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
Early Bird $55  |  GA $65  |  Door $85  |  VIP $95 (Limited)


*Those with very limited VIP tickets will be treated to a unique cocktail class hosted by Desert Door Texas Sotol, featuring the trendy agave spirit. Two, half-hour classes will be offered, one at 6 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. providing VIP guests with a chance to learn the history of sotol while tasting four expressions from Desert Door’s portfolio, and experiencing hands-on cocktail making. Limited VIP tickets also include Desert Door swag to take home.

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The Competing Bar Teams

The Judges

Masahiro Urushido New York City, NY Co-Owner, Katana Kitten; Awards include: Tales of the Cocktail, “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; featured in The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, ChefsFeed, and Food & Wine; The Observers 55ppl in Night Life Power List

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 Winemaker & Sommelier; 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


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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