Food & Drink

Where to Find the Stiffest Drinks in Town

Cocktails That Pack a Punch

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When you’re looking for quality — not quantity — the watered-down, bottom-shelf varieties just won’t do. Know what to order for a night to (hopefully) remember.

Jolt of Java
Coffee ranks high on your list of favorite things and cocktails are not far behind. JG Domestic’s Empire Builder, a stiff blend of Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon, Averna liqueur, and coffee bitters, unites your two loves.

Texas Twang
What makes Percy Street Barbecue’s Sazeroot so potent? As one bartender helpfully pointed out, it’s pure booze. Without a hint of ice or mixer, the absinthe-spiked concoction comes on fast and strong.

Old-School Charm
Searching for a genteel way to put hair on your chest? Any of the cocktails on Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.’s I Asked Her for Water She Brought Me Gasoline drink menu should do the trick. Try The 25th Hour (ain’t no way you’re gonna last that long) or the Jamaican rum-heavy Sprezzatura.

Sweet Relief
Varga Bar’s Miss May, a combination of watermelon puree and tequila, takes its name from a month marked by unpredictable weather — sunny one day, stormy the next. After too much of this lush, your behavior may follow suit.

Ay, Caramba
You could choose a predictable Patron from Xilantro’s tequila-lined shelves, but the Beso de Horchata, disguised with rice milk-infused rum and a dash of creme de cacao, will slyly knock you on your ass.

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