The Summer Drinks of Dallas (Photos)

Photos by Catherine Downes
Summertime in Dallas is a scorcher, and sometimes there's no better way to escape the heat than by sipping on an ice cold cocktail. We set out to find some of the best summertime drinks in Dallas and asked bartenders from around town to create some of their favorite seasonal libations. Here is what they came up with. Feel free to share your favorite summer drink in the comment section, and check out the full slideshow here.

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Chilled Melon Balls (per glass):
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce watermelon
1/2 ounce honeydew
1/2 oz cantaloupe

Made in a batch, so that the melon balls can soak up the liquor

"It's one of those cocktails/appetizers that gets people talking and kind of brings everybody together." -- Kyle Hilla, Bolsa



Indecent Proposal:
1 1/2 ounces Ford's gin
1/2 ounce Aperol
Dash of Orchard Apricot
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Three dashes of bitters

"I like this drink because it's light and refreshing. ... It turns people on to gin. It's a threshold beverage." -- Scott Melton, The Standard Pour



Ti Punch:
2 ounces Rhum JM Blanc
Two bar spoons of JM Sirop
Three lime coins
Stir with ice and serve

"This is what I drink at the house." -- Michael Martense, Smyth



Ten Gallon:
1 1/2 ounces Genever
Muddled Texas peaches
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce apricot liqueur
Served with a strawberry, peach and mint garnish

"I wanted to showcase Texas' bounty. We were holding up [on this drink] until the peaches were ripe." -- Emily Perkins, Victor Tangos

Location Info


614 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Standard Pour

2900 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


4513 Travis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Victor Tango's

3001 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Windmill Lounge

5320 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


2723 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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