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.
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.
The Competing Bar Teams
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.