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Everything You Need to Stock Your Bar

Of course we included a margarita recipe.

The Bar Checklist

Uptown’s Bowen House is known for its custom concoctions, so who better to recommend your bar supplies? General manager Joe Shirghio and assistant manager Daniel Alqassen walk us through their classic picks to have on hand so you’re ready for any request. “You can cover most of the classics and a variety of flavor preferences,” Shirghio says.

Legit Libations

☐ Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
☐ Ketel One Vodka
☐ Russell’s Reserve 6-year-old Rye
☐ Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
☐ Fernet-Branca
☐ Luxardo Amaro Abano
☐ Cointreau
☐ Pierre Ferrand
☐ 1840 Cognac
☐ Benedictine
☐ Smith & Cross Rum
☐ Mezcal Alipús
☐ Santa Ana del Rio
☐ Siembra Valles Reposado Tequila
☐ Espolòn Blanco Tequila
☐ Glenlivet 12-year-old Scotch
☐ Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Dry
☐ Carpano Antica Vermouth

Mix it Up

☐ Angostura
☐ Bitters
☐ Peychaud’s Bitters
☐ Regans’
☐ Orange Bitters
☐ Lemons and limes (or lemon and lime juice)
☐ Simple syrup (homemade or store bought)
☐ Oranges (for garnish)

Tools of the Trade

☐ Mixing glass
☐ Stir spoons
☐ Shaker tin
☐ Hawthorne strainer
☐ Fine strainer

The Dallas Drink: Mariano’s Papa’s Margarita

Visit Mariano’s Hacienda to taste the frozen margarita that started it all. Or, make their on-the-rocks version at home.

2 ounces of Herradura Silver 100% agave tequila
¾ ounce of Cointreau
2 ounce of lime juice
2 wedges of limes (cut into 4 small pieces)
3 teaspoons of simple
syrup or agave nectar or ½ ounce of sugar (adjust to taste depending on tartness of lime)

Step 1: Rim a 10-ounce rocks or old-fashioned glass with a lime wedge and dip in salt.

Step 2: Muddle lime wedges with simple syrup. Add tequila, Cointreau, and 2 ounces of lime juice. Fill glass with crushed ice. The secret is in the muddling, because it releases the oil in the lime rind.

Rosé Sips for Under $20 for Your Next Soirée

Catherine Downes

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2016rnThis balanced South African wine is rich and juicy with undertones of ripe strawberries and luscious watermelon. $11

Catherine Downes

Domaine des Baumard Rosé Crémant de LoirernThis supple and crisp wine is bottled young with no oak aging, making it very refreshing and light on the palate. $14

Catherine Downes

Château Saint-Pierre 2016 Tradition RosérnBright and clean with a surprisingly sweet finish that conjures exotic fruits; pair this one with a lush salad for a refreshing meal. $17

Catherine Downes

Jolie Folle RosérnCrisp and aromatic with berry notes and a juicy, peach finish makes this selection ideal for warm, summer days. $18


Tray Magnifique!

We sent out an undercover tester to find local charcuterie and cheese spreads that would please even the most cultured caseophile. Hands down, the winner was Oak Lawn’s own Scardello. Serving 14 to 20, this board includes Molinari Finchio pork from San Francisco, Italian prosciutto pistachio pâté from Olympia Provisions in Oregon, and five different artisanal cheeses. Dried fruit and baguette slices round out the arrangement. Place orders at least 48 hours in advance. $100 before tax.