Plate Hate: Why Is There a Forest In My Drink?

Categories: Complaint Desk

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Scott Reitz
Leslie Brenner's new Best of Guide touts Dallas' top cocktails, complete with a swanky photo spread. One of the shots mirrors an experience I've had enough of.

A high ball glass filled with glistening ice and dotted with kumquat slices is topped with not just a sprig of lavender, but a small branch. The drink, which I'm sure tastes nice enough, is featured at Bailey's Prime Plus and bears the name "Jasmine."

A few nights ago I grabbed a gin-based cocktail at Oak Cliff's Bolsa and was presented a drink with a bundle of thyme growing from the glass. "Killin' Thyme," as they called it, was a light and pleasing summer refresher laced with Hendrick's gin and peach bitters. I enjoyed every herb-scented sip, but I think a similar effect could be achieved without crowning the cocktail with a small copse of trees.

The cocktail resurgence may be a relatively recent development, but over-sized drink garnishes are nothing new. The Bloody Mary takes top honors in the giant vegetative drink garnish category, boasting an eight-inch stalk of celery turned swizzle stick and a toothpick impaled olive and pickle salad bar.

Garnish gripes aside, the nation's best mixology is nowhere near Dallas this week. Every summer, the city of New Orleans hosts a boozy networking event dubbed Tales of the Cocktail. Bartenders at the top of their game gather to award each other's greatness, swap ideas, and lay their most hated cocktails to rest. I'm sure a few of our local bartenders made the eight-hour drive in search of inspiration an epic hangover. Look for more exciting cocktail innovation upon their return.


Location Info

Bolsa

614 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


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6 comments
NewsDog
NewsDog

I would have no respect for a bartender that would drive eight hours staying sober when they could hop a 90 minute Southwest flight and party all the way.   

Beda
Beda

I had a mojito at Bolso a couple weeks ago and they put a cucumber slice in my glass.  It totally dominated the mojito; cucumber slices have no place in a mojito.

Steve
Steve

I fucking hate Bartender Flair.  Fucking arrogant loser bartenders using "old school" giant ass ice chips, in their fucking vests, exposed tatoos, and those FUCKING HATS.

Park my car, wash your hands, and pour me a drink, son.  Pay attention and you might end up on this side of the bar one day.

But a sprig of Basil in a Greyhound kicks ass.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

I don't like my nose tickled when I'm sippin on a cocktail.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

The herb trees do serve a purpose. You can smell them while you sip and that scent alters the perceived flavor of the drink. They also tickle your nose.  

LisaKL
LisaKL

At least the celery, etc. in a Blood Mary serve a purpose, as opposed to the herb trees.

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