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.
Meet your 2019 Official Drink of Austin
Peaches & Bees from Team Apis
The bar team from Apis won the spirited competition at the Official Drink of Austin event with the “Peaches & Bees,” featuring Treaty Oak Red Handed Bourbon, house-made Fredericksburg peach nectar, lemon, lime, & yuzu juice, Chateau d’Arton Creme de Peche, honey syrup, egg white, and a pickled peach garnish.
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz blend of fresh lime juice and yuzu juice (5:1 ratio)
½ oz honey syrup (Chelsea uses honey from Apis’ onsite beehives)
¼ oz D’Arton creme de peche
1 oz house made peach nectar
2 oz Treaty Oak Red Handed bourbon
1 egg white
Dry shake all ingredients to emulsify
Add ice and shake again
Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube
Garnish with a pickled peach slice
Thank You Competing Bar Teams
Thanks to the talented bar teams from Apis, Geraldines, Live Oak, Midnight Cowboy, P6, Rules & Regs and Suerte for shaking (and stirring) it up for a good cause benefitting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance Culinary Grant Program.
Thank You Judges
Thank You Chefs & 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
Thank You 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 beverage community.
Official Drink of Austin 2018 in the news!
- Eater Austin: Spicewood Restaurant Wins the Official Drink of Austin Competition
- Austin American-Statesman: Official Drink of Austin included in “It’s a weekend of ‘Cyrano,’ Oktoberfest, and more”
- CultureMap Austin: Official Drink of Austin included in “Here are the top 5 things to do in Austin this weekend”
- Austin Chronicle: Official Drink of Austin 2019 Menu Announced & Tickets Are On Sale
- KEYE “We Are Austin”: Cheers! Official Drink of Austin is on a mission to find the best cocktail in the city
- KXAN “Studio 512”: BOOZY EVENT ALERT: The Official Drink of Austin Cocktail Competition
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