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The AM Old-Fashioned at Grayson Social. (Courtesy Grayson Social)

The Best Prohibition-Era Cocktails in Dallas

By rita cook on 04/17/17
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If the Great Gatsby were here, you have to wonder which Prohibition cocktail he would prefer in the Big D. And just where he would choose to partake of it? Here are seven of our local haunts serving up some of the most authentic Prohibition-era drinks you will find around town. Even better, we added a Fort Worth favorite as a bonus.


The Cedars Social

The Cedars Social

The Cedars Social is Dallas’ first craft-cocktail den. The speakeasy-ish haven specializes in Prohibition-era beverages with a twist of the modern. Start with the Bee’s Knees, a cocktail first crafted in 1874. The Bee’s Knees blends honey, lemon and orange juice to offset the bitter bathtub gin typical of the ’20s. While no one is sure of the origin of this little ditty, it was a Prohibition staple. The Pimm’s Cup is another must. Born much earlier than the Bee’s Knees, the Pimm’s Cup first came to be in 1823. It is composed simply of Pimm’s, simple syrup and lemon juice. Finally, the Aviation is a Prohibition-era staple served with lemon juice and maraschino liqueur added to gin. 1326 S. Lamar St., 214.928.7700 


Oak

Oak

The Apheleia Restaurant Group’s lead mixologist, James Slater, has been in the industry for the past 15 years. Though his job is to create innovative recipes, some of his favorite cocktails are the original classics of the Prohibition era. At Oak, Slater stays true to the iconic recipes of the 1920s by keeping it simple. His favorites include the French 75, and he suggests it to the fickle few unsure of what to order. The French 75 is always a winner, since it is bright, crisp and great to drink all-year-round. Slater’s rendition is served simple—shaken, ice-cold, poured in a flute with a simple twist of lemon zest. 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.712.9700


NOLA Brasserie

NOLA Brasserie in downtown Dallas offers a Sazerac that is pure New Orleans. The Sazerac is always a drink that comes to mind when thinking of the Prohibition era. Where better to drink this popular Prohibition cocktail than in a New Orleans-style locale reminiscent of the place this drink was born? 1201 Main St., 469.872.1820


Grayson Social

Grayson Social

Grayson Social has more than a few Prohibition cocktails on the drink menu. From the AM Old-Fashioned with bacon bourbon, maple syrup, orange and orange bitters to the Lavender Julep with Woodford Reserve, lavender and peppermint essence, the Prohibition vibe is alive and well. Grayson Social also serves a Vanilla Old-Fashioned with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, orange bitters, vanilla beans and housemade vanilla syrup. Still can’t decide? The much-loved Aviation with Botanist Gin, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Crème de Violette and fresh lemon juice is also a crowd favorite. 1555 Elm St., 972.232.1728


Stonedeck Pizza Pub

Stonedeck Pizza Pub

Stonedeck Pizza Pub in Deep Ellum has house-infused moonshine, a genuine American spirit that has Prohibition written all over it. Co-owner David Haynes created the inventive moonshine flavors by infusing it himself. Some customer-favorite flavors include pumpkin spice, country peach, Dreamsicle, blueberry pancake and lemon ginger. For customers who want to try several flavors at one time, the moonshine is available in flights. Haynes also incorporates moonshine into many of his additional cocktails, including the Habanero Razzberry Sour with habanero moonshine, ​raspberry syrup and housemade sweet and sour topped off with sour ale and a fresh jalapeño slice. 2613 Elm St., 469.802.6742


Stirr

Stirr

For a Bee’s Knees or Old-Fashioned, try Stirr for just the right blend. The Bee’s Knees is made with Fords Gin, honey syrup and lemon juice. The Old-Fashioned at Stirr is officially called Babe’s Old Fashioned, and it puts a unique spin on the Prohibition classic. In Stirr’s version, you get bacon-fat-infused Rittenhouse Rye, chocolate liqueur, ango bitters, orange bitters and a sugar cube. 2803 Main St., #110, 214.983.1222


Ivy Kitchen

Ivy Kitchen

The Bootstrap Manhattan, made with TX Blended Whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and a Luxardo cherry and served in a maple-smoked glass, is all the rage at Ivy Kitchen. A crème brulee torch is used on a maple plank for a few seconds, allowing it to smoke. A highball coated with Texas whiskey is then turned upside down over the smoldering maple plank. The maple smoke clings to the whiskey-coated glass, and you have the perfect Manhattan. As Justyn Blevins, Ivy’s bar manager, says, “The Prohibition era has played an integral role in the way we drink, as many of the most classic, iconic drinks we still serve were invented during this time. With the Bootstrap Manhattan, we wanted to pay homage to the classic cocktail, but do so in a unique way. The smoky flavor gives it a unique characteristic that you can’t find elsewhere in town.” 5411 Belt Line Road, 214.306.7444


Bird Café

Bonus: Fort Worth's Bird Café

Bird Café offers an Aviation variation made into an egg-white cocktail. Another favorite at Bird Café is the Clothesline, which is a spinoff of the classic cocktail the Godfather. You can’t leave without trying the Pimm’s Cup, another Prohibition cocktail that allows bartenders the chance to be creative. At Bird Café, the drink begins with just citrus and carbonation, but a variety of flavors are also added, such as cucumber and apple. 155 E. Fourth and Commerce, 817.332.2473