When Tommy and Tammy Brown opened their hip retail shop on West Magnolia Avenue last fall, many visitors entered under the impression that 44Bootlegger was a bar. The husband-and-wife duo ultimately decided to revamp their concept into just that: a comfy beer and wine bar and lounge featuring an ever-evolving list of 44 wines and 44 beers, with several sold by the glass and on tap. The venue has been popular for on-site picnics from nearby restaurants like Nonna Tata and Benito’s Mexican Cuisine. Ask about the off-menu, wine-based cocktails, like the Blackberry Mojito. Bartender Matt Duran says the refreshing drink is a play on a popular Argentinean cocktail made with sweet sparkling wine on the rocks with a squeeze of lime. “It’s all over Buenos Aires. You see it at the nightclubs,” Duran says. The cocktail is as thirst-quenching as it is pretty — the perfect concoction for cooling off during the hot and hazy days of August.
44Bootlegger Blackberry Mojito
• 4 to 5 mint leaves
• 3 blackberries
• Squeeze of lime wedge
• 8 ounces Siete Fincas Sparkling
Torrontes or Argentinean sparkling wine
• 1/2 ounce mint-infused simple syrup
• Blackberry, mint leaf and lime wedge
Muddle mint leaves, blackberries and squeeze of lime wedge in a glass. Add sparkling wine and simple syrup and stir. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a blackberry, mint leaf and lime wedge.
— 1411 Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, 817-887-9089, www.44bootlegger.com