Official Drink of Austin

Thursday September 12, 2019 7 - 10 PM
Fairmont Austin Hotel

The Official Drink of Austin is the city’s premier craft cocktail event, raising funds for culinary grants while challenging the best local bar teams to a friendly competition to create the essential Austin cocktail.

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Official Drink of Austin

Thursday, September 12, 2019  |  7-10pm
*VIP starts at 6pm with a cocktail class with Desert Door Texas Sotol
Fairmont Hotel  |  101 Red River  |  Austin, TX 78701
General Admission $65  |  Door $85 | 21+ only
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Bartending teams from some of Austin’s top bars square-off in a spirited competition, each submitting a crafty cocktail with the hopes of being deemed the “Official Drink of Austin.” Plus amazing food, of course.

The Competing Bar Teams

The Judges

Masahiro Urushido New York City, NY Co-Owner, Katana Kitten; Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award winner for “Best American Cocktail Bar” in 2019, “Best American Restaurant Bar” in 2016 and “World’s Best Restaurant Bar” in 2013; StarChefs’ “New York City Rising Stars”; Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers” in 2017; Winner of the 2014 Chivas Masters

Ashtin Berry New Orleans, LA Co-Founder, Radical Xchange; 2019 Imbibe Bartender of the Year; 2019 Wine Enthusiast’s “40 under 40”; The Observer’s “55 Most Influential People in Night Life” Power List; featured in The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, ChefsFeed, and Food & Wine

Emma Janzen Chicago, IL Digital Content Editor for Imbibe Magazine; author of Mezcal: The History, Craft and Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit; published in Bon Appetit, PUNCH, Food Republic, Serious Eats, and more

Rae Wilson Austin, TX Owner/Winemaker, Dandy Rosé; Founder, Wine for the People; Co-Founder, The Grower Project; Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust; Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers

Ryan Foster Austin, TX Led Juniper to victory at last year’s Official Drink of Austin with his drink, the “Town Lake Yacht Club”; 12 years bartending at Parkside Projects, Clark’s Oyster Bar, The Cavalier, Juniper, and most recently with the Ramen Tatsu-ya Group

Enjoy Bites from Austin's Best Restaurants

Chef Scott Fogle of Alice’s Restaurant at Treaty Oak Distilling — Brisket Tostada
Chef MacKenzie Viglianco of District Kitchen + Cocktails — Duck Prosciutto, Black Pepper Tuile, Melon, Honey & Herbs
Chef Angie Lime of Fulton — Chicken Liver Tartine with Peanuts, Green Apple, Thai Herbs & Fish Sauce Caramel
Chef Yolanda Diaz of Geraldine’s — Malted Chocolate Mousse Shooter
Chef Ian Thurwachter & Chocolatier Krystal Craig of Intero — Wagyu Beef Parker House Roll & Dark Chocolate-Salted Popcorn
Chef Matthew Goodrick of Nightcap — Farro Tabouli with Cucumber, Mint, Onion & Lemon
Chef Max Snyder of Pitchfork Pretty — Grilled Beef Tongue
Chef Janelle Reynolds of Rosedale Kitchen and Bar — Jalapeño Pimento Cheese Crostini with Pickled Vegetables
Tom Rosen of Rosen’s Bagel Co. — Pizza Bagels

Featured Spirits & Mixers

Thank You To Our Sponsors


How we select The Official Drink of Austin

We send out a call to compete to the best local bars in Austin – and like bartending itself, the contest is a team event. Each participating bar team creates a drink utilizing spirits and flavor combinations best suited to be crowned the Official Drink of Austin. From all entries, six finalist bars are selected to compete live at the main event, where they set up bars that represent their establishments. Cocktails are judged in two preliminary rounds by a judging panel of all-star members of the beveraage community.

The 2018 Official Drink of Austin Winner: Town Lake Yacht Club, Juniper

Last year’s champion cocktail featured Cynar 70, Italicus Rosolio and Waterloo Gin suffused with strawberry preserves, splashes of lemon and lime and an orange slice garnish. The cocktail and winning team were publically lauded via a billboard near downtown Austin, made possible through our partnership with Reagan Advertising.

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