is made with the barman’s choice of spirit, and they generally won’t do you wrong. If G&T isn’t your thing, try the bar’s sophisticated take on a Paloma, called the Rio Bravo. Made with anejo tequila, mint-peppercorn syrup, and fresh grapefruit juice, this is a cocktail that could make patios bearable this time of year.
1404 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202

9. Lark on the Park

2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
During the sweltering summer months, it’s maybe best to skip the spirit-forward (and stellar) options on the cocktail menu at Lark on the Park and stick with the “short” and “long” sections of the menu. The variety of summery cocktails here is excellent, but what is most impressive is how this bar has been able to integrate fresh produce of all kinds into the menu. Veggies feature prominently here, from the celery and cucumber muddled into the Hanging In The Garden, to the fresh greens in the Shiso Smash.
2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Dallas, TX 75201

10. On Premise

2711 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
On Premise may be newly opened, but they’ve hit the ground running with their summer cocktail menu. Mezcal is prominently featured, but not in the smoky, spirit-forward way that you’re used to. Try the Ong-Bak, made with mezcal and fresh fruit juices, then garnished with a tiny paper umbrella. There’s literally nothing more important in summer drinking than tiny umbrellas.
2711 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

11. Black Swan Saloon

2708 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Gabe Sanchez always has something new up his sleeve. Right now it's a summery play on the classic mint julep concocted with peach bourbon, honey syrup, fresh mint, habanero-peach jam, and Campari, served classically over a mountain of crushed ice in a proper julep cup. Fancy (and delicious). Plus, no other patio in town has a badass Clint Eastwood tile mural like this one.
2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Bolsa

614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Grapefruit may be a winter crop, but the refreshingly bitter citrus fruit makes for some mighty tasty summer cocktails. Try Bolsa's Yellow #5, a unique and fizzy concoction of blanco tequila, grapefruit juice, soda, and turmeric, the bright yellow root often touted for its health benefits. (Antioxidants or no antioxidants — it tastes amazing.)
614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

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