During our visit to Private|Social, only two days before their much anticipated grand opening, we got the honor and opportunity to meet the new mixologist, Rocko Milano. After finishing our 4 courses and chomping down on the decadent chocolate cake, our waiter asked if we wanted to try a cocktail. “Oh, yes!” was our answer as we awaited the return of our waiter like two kids in a candy store. We were not sure of what we would be presented with, but we knew it would be great! Shortly thereafter, placed on our table were two shot glasses, one filled with Rocko’s “Grand Marnier Dust” and the other seemed to be a shot rimmed with the same “dust”. We were told that the dust is a special concoction assembled by Rocko and the drink was called the “Margarita Interrupted”. When you think of a margarita, you don’t think of a shot. So, this was an interesting concept; a deconstructed margarita. He had our attention.
Urban Girl is all about the margarita, so her eyebrows quickly rose after hearing that! After one taste, we had to go and meet Rocko and find out what was in this amazing drink. A little side note on Rocko…before working for Private|Social as their beverage director (AKA “mixologist”), Rocko was a bartender at The Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek. Prior to landing in the city of Dallas, Rocko’s career had taken him from California, to the Jersey Shores, to Guatemala, and even to Oklahoma. So you are probably wondering, what are Rocko’s plans for Private|Social?…well, it all lies in the technique. Rocko will showcase his various techniques to re-create some of the nation’s best cocktails.
You can see an example of this in Rocko’s Margarita Interrupted (Grand Marnier Dust, Patron Reposado, Lime Caviar, and Muddled Strawberry) and what has become one of The Urban Swank Girls’ faves…Andy’s Punch (10 Cane Rum, Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, House Made Pomegranate Grenadine, Lime Juice, and Simply Syrup); so named after one of the owners (Andy Austin) of Private|Social. Rocko’s personality will be a great addition to what Private|Social is all about. He is both passionate about what he does and he knows his stuff! Rocko is one cool dude :-).
Now you can see where Rocko’s techniques come into play. Everything he creates must have balance and let’s not forget that everything he creates is “Too Damn Cool”! Muddling is a technique that releases the flavor and aroma into a cocktail. To muddle is to combine ingredients in the bottom of a glass using a muddler, a large stick designed for this particular purpose, and go to town.
Rocko clearly knows what his patrons want and has done a great job at taking his seemingly complex recipes, and turning them into something out of this world. Rocko blew us out of the park with his cocktails and we are sure he will do the same for you. So, make sure you drop by the bar at Private|Social or order a cocktail with your dinner. We are sure you will be happy with whatever choice you make! Rocko and his staff are a great group of guys and gals and we had a great time visiting with them. Until next time, remember, “It’s not just about the food; it’s about the experience…AND THE DRINKS!”
Urban Swank received a complimentary media tasting; opinions expressed are our own.