Since opening in the summer of 2011, the Bokeh Lounge in Downtown’s Arts District has served cocktail concoctions sans hard liquor. But its owners, Mike Millard and Dustin Barrows, are no rookies at creating unique mixes with high alcohol content. When the humidity and heat are unbearable this summer, we suggest heading to this craft beer and wine lounge for a Bokeh Breeze.
Designed after the New Orleans’ signature hurricane cocktail, the drink arrives on the rocks in a tall wine glass, garnished with an orange slice and paper umbrella — think of sangria with a citrus fizz. Although it’s customizable, the main contents — Oliver Beanblossom hard apple cider, Mike’s Harder Blackberry Lemonade, and a splash of Italian sweet dessert red wine — are perfectly blended to create a red-infused, sugary-sweet finish. Bartender Corey Christy says that although the drink is more popular with their female customers, this fruity blend shouldn’t be taken lightly; it boasts an 8 percent alcohol content — equivalent to two Budweisers — and goes down so smooth that the buzz often arrives before the last sip.
Location: 1007 Parrett St. • Phone: 812-909-0388 • Open Seven Days a Week: 5 p.m. -2 a.m. Monday-Saturday; 2-8 p.m. Sunday. • Website: www.facebook.com/bokehlounge