Add cider to the list of libations to try this week. On Sunday, it will come in the form of mimosas and sangria for brunch. There are also two whiskey parties (one a happy hour and the other, a four-course dinner), an anniversary party, and a Chinese dinner paired with sparkling wine and cocktails. Reservations are limited for the latter, so snag a seat now.
Wednesday, January 23
Whiskey Wednesday at Whiskey Ranch
It’s not too often that Firestone & Robertson’s beautiful distillery grounds are open to the public for an evening happy hour. This one runs from 5-9 pm and includes live music by Big Mike and two whiskey cocktails for a $15 admission price. (Additional cocktails will be $7 each.) Rollin-Stone Food Truck will also be on site to sell sliders and tacos. Note that tickets must be purchased in advance. Arrive early for a cozy seat by the back porch fireplace.
Thursday, January 24
Fixe Fort Worth 1-Year Anniversary Happy Hour
It’s been one year since the Austin-based Southern eatery graced Fort Worth with those mouthwatering little blessings in the form of flaky, buttery biscuits. Now the folks at Fixe are throwing a party to celebrate. Visit from 5-7 pm and enjoy appetizers and an array of wines in the bar area. The cost is $25 per person, but guests can donate an item listed on Cook Children’s wish list to receive a $10 discount.
Balcones Whiskey Dinner at Troy’s
Named for Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, the spacious restaurant is tucked inside Texas Live! in Arlington. There’ll be live music, a four-course dinner paired with the Waco-based whiskey, and even whiskey-infused cigars to go ‘round. Menu highlights include peppercorn beef short ribs, tuna crudo, and olive oil cake with blood oranges. Cocktails range from whiskey with blood oranges and champagne to the Rye Tai made with lime juice and orange Curacao. Tickets are $85 per person (plus tax and a service fee) and dinner begins at 7 pm.
Saturday, January 26
Seasons of Indochine Pop-Up Dinner at Café Modern
This one’s for bubbly lovers. Champagne and sparkling wine cocktails will be served alongside a five-course Chinese-inspired menu from Hao Tran and Café Modern chef Denise Shavandy. There’ll be dumplings, duck larb, sweet and sour fried fish, roasted pork with rice vermicelli, and a pumpkin coconut custard brulee. The $80 price per person includes tax and gratuity. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm, and reservations are limited.
Sunday, January 27
Sunday Brunch at Locust Cider Texas
The brand new hard cider taproom, located on Fort Worth’s red hot South Main Street, is launching Sunday brunch this week. Go for cider mimosas and cider sangria, both served by the pitcher. Pop-up chefs Hao & Dixya will provide the grub — smoked pork bao, miso veggie dumplings, and shrimp shumai. Brunch will run from noon-3 pm.