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By Hillary Juster, NewsCastic

Tequila can be dangerous in the hands of a good bartender. “Bar Star” Stephen Halpin would definitely qualify as a risky bet with the Patron menu he’s crafted for June at NYLO’s rooftop SODA Bar. His cocktails taste smooth and refreshing, and he’s not very fussy about it, either.

Good Drinks Mean Trouble

The problem with a good drink is that it hits you after you’ve enjoyed it. If you like a smooth and refreshing cocktail, Halpin’s Cucumber Coconut Margarita could definitely spell trouble on the rocks.


Pretty With a Kick

Sure it’s hot outside, but up on the roof there’s a nice breeze. Why not add some bite to your beverage? If you prefer your summer sips with a touch of heat, try the Kicking Mule.

Spoiler Alert: There’s jalepeno in it.


No Flare Just Flavor

You won’t find a lot of flashy bartender techniques on this menu, just good solid flavors. We’re particularly excited to try The Recliner, a strong but sassy berry cocktail.


Express Yourself Cocktail

You might find that you Express Yourself a lot more after one or two of these exclusive cocktails that Stephen Halpin taught @RealDealDallas how to make. If she can do it, anyone can!


Make Mules With Stephen

We sent our special correspondent @RealDealDallas to learn the mysterious ways of craft cocktailing. Watch our fun, step-by-step how-to guide for mixing an off-the-menu, dangerously good Muddled Berry Patron Mule exclusively for CW33!


1 Strawberry, halved

2 Raspberries

2 Blackberries

1 oz Lemon Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup

Ice, as needed

2 oz Patron Silver

Ginger Beer to top off

Mint, spanked, to garnish

Directions: Add berries, lemon juice, and simple syrup to your shaker. Muddle, while having fun! Pour in Patron Silver. Add ice to fill shaker.

Shake, shake, shake. Strain and pour over ice. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with spanked mint. Enjoy!


Gizmos and Gadgets


What else is in Halpin’s bag of tricks? You’ll have to make it to one of NYLO’s locations during the month of June to find out for yourself!

NYLO plans to have a new “Bar Star” craft a menu every month this summer. Are you ready for a summer rooftop cocktails?