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Margaritas, tequila and bloody marys: Unusual drink flights take off

With all the amazing bars and restaurants in the area, it’s difficult to choose just one drink to enjoy while relaxing on a sunny patio. While most bars make you choose one drink, another option is a "flight" that lets you try multiple drinks at a time.

You may think of flights solely in terms of beer, but flights of margaritas, martinis and bloody marys, these unique flights will help add some variety to your summer cocktail bucket list.

Deep South Taco

1707 Hertel Ave., 6727 Transit Road and 291 Ellicott St.

Deep South Taco is known for its heaping mound of nachos with toppings not just on top, but on the bottom of the tray covering every chip with tasty ingredients. To pair with that, Deep South now offers a flight of margaritas ($23) consisting of classic lime, bright blueberry, sweet peach and strawberry to enjoy on its colorful patio.

[Photos: Smiles at Cinco de Mayo at Deep South 2019]

DOS. On The Lake

3800 Hoover Road, Blasdell

From the name alone you can tell you’re going to get plenty of patio room with a beautiful view in Hamburg. One thing you might not know is that DOS. On The Lake has a menu of delicious cocktails including a flight of four frozen margaritas ($18). Choose from six flavor options: prickly pear, peach, mango, strawberry, raspberry and classic lime. Tequila flights give guests the chance to try a few of the 20 available tequilas. 

New York Beer Project

6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport

New York Beer Project has more than delicious beer like the Walters Jelly Donut. It has amazing fire pit outside for the summer where you can enjoy your option of margarita or martini flights. The margarita flight includes classic, mango and pomegranate ($12); the martini flight has Hendrix gin, Grey Goose and a New York Beer Project Cosmo ($12).

[Photos: Smiles at NYBP Turns 3 | Smiles at Dueling Pianos at NYBP]

Barrel + Brine

155 Chandler St.

Barrel + Brine, located near the new Tappo/Thin Man and Blackbird Cider, created a flight using its house-made bloody mary mixes combined with Lockhouse vodka. The flight features Kimchi Mary (a Korean dish consisting of salty, fermented cabbage and spices) made with house kimchi brine; the Bloody Verde made with green acidic tomatillo mix; the Bloody Marie Lauveau is a NOLA-style bloody with Obay bitters; and the Classic is made with the New York deli dill pickle spiked original mix.

[Related: A look into Barrel + Brine's fermentation cafe in Chandlerville]

Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill

7800 Transit Road, East Amherst.

If you’re looking to brunch at Santora’s on Sundays, its flight of six – yes, six – 5-ounce bloody marys ($29) come with so many garnishes you’ll barely need food (although you’ll still want it). When you order a bloody mary flight during brunch, you can choose different spirits to start your drink from a selection of Jose Silver Tequila, Kettle One Vodka, Jameson, Beefeaters Gin, Jim Beam, Bacardi Rum, or any of Santora's draft beers to be blended with Santora’s bloody mary mix.

You’ll then get a build-your-own bloody platter consisting of much-needed ingredients including old bay, citrus fruits, meats, cheeses, hot peppers, hot sauce, pickles, Worcestershire sauce, filled olives and bourbon bacon.

[Related: Santora's plans location on NT waterfront | Santora's in Amherst is a draft beer haven]

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