TAG introduces its new bar staff and summer cocktails

Mike Henderson may have jumped ship for other projects, but the cocktail show at TAG must go on. TAG tender Brian Melton will take over lead mixology duties, while floor manager Travis Plakke will take care of the behind-the-scenes details.

And in TAG's dark basement lounge on Tuesday night, the recently re-formed bar staff rolled out its lineup of summer cocktails to a crowd of party-goers, gleaning feedback on favorite patio sippers, and showing enthusiasts that even post-Henderson, the beverage program at the restaurant packs a punch.

The new beverages preserve the theme of the old, playing on the same brand of fusion that chef Troy Guard employs in his food. Our favorites included a spicy and tart Thai-ginger margarita flanked with peppery seasoning instead of salt on the glass rim and the "To Your Health," a blend of gin, blackberry, raspberry, and Kombucha tea.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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