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If any cocktail is capable of showing off whiskey’s refreshing side, it’s a mint julep.
Muddled fresh mint, smooth whiskey, crushed ice and a hint of sugar combine to create Mariscos’ frosty, serious-tasting yet easily sippable version. The mint julep — official drink of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby — is on Mariscos’ newly rolled-out signature cocktail menu, which emphasizes classic recipes using fresh ingredients and premium spirits.
The hard stuff: Templeton Rye, a small-batch whiskey distilled in Templeton, Iowa.
Where it’s served: Mariscos, 4821 W. Sixth St., Suite A
What it costs: $12
When it’s on special: Happy Hour — signature cocktails are $2 off from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.
Other libations at this location: The house-special Westsider (blood orange liqueur, Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, sparkling wine and peach schnapps), classic cocktails including the Aviation (gin, crème de violette, maraschino liqueur and lemon) and a handful of “Skinnys” — cocktails less than 100 calories. There’s also wine and a rotating selection of craft beers on tap.