The holidays are a prime time to bust out all the best festive seasonal cocktails, and this year, we’ve got a roundup with local flair! Voila, some cocktail recipes from some of our favorite Dallas bars, just waiting to spice up your holidays, whether you’re partying with friends or family, or whipping something just for you at your home bar. So break out the nice glassware and get ready for a celebration in a glass. And happy holidays!
If you’ve noticed things have been a bit silent here on the blog, it’s because Swine & Swill has been working through a huge development that should turn out to be as much of an adventure for you, our readers, as it has for us!
Last month, I accepted a job as an English teacher in Korea, just north of Seoul. So I’m living in Korea!! Woohoo, right?! Anyway, the craziness leading up to the move (between language learning and teaching cert-getting, I’ve been working on this since January) made even semi-regular blogging really, really tough, for both me and Jerry (he’s staying in the States). Now that the dust is settling on our move out of our shared place in Dallas, we hope to get back into a better blogging rhythm. PLUS — we still hope to continue to get more help from our contributors Patrick Gary and Patrick St. Jean covering goings-on in Dallas along with Jerry.
Around here, we refuse to call today Cinco de Drinko – all it evokes is visions of cheap margs you pound by the quart. We’d rather celebrate the holiday with beautifully balanced, wonderfully crafted cocktails – including ones that don’t feature tequila. Imagine that! Here are some beverages that’ll have you forgetting Cinco de Drinko forever. Not in the mood to whip up drinks? We’ve got a list of spots where they’ll do it for you — with terrific Cinco specials. Cheers!
This Sunday, as the ultimate counterprogramming to Easter, a number of local bartenders are hatching (hehe) a hip-hop-flavored cigar and cocktail pop-up primed to pull your ham- and deviled egg-stuffed butt to Oak Cliff.
Dallas bar masters Omar Yeefoon (86 & Co.) and Phillip Smith (Parliament) are teaming with visiting talents Kyle Zimmerman from OKC and Andy Maurer from Houston to host “Yeezy Does It,” a pop-up going down at Cigar Art in the OC.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, yes, but let’s face it – you’re going to be celebrating the Irish-flavored holiday tomorrow and this weekend, ain’t ya? Make sure your home bar is stocked and ready to whip up these elevated St. Patrick’s Day cocktails. Forget neon-green liqueurs and gimmicky concoctions – these creations come from the minds of the best mixologists and top brands around. So get your sláinte on in style …
This Sunday, the annual Academy Awards telecast returns – and as a movie fanatic, it’s simply one of my favorite times to throw a shindig. But, alas, not this year – honestly, none of the nominees have really piqued my interest this go-round. But that don’t mean I won’t drink anyway! And these Hollywood-inspired cocktails will make either partying or vegging/live-tweeting the awards from your sofa that much more spectacular. So whip up one of these drinks and get to snarking about the red-carpet fails. Cheers!
Last weekend, as you’ll recall, we attended and I judged an incredible pisco sour competition in Dallas called the Pisco Cocktail Duel — it went smashingly! Each of the eight participating bartenders did admirably well in dreaming up inventive new takes on the classic Peruvian cocktail, and while they handed out samples, I got to meet with representatives from the event’s four sponsor spirits: Cuatro Gallos, Pisco Porton, Santiago Queirolo and Barsol. Meantime, the event’s attendees were engaged and lively, and, honestly? I was happily surprised at how curious they were about pisco and each bartender’s drink — certainly made for a fun and energetic vibe to the event.
Once attendees got a sip of each bartender’s cocktails, it was time for us judges to be seated and for each bar pro to step up and create their signature pisco drink before us while detailing the inspiration behind them and then serving them up with flair. We tasted, we discussed, we scored, and the bartender who ended up with top honors was Spencer Shelton from Bolsa — he put a food-centric twist on his version of the pisco sour, incorporating characteristic foods and flavors from Peru. It was a smooth, well-balanced sip that pleased our palates! As the winner, Spencer took home $500 and a bottle of each event sponsor’s pisco. Kudos!
There’ll be more pisco duels in coming months culminating in a grand championship in the latter part of the year. Stay tuned! Meantime, enjoy this gallery of snapshots from last weekend’s event …
Saturday afternoon, North Dallas will be the site of a head-to-head-to-head battle of pisco sours, just in time for the cocktail’s holiday, celebrated annually in Peru.
From 4 to 6 p.m., eight of the area’s top bartenders will gather at the Pisco Cocktail Duel to whip up their own unique take on the pisco sour; prizes (and bragging rights) shall be awarded. The eight participating cocktail masters hail from High & Tight, Oak, Whiskey Cake, Thompson’s and Parliament, among other fine drinking establishments. Best part is that this FREE event will be open to the public … and I’ll be one of the judges!
With a handful of days off from work and family and friends gathering to celebrate, the holidays are a prime time for relaxing … and, you know – enjoying excellent craft cocktails in multiples. Here’re some holiday cocktails perfect for toasting the end-of-year celebrations. And if you need something to sate the whole party, check out our recent roundup on boozy punches – they’re not just for Thanksgiving, ya know!
Speaking of giving thanks, you’ll be singing praises over our latest giveaway – click through to learn how to win the elegant and luxurious Absolut Elyx pineapple!
What do you get the lush and bon vivant who has everything? If you’re thirsty for ideas, we’re here to help: Swine & Swill is proud to present its first-ever holiday gift guide! In the next several paragraphs, you’ll find recommendations for cool, quirky and just plain outstanding presents for those who love spirits, beer and booze-oriented tools, for all kinds of budget levels. Cheers to a good year of gift-giving! Oh, and keep in mind — most of these make killer gifts to yourself!