Dallas has its status-symbols cars, memberships at Equinox, and, of course, wildly expensive cocktails. Each of these eight sips is just begging to be ordered and ‘grammed. But only if your bank account can take it.
Keeping Up with the Jerry Joneses: Gran Patron Platinum, Grand Marnier Centerario, fresh squeezed lime juice, raw agave.
Where: Jalisco Norte
This glorified, and glorious, margarita, is worth sipping. Seriously.
Oliver’s Dream: Beluga vodka, blanc vermouth, served with caviar, sea beans, lemon pearls, and Picholine olives.
Where: The French Room
Martinis, though basic in recipe, usually have a caché all of their own. Like a Bloody Mary, a lot of what makes this drink remarkable is what comes with it. This opulent “garnish” is practically a meal. And a fancy meal at that.
The Crocus: Nolet’s Reserve Gin, smoked dried saffron, saffron oil.
Where: Tipsy Alchemist
This cocktail is the most straightforward and spirit-forward on the list. And, seeing as the gin used in this drink is one of the most expensive on the market, ringing in at $28 an ounce, Tipsy Alchemist wanted to simply make this cocktail all about the gin. Since Nolet’s Reserve is distilled from the Crocus Flower, which is the flower from which Saffron comes, they simply brought out the saffron notes in the spirit. Oh, and you won’t find a garnish on this cocktail.
Copper Flamingo Punch: Absolut Elyx Vodka, Tio Pepe Fino Sherry, Batavia Arrack, Yuzu, pineapple juice, Angostura, ginger beer, mint, orchids (serves 4-6 people)
Where: The Standard Pour
You’re not going to spend $150 on a cocktail without plenty of witnesses, so grab your five closest friends and order the most majestic of the cocktails on this list, the Copper Flamingo Punch from The Standard Pour. It’s said that flamingos change colors depending on their diet, and this one’s filled with a generous amount of Absolut Elyx that’s crafted in copper, which explains the color.
The Golden Dawn: Gran Patrón Burdeos tequila, French aperitif, blood orange liqueur, absinthe, gold flakes
Where: Network Bar
Looking for hydration that’s not just expensive, but also requires you to pay membership to have the privilege to even order it? Then Network Bar’s most luxe cocktail, The Golden Dawn, is going to be your cup of
tea tequila. Made with Gran Patrón Burdeos tequila, a French aperitif, blood orange liqueur, and absinthe and then literally gilded with gold flake, it’s a cocktail that’ll show off your net worth.
House of MacGregor: Ford’s Gin, ginger-thyme maraschino, lemon, Aperol, rio star grapefruit, Byrrh quinquina, $200 gift card to The House of MacGregor (custom hats)
Sometimes you just require some specific things like an Old Fashioned in your hands and a and custom hat on your head. No shame in this. Luckily, Parliament can take care of two of these in one cocktail order. Ordering The House of MacGregor gets more than just a cocktail in front of you, but also a $200 gift card in your pocket to have a custom hat made.
The Buried Treasure: Pyrat Rum, coconut, pineapple, lemon, Orgeat, Velvet Falernum, house-made secret cordial, Moët & Chandon Impérial or Dom Pérignon (serves 6-8 people)
The days of bottle service are over; large format cocktails now reign supreme. Pilikia (whose name literally translates to “trouble”), offers many drink “packages,” but none as over-the-top as their smoking treasure chest filled with bougie and boozy concoction.