The business of food…and cocktails in Austin has become just as serious as the music scene we have long been known for. The city has much more to offer than tasty tacos and a couple of Lonestars (although those will always have a reverent place in the Live Music Capital). We have assembled a guide to the most delicious and refreshing cocktails in the city. Look for our Austin Restaurant Guide of our team’s favorite picks on Monday. Cheers!

Scarlet Lantern (El Tesoro Anejo Tequila + Bitter Braulio Alpine Amaro + Strawberry + Black Fig Shrub + Malic Acid), Bar Congress

photo by jody horton


White Sangria, Nova

photo by kate lesueur


The Martini, Garage

photo by kate lesueur


The Tepache (Aged Pineapple + Spice + Lone Star), Qui
*recently named the official drink of austin. look for a how-to series on making the tasty concoction at home in bottoms up on wednesday.

photo by buff strickland

 


Herradura Double Barrel Reposado, La Condesa

photo by jody horton


Tarragon Lemonade, Lucy’s Fried Chicken

photo by john davidson


Socks + Sandals (House-blend Jamaican Rum mixed with Kronan Swedish Punsch + Ginger/Hibiscus Liqueur + Honey + Juices of a Grapefruit and a Lime), Bar Congress

photo by jody horton


Alma Blanca, Passionfruit + Mango Spiced Margarita, the El Cubico (pictured left to right), La Condesa

photo by jody horton


Autumn of ’75 (Gin + Cranberry-Pear Shrub + St. Germain Elderflower Liquer + Argus Sparkling Hard Cider), Drink.Well

photo by paige newton


The Monkey Gland (Absinthe + Grenadine + Plymouth Gin + Orange Juice), Bonneville

photo by chris perez

8 comments
  1. 1
    Molly {Dreams in HD} | March 7, 2014 at 7:16 am

    so many of these look fantastic, but the Avant-Gardener really caught my eye. anything with thyme in a champagne coupe is ok by me 🙂

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    Z | March 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Really like this list and the pics, but you repeated bars three times. Some other good ones I think: Midnight Cowboy – The Prizefighter (off-menu right now but can still be ordered); 2nd Bar – Gin + Jam (perfectly simple – Try the pear-cardamom jam right now)

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    • Lauren Smith Ford | March 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Laura | March 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Peche & Whistler are also great choices for original artisan cocktails in town!

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    Troy Williams | March 9, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I remember trying this cocktail Alma Blanca, Passionfruit + Mango Spiced Margarita, the El Cubico at La Condesa and it was PHENOMENAL!!! Great selection Camille and Happy SXSW!!!!

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  4. 4
    Majestical | March 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I love a great cocktail, and Austin is such a cool town. Thank you for sharing this!

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    London carpet cleaners | March 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

    All these cocktails look so tempting! Great collection!

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