You know you want a drink made with care. But which to try? We break them down.
The sky's the limit for craft cocktails — and if made correctly, they should taste amazing. A fan of pickles? Try the Dill Collins at the Berry and Rye. Pumpkin your thing? Try the October Sky at the Boiler Room. If there's a certain flavor you're looking for, chances are that you can find a cocktail bar in Omaha making a drink with that flavor in it.
Craft beers offer a variety of tastes as well, though not as many as craft cocktails. Try a flavor that matches the season: Vanilla and maple are nice now, in the dead of winter. If you're a fan of chai tea, check out the Karha-T at Benson Brewery. But if all you want is a good hoppy flavor, try the Nebraska Brewing Company's Hop God.
It depends on the drink, of course, but the alcohol content is likely to be higher with craft cocktails than with a standard issue drink. A bar-infused vodka will have more alcohol than a store-bought flavored vodka. But on the other hand, because the cocktails are carefully balanced, you won't get so much booze that your drink tastes awful.
Again, it depends on the drink, but you usually get more buzz for your buck from a craft beer. If you typically drink an American light beer, you're getting 4.2 percent alcohol by volume. With craft beers, you'll likely start at 5 percent and go up from there. If you're looking for a lighter beer with higher alcohol content, try Infusion Brewery's Unclearly Wheat at 6 percent.
These drinks often come with their own tiny ice sculptures. What could be cooler than that?
You'll get served in an appropriate pint glass, and not a red Solo cup, so there's that.