Recently I was asked to go to a Mixology party at Pepper Smash out in the Shops at Legacy, and since I discriminate against no food nor drink I was all over it. Pepper Smash, a cocktail kitchen, for those of you who don’t know are all about the art of the drink. They believe in making their syrups from scratch, along with most of their food items. It’s all about quality and putting a twist on the classics.
Since our event was going to consist mainly of drinking… (PSA: Drink Responsibly)
… there were some appetizers ordered for the table.
Crispy Potato Fritters – with garlic, Parmesan, and spicy chili aioli
Pimento Cheese – topped with bacon jam, pickled shishito peppers and served with grilled sourdough
Both were delicious and I would eat either again, but, if I have to choose, it’s the crispy potato fritters for me. You just can’t go wrong with deep fried potato. But bacon jam and pimento cheese is no sad second choice, my table took that dish down.
But we weren’t here for the food, we were here for the drinks. Over the course of the evening, they wanted us to taste 5 different cocktails.
Galactus – Acai berry liqueur, New Amsterdam Gin, Deep Eddy Vodka, Triple Sec, Bacardi, lime juice, lemon juice.
This drink, LEGALLY, has to be served to at least 2 people or more. Legally, you can’t order this if you are alone. Legitimately speaking you get at least 4 drinks out of one order. Fun note, drop the sugar cube in the beaker and enjoy feeling like a mad scientist while you watch the drink fizz up.
Ramos Gin Fizz – Fords gin, Orange Blossom Water, Egg White, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda water, and a splash of heavy cream.
Or as our host liked to call it, Jizz Fizz. It’s a tongue twister I refused to let him live down, especially since the drink is white with a “thick foam” on top. All jokes aside, I was shocked by how much I loved this drink. It’s super light so you can easily have more than one. Also, I’m not a huge fan of gin but you can’t even taste the gin in this. It’s a perfect brunch drink.
Singria – Chateau Ste Michelle, Tepache, Pamplemousse, pineapple juice, orange juice.
That’s not a typo, it’s sinfully good. It’s a lighter sangria, staring those citrus fruit.
Deep Deep Something – Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, lemonade, Deep Ellum IPA.
Funny story, I saw this on the menu and wanted to order it but promptly forgot the name. So, when the waiter came over and asked if I wanted anything I said, “Yeah. The Deep Eddy something drink.” If I only knew how close I was to the real name. I thought I was going to love this drink because I love Deep Eddy’s and lemonade, but I hate beer, and IPA is strong. If you are a beer drinking this is the cocktail for you.
Bellini – Peach puree, lime juice, Wycliff, Cruzan White Rum.
First off, this drink is mixed with nitrogen. NITROGEN! It’s like Richard Blais is making your drink right there in the bar. Secondly, rum, which is always a welcomed spirit in my book. Get this with your girls, or boys, and watch the magic unfold.
At the end of the evening I have to say, I walked away with a new perspective on cocktails. Especially when I ordered the Cotton Candy Martini. That poor bartender had to start up that cotton candy machine and whip me up a batch for one drink. #worthit
If you want a fun night out with your friends with some very tasty and Instagramable beverages I strongly suggest Pepper Smash. Why not make of night of it and grab some eats too. Really want to keep it going? Check out brunch.