Independents find cocktails are sweet way to end a meal


A rising number of restaurants are extending the range of their cocktail menus by adding drinks that serve as liquid desserts.

Colleen Kennelly, manager of Lola's in Seattle, finds that customers who might pass on a dessert are more than willing to order a drink as an after-dinner treat. The Tom Douglas-operated restaurant has extended its dessert menu with such drinks as the Espresso-Tini and the Lola "Buca," a riff on the after-dinner staple of a sambuca. 

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