Raise a Glass: Best of Cocktails

Whether it’s happy hour, pre-dinner cocktails or simply an excuse to grab drinks, nothing beats a delicious cocktail at your favorite bar.

Luckily, Jackson is not lacking on the cocktail scene, and each spot has its own specialty to offer.

Baba-rita

Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Known for their tableside guacamole and small plates, Babalu (622 Duling Avenue) is a hot-spot for birthday dinners, workday lunches, dates and everything in between.

Of course, no trip to Babalu is complete without one of their signature cocktails, hand-shaken with house-made mixers and juices are fresh-squeezed every day.

That includes their Baba-Rita. The pink drink is made with Patron Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, sour, agave nectar and pomegranate juice – the perfect mixture to make a delicious margarita.

Make your way to Babalu on a Monday for Margarita Mondays. Check out the rest of their cocktails and margaritas here: eatbabalu.com/menus/#cocktails

Woodland Club

Gold Coast Bar – Cultivation Food Hall
Mississippi’s first food hall, located in the District at Eastover (1200 Eastover Drive), has something for everyone, whether it’s pizza, sandwiches, coffee and even hotdogs.

Along with all the food vendors is Gold Coast Bar serving up craft and seasonal cocktails to sip on in the modern and fun food hall atmosphere.

Made with Mississippi-made Cathead Vodka, the Woodland Club includes vodka, ginger syrup, white grape and lemon and is topped with champagne. The drink is perfect any time of the year with its refreshing lemon flavor, but especially during this Indian summer. facebook.com/cultivationjxn/

Watermelon Cooler

Barrelhouse
Located in the heart of Fondren (3009 N. State Street), Barrelhouse is serving up delicious small plates like meatballs and tuna poke nachos, along with blue plates, sandwiches, and other fun bites.

Their drink menu is just as tasty as their food menu, especially when it comes to craft cocktails like their Watermelon Cooler.

Made with watermelon infused Tito’s vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, mint, muddled watermelon and ginger ale, it’s a refreshing and tasty drink to sip on during a hot Mississippi day. barrelhousems.com/menus/Barrelhouse_Drink.pdf

Port ‘O Kirk

BRAVO! Italian Restaurant
A Jackson staple, BRAVO! Italian Restaurant (4500 I55 N, Suite 244, Highland Village) is not only serving delicious Italian classics, seafood, and lunch and brunch bites, but their selection of libations is just as delicious and extensive.

Though BRAVO’s wine selection was recently recognized in Wine Spectator, their cocktails are just as appealing as their wine list.

BRAVO’s Port O’Kirk, a seasonal cocktail, is made of Tawyn Port wine and Kirk & Sweeny ’18 to create a delicate balance of smoky vanilla rum and dried, sweetened cherries.

Enjoy this drink and others before or during your dinner at BRAVO! or stop by for restaurant’s Social Hour from 8 p.m. to close every night. bravobuzz.com/libations/

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Paige McKay

eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI is a food magazine dedicated to sharing Mississippi's passion for food with the world. From local chefs making their culinary mark to the many great restaurants this state has to offer, Mississippi's hospitality shines through in the pages of this magazine. It is our desire to preserve our culinary heritage and inspire today's cooks with a new passion for cooking and eating. All opinions expressed in this post are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of Sipp Jackson.

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