Where to Drink Now: Trio

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Here in Jackson there are plenty of great places to find a good drink. Lately, our favorite new watering hole is actually an old favorite, Trio American Bistro. As they say, everything old is new again.

We all know Trio’s blood orange margarita (and we have all had our fair share, right?). Now, the restaurant has gone beyond that longtime staple and revamped its beverage program. From carefully crafted cocktails to hard to find beers and even nonalcoholic elixirs, Trio has rolled out a thoughtful drink program from the award winning bar staff at sister restaurant, Local.

“You are going to see the menu constantly morph and change,” said Paul Smith, who heads the beverage program. “We are going to keep trying new things to complement our atmosphere and our food.”

The Last Ramos, with Spruce gin, green chartreuse, cream, demerara simple syrup, lemon and lime

With this new focus and energy comes a full list of food friendly cocktails and beers. Prepare to find modern twists on classics, like their Last Ramos, a riff on a Ramos gin fizz. Almost half full of foam, this brightly acidic cocktail pairs well with the wood fired items on the restaurant’s menu. Or their Naked and Infamous (mezcal, Genepy des Alpes, Aperol, lime), a play on the mezcal drink by a similar name. Trio uses the hard to find alpine liquor Genepy des Alpes to add an herbal, slightly bitter note that works to stimulate your appetite before dinner or hold up to a big cut of steak for your meal.

The Prosecco Powder, with Silver tequila, St. Germain, grapefruit and sparkling wine

On the ever-changing beer list, Smith sources sips that will pair well with food, like a Wild Sage Brett Saison from Crooked Stave, which works with the herbal notes of Trio’s smoked chicken. He constantly looks for beers that aren’t often seen in Jackson, as well as sourcing small batch brews from local breweries like Snake River Brewing’s Earned It IPA. Looking to cut out alcohol or give kids a soda alternative? This summer, be on the lookout for new mocktails and shrubs.

If you can’t decide what you want to try, then stop in for happy hour from 5-6 p.m. daily at the bar, with $10 wood fired pizzas, a $15 Trio burger and half price cocktails.

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Also originally from the South, Cara Rank discovered cooking was a creative outlet that helped her relax after long days writing magazine and newspaper articles during the past eight years in Jackson. Really, she just missed Southern food. A lot. During a 12-year career as a journalist, Cara has won numerous awards for her work and has written about everything from rodeo queens to Dolly Parton tomatoes. She spends her weekends making jars of pickles and jam and amazing dinners for friends. She loves shishito peppers, Chicago-style hot dogs and elderflower-spiked cocktails.

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