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Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 7 best frozen cocktail flights

Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 7 best frozen cocktail flights

Muy Frio frozen margarita flight
There are always nine frozen marg flavors ready to pour at Muy Frio. Photo courtesy of Muy Frio
Rio Mambo frozen margarita flight
Twenty years later, Rio Mambo is still a hot spot for frozen margaritas. Photo courtesy of Rio Mambo
America Gardens frozen cocktail flight
America Gardens' flight transports you to the tropics. Photo courtesy of America Gardens
Cartel Taco Bar frozen cocktail flight
Come for the tacos, stay for the frozen drinks at Cartel Taco Bar. Photo courtesy of Cartel Taco Bar
Crawlin' Crab frozen cocktail flight
Frozen drinks and spicy Cajun boil go hand-in-hand at Crawlin' Crab. Photo courtesy of Crawlin' Crab
Muy Frio frozen margarita flight
Rio Mambo frozen margarita flight
America Gardens frozen cocktail flight
Cartel Taco Bar frozen cocktail flight
Crawlin' Crab frozen cocktail flight

The August heat is on, and the time is right to sip something frozen — stat. But decisions, decisions…with so many summer-licious flavors showing up on menus — from spicy mangonada margaritas to boozy cherry limeades — it’s challenging to choose just one frosty concoction.

The solution is a frozen cocktail flight, a clever way for bars and restaurants to showcase their selections while the lucky imbiber gets to sample smaller versions of several drinks. They’re potently popular and social media superstars thanks to their array of colors and garnishes. For this month's Where to Drink column, we present seven of the best frozen flights around Fort Worth.

America Gardens
Get on island time without leaving America — Gardens, that is. The West 7th district bar (2833 Morton St.), popular for its 7,000-square-foot, tree-lined and string-lit patio, offers an array of frozen concoctions with tropical vibes. The Ocean Water is made with coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple, and cream of coconut; and the Peach Bellini is blended with organic mandarin vodka, bubbly brut, and peach puree. Create a colorful flight by adding the purple-hued Horned Frog, which is whirled with tequila, orange, and raspberry liqueurs and Abita purple haze beer, and the rum-infused Wild Berry Mojito. Flights are $18 for four.

Cartel Taco Bar
Located in the Urban Union complex in downtown Arlington (506 E. Division St.), about two miles from AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Field, Cartel Taco Bar is popular for its elaborate street tacos (think fried chicken with cilantro slaw and blue cheese crumbles), as well as its beverages. (The craft beer and tequila list runs deep.) Cool off with a flight of frozen cocktails, only $10 for four including frozen sangria, pina coladas, and margaritas like strawberry, prickly pear, and mango chamoy. Grab a seat under the string-lit covered patio, or sit inside for live acoustic music under the wall-mounted longhorn skull.

Crawlin’ Crab
Frozen drinks and spicy Cajun boil go hand-in-hand at this southwest Fort Worth restaurant (6080 S. Hulen St.), which specializes in Louisiana comfort food like crawfish, gumbo, and fried seafood baskets. There are several choices for the frozen flight of four ($12.99), from the Blue Hawaiian made with rum and coconut milk to the Beer-Rita served with a little bottle of Coronita. Pair a flight with some crab legs and find all of the Bayou vibes.

Mesero
The colorfully outfitted Clearfork Tex-Mex destination (4955 Gage Avenue) is a go-to for frozen margs with neatly salted rims. Try three with a flight ($16, or $14 during happy hour) and choose from The Original; El Santo whirled with sangria; The Brandon with mango and strawberry puree; the Berry Street with house-made blueberry liqueur; or the Frozé blended with rosé and vodka. Multiple trips might be required.

Muy Frio
Sip-and-stay or grab-and-go at this this frozen margarita and daiquiri shop (3616 W. Vickery Blvd.), where there are always nine flavors ready to pour. Favorites range from the El Clasico margarita and Mangolicious, to Pina Colada and blue Coco Loco. Create your own flight with a four-pack of 8-ounce Shorty’s for $15, which are typically $4 each. Sizes run all the way up to a half-gallon for $22. A colorful interior filled with artwork by local artists (all available for purchase) attracts many customers to enjoy their frosty beverages on-site; as do Muy Frio’s tamales, chips and salsa. Note that an attached event room may be reserved for private parties.

Rio Mambo
With two patios, two full bars, and 9,000 square feet, the Tex-Mex destination will mark 20 years of its flagship Cityview location (6125 SW Loop 820) on September 11. Standout frozen flight possibilities here include the jalapeño melon margarita; the Loco-Rita served with a Dos XX or Corona topper; the Mambellini blended with rum, peach puree, and bubbly; and the Attitude Adjustment whirled with mango, sangria, and topped with a Herradura Gold floater. Flights are $12.99 for four.

The Social House
The Crockett Row restaurant and bar, with its popular street corner patio and breezy open window interior, lets patrons choose margaritas and more for its frosty flights. Selections range from the swirl margarita and spicy mangonada, made with jalapeño tequila and mango puree, to the wild berry mojito and vodka-infused cherry limeade. Choose four for $18 or six for $28 to share with a friend.