<strong>Babalu&rsquo;s Pineapple Upside Down Cake cocktail is made with grenadine, club soda, lemon and lime juice, a dash of salt, muddled pineapples, Licor 43 and Grey Goose vanilla vodka</strong>. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Bar Talk: Babalu

'Tis the season for a festive drink, but that doesn't mean you have to whip up pumpkin in a latte. At Babalu, where seasonal cocktails rotate through the menu, they're riffing on a holiday cake this year.

Restaurant Iris bears a different bloom in new season

In April, Restaurant Iris turned 10 and in June, owner Kelly English shut it down for a complete re-do, the kind where walls get knocked down and menus tossed out. It was a gamble, a throw of the dice. Iris was beloved as it was and after my first visit, I wondered if the coin was going to land heads up.

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