Dulce Vida Organic Tequila |
11310 W. Hwy 290, Austin • 512-697-4000
Launched in 2009, Dulce Vida tequila is Austin’s first local
tequila. While it’s not made here (tequila must be made in
Mexico to be called tequila), its operations are based here. Dulce
Vida is 100-proof, 100% organic, made only from the distilled
juice of organic agave plants from Mexico. As proof of its perfection, Dulce Vida’s tequila has been winning awards since it was
launched. Recently, the Dulce Vida Blanco won the Blanco Gold
in 2012’s “Fifty Best” category. All Dulce Vida tequilas (except
for the blanco), which include the anejo and reposado, are aged
in American whiskey barrels from Maker’s Mark or Jim Beam.
Paula’s Texas Spirits (Texacello) |
5214 Burleson Rd., Austin • 512-693-4332
Founded in 2003, Paula’s Texas Spirits is known for its Paula’s
Texas Orange and Paula’s Texas Lemon liqueurs. These are
great for cocktails and margaritas that need light, fresh, or zesty
flavors. Both liqueurs were inspired by Italy’s limoncello, but
with a Texas twist. Paula lists several cocktail recipes on her
website for those looking for the classics or a bit of adventure.
Pepe Zeveda Z Tequila International |
Austin • 855-983-7845
Pepe Zeveda says, “Our award winning 100% pure Agave tequilas are
among the best in the world and they only taste like you can’t afford
them.” Z Tequila comes in three types: Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo.
The Blanco certainly showed it was one of the best in the world,
winning the Double-Gold medal in the 2012 San Francisco World
Spirits Competition. Z Tequila has events and news constantly updated
on their website so give them a try and see if you become a devotee.
Republic Tequila |
www.republictequila.com | Austin
Republic Tequila is known for its ultra-premium, blue agave
tequila, which is organic and hand crafted. The agave that
Republic uses is estate-grown blue agave from the town of
Arenal, Jalisco, Mexico, and is carefully cultivated and allowed
to mature for 8 to 10 years. A careful harvest, aging process,
and attention to detail have resulted in award-winning tequilas.
The Plata, Reposado, and Anejo won double-gold, silver, and
bronze medals in 2014 – respectively. Check their website for
retailers that sell Republic’s tequila.
Rebecca Creek Distillery |
26605 Bulverde Rd., Ste B, San Antonio • 830-714-4581
Rebecca Creek distillery creates three distinctive spirits: Enchanted
Rock Vodka (Peach and Ultra-Premium) and Rebecca Creek Fine
Texas Spirit Whiskey. Using water from the Trinity Aquifer, the
vodka boasts an artisan production with a smooth finish inspired
by its iconic Texas hill Country namesake. The Whiskey is distilled
in San Antonio in a traditional copper pot and aged in a charred
oak barrel. Free tours are available every Saturday from 12-5pm.
Spirit of Texas Independent Distillery |
1715 Dalshank Street, Ste A, Pflugerville
The Spirit of Texas Independent Distillery is the newest entry to
the Austin spirits scene, only offering two full-bodied rums: its
signature Pecan Street Rum and Straight Silver Rum. The distillery
posts an Elixir of the Day, a daily recipe featuring one of its two
rums. Events and tours are currently available at the distillery.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka |
8119 Exchange Dr., Austin • 512-243-2755
One of Austin’s first vodka producers, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is
made at the company’s Mockingbird Distillery in Austin. Distilled
six times, Tito’s is a perennial Austin favorite and, as with other
spirits listed, is available at area bars and package stores. They
don’t host tours anymore, but visit their website for area events and
recipes, or follow them on Titos Tweets.
Treaty Oak Distilling |
www.treatyoakdistilling.com | Austin
Treaty Oak Distilling is named after the famous Treaty Oak, one of
the oldest historical trees in Austin that survived a vicious poisoning
in 1989. The tree survived, and Treaty Oak Distillery has embraced
that same determination. Award-winning offerings include many
distinct and successful brands: Treaty Oak Rum, Waterloo Gin, Red
Handed Bourbon Whiskey, Grahams Texas Tea, and Starlite Vodka.
White Hat Rum |
South Congress Distillery • 16525 Decker Creek Drive, Manor
White Hat Rum offers premium Texas rum that is hand crafted,
made in small batches, and oak barreled in Manor, Texas. They
use South Texas molasses and add natural spring water before they
put their product to rest in good ‘ol American Oak.