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Summer’s Last Cocktail Salute to Watermelon

September 12, 2017
Summer's Last Cocktail Salute to Watermelon |
By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor

Watermelon: Like baseball and fireworks, it’s a summer tradition — it just wouldn’t seem like the season is complete without a taste of that sweet red fruit. And now that petite fruit options are available (branded as “personal watermelons”) it’s practical to buy a melon for just one or two.

Ocean Prime, the posh seafood venue in the shadow of The Crescent complex in Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood offers a sophisticated summer cocktail that uses watermelon to good effect. The Watermelon Elyx combines premium vodka and gin, the flavors of lime, basil and ginger, and watermelon purée. Its presentation in a coupe glass with a garnish of melon balls makes it elegant. Click through to re-create it at home!

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Dallas Bars Whip Up Cheery Holiday Cocktails

December 22, 2016
Dallas Bars Whip Up Holiday Cocktails |

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!

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Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

Tasting the new Guinness Nitro IPA

October 6, 2015

Ed. Note: Our intrepid contibutor, Patrick St. Jean, ventured out to Savor Restaurant in Dallas last week to check out Guinness’ latest iteration.

By Patrick St. Jean

Last Tuesday evening, we headed down to Savor Gastropub near Klyde Warren Park in Dallas for the introduction of Guinness’ new Nitro IPA. We got there a little bit early and spent some time talking to Ian Colgan, Guinness’ Beer Ambassador, as well as the American staff helping him out. Our group was seated outside, much to the delight of the folks from Guinness, as they were enjoying our lovely local weather.

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Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

Savor Dallas bulks up its slate of spirits and beer

March 19, 2015
Savor Dallas brings the booze and beer |

Membership has its privileges, someone once said. And that is true of Goody Goody’s deep involvement in this year’s Savor Dallas, the refreshed annual food and wine extravaganza that kicks off tonight. Last year, the Dallas Morning News-owned event firm CrowdSource scooped up Savor Dallas from co-founders Jim White and Vicky Briley-White and have since unleashed a slew of cool changes to the four-day event!

In addition to a (sold-out) Community Brunch on Sunday whose proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum, a new series of informational foodie/drinkie events called the Toast of the Town Event Series will take place at some of the finest restos in town all throughout Savor Dallas.

But, hey — this is a beer and spirits blog. So what we’re most excited about is that the centerpiece Grand Tasting (the huge food and drink sampling extravaganza going down this year at Fair Park’s Centennial Hall) is debuting a spirits alley featuring among the best brands in the biz. (The Reserve Tasting just before the Grand Tasting is also featuring a mixology corner, but that event’s sold out!) PLUS, Savor Dallas has joined forces with the folks at Untapped (also run by CrowdSource) to present a craft beer corner at the Grand Tasting.

The mini-Untapped participants will include brews from Ballast Point, Boulevard, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Firestone Walker, Lakewood and Ommegang. Hanging out on the spirits alley will be nearly 40 labels, including Woodford Reserve, Tullamore D.E.W., Fernet, Herradura and Grey Goose. So slap on your Bytox patch before you navigate the offerings this Saturday, because there’ll be a ton to savor at Savor Dallas!

Swill & Suds, Swine Dining

Iron Fork details and a ticket giveaway

February 27, 2015

Hold on to your hats, foodies: The Dallas Observer’s Iron Chef — brought to you in conjunction with local chef Kent Rathbun — is back this April to fill up Fair Park’s Centennial Hall with edible and sippable goodness. The food and drink festival culminates in a head-to-head chef competition, but that’s not even what we’re most excited about … read on!

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