Shaken, Not Stirred
Whether you like your martinis with vodka or gin, Austin has you covered. Austin boasts a variety
of distilleries with offerings that include gin, bourbon, tequila and Texas sweet tea vodka that is
refreshingly different and perfect on a hot summer day. Get those cocktail shakers ready!
Based in Austin Texas and imported from
Mexico, this gold medal award-winning
tequila is available all over central and South
Texas. Voted Austin’s Favorite Tequila, it
was also the 2013 Gold Medal winner at the
San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Check the website for recipes, products, and
some info on the founding of the tequila
whose owners say has the heart of Mexico
and the soul of Austin.
Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery
3601 S. Congress Avenue
Named after the oldest swimming hole in
Texas, Deep Eddy Vodka is made in a small
distillery with local ingredients and pure Texas
water. It’s column distilled ten times and coal
filtered for a clean, pure taste that shows off its
commitment to quality. Introduced in 2010,
Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka is a tea-infused
vodka that was the brainchild of Sweet Leaf
Tea founder Clayton Christopher and Savvy
Vodka founder Chad Auler. It now also offers
Straight, Ruby Red, and Cranberry. Stop by
the website to get Deep Eddy vodka-inspired
recipes for delicious cocktails.
Dulce Vida Organic Tequila
11310 W. Hwy 290
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 Road; 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
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 is known for its ultra-pre-mium, 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.
Still Austin Whiskey Co.
440 East St. Elmo Road; www.stillaustin.com
Still Austin Whiskey Co. was the first whiskey
distillery in Austin city limits since Prohibition. As one of the rare birds of distilling,
they’re a 100% “grain to glass” distillery
where everything is done in-house: milling,
mashing, fermenting, distilling, barreling, and
bottling — right here in the heart of Austin.
Enjoy a tour or enjoy a sample in their tasting
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