If you’ve ever been to Austin then you know that this is one city that takes sipping and snacking very seriously! From Tastemaker titles to craft cocktail challenges, Austin is always challenging the many mixology masterminds and champions of cuisine to create something new and different.
And now, thanks to the new Eastside Summer Craft Delight DIY Cocktail Series, thirsty patrons all over Austin can try their hand at making some of the tastiest summer-inspired craft cocktails you’ve ever tried! And the best part – other than all the booze of course – is that you go home an apprentice mixologist with a few tasty original recipes up your sleeve that are sure to impress your next dinner guest!
Sponsored by Method Three Events, the DIY craft cocktail series at The Studio on east Cesar Chavez is an ongoing after-hours social event that provides a laid-back evening of light hors d’oeuvres from Bento, hands on cocktail tutorials from talented mixologists such as Huy -formerly at Moonfire – and refreshing drinks mixed with quality Southern Glazer’s spirits including Still Austin Whiskey, Tito’s Vodka and premier Santa Teresa Solera Rum straight from Venezuela.
The first class to kick off the summer long series took place on a warm Saturday evening in east Austin. It was intimate and comfortable, like dinner and drinks with friends, except everyone got to make their drinks with an Austin mixologist!
The featured drink offerings were a Still Austin Blueberry Splash – which is sweet and satisfying, the herbal Tito’s Summer Mary Melon infused with rosemary and fresh watermelon and the innovative 1796 Old Fashioned with rum instead of bourbon.
Each playful cocktail showcases a different liquor and is unique and delectable in its own way. And, luckily for us, all of them are easy enough to make at home! So you can practice being a mixologist at home!
1976 Old Fashioned
A delightfully different Venezuelan iteration of the all American classic cocktail, the 1976 has all the components of an old fashioned, but the rum gives this drink a summery flair. To make it, blend 1.5 oz of Santa Teresa rum, .5 oz of simple syrup, a couple dashes of Angostura bitter in a glass and add ice. Mix the ingredients for about 10-15 seconds then strain into a glass with cubed iced. To finish, rim the glass with a fresh orange peel twist and drop into the glass. The orange rim adds an aromatic finish to each sip of this citrusy concoction.
Pro tip: squeeze some of the orange peel zest into the drink before dropping it in.
Tito’s Summer Mary Melon
This vodka-based cocktail is fruity and refreshing, with hints of melon and rosemary. To make, add 1.5 oz Tito’s vodka, 1 oz rosemary infused simple syrup and 4 cubes of fresh watermelon in tall glass. Muddle for about 5-10 seconds or until all the fruit is blended. Add ice, cover with a shaker and shake vigorously. Then strain the mixture into a glass with ice and top with sprite or soda water. To garnish, add a cube of lemon and a rosemary sprig.
Pro tip: For more summery rosemary flavor, take a sprig of rosemary and peel half of it into the vodka/lemon mixture before shaking. To do this easily, hold the top of the sprig with your index finger and thumb over the glass, take your other index finger and thumb and gently squeeze the middle of the sprig and pull downward, separating it from the stem. Put the remaining sprig aside and use it to stab a cube of watermelon like a toothpick before placing in the finished cocktail as a garnish.
Still Austin Blueberry Splash
This whiskey infused warm weather cocktail is bursting with citrus, berry and mint flavors. To make, muddle a handful of fresh blueberries and 6 mint leaves in a tall glass. Add a splash of lemon and simple syrup to taste. Then add 2 oz Still Whiskey and some ice. Cover the mixture with a shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a fresh cup with ice and garnish with a few blueberries and a mint leaf.
Pro tip: Use fresh lemon juice instead of store bought for a more summery flair.
Sign up and get tickets for the next DIY Summer Cocktail Class here!