SHOPPING AND DINING
Shaken, Not Stirred: Austin-Area Distilleries
Whether you like your martinis with vodka
or gin, Austin has you covered. Prefer a
taste of the tropics and visions of cabana
boys (or girls) delivering fruity rum drinks
to your lounge chair? Austin also boasts
times for a clean, pure taste. 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.
Or if your adult beverage tendencies
are more toward the sophisticated side
– say, a gin martini that’s shaken and
not stirred, there are options there, too,
with local gin that’s absolutely refreshing
on a hot Texas summer day. Other
offerings include bourbon, tequila and
Texas sweet tea vodka that is
refreshingly different. Read on for more
about Austin area distilleries – and get
those cocktail shakers ready!
Dripping Springs Vodka
San Luis Spirits
The San Luis Spirits, a family-owned
distillery in Dripping Springs, launched the
company and its signature Dripping Springs
Vodka in 2007. The distillery recently
launched its 1876 Vodka – a small-batch
spirit distilled in 50-gallon batches in
copper pot stills that’s named for the year
the Texas State Constitution was ratified.
Republic Tequila is known for its ultra-premium, blue agave tequila – 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 processing
and attention to detail have resulted in
award-winning offerings that include anejo,
plata and reposado tequilas.
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Garrison Brothers Distillery
1827 Hye-Albert Road, Hye
An artisan distillery dedicated to making
only the finest Texas Bourbon and
producing only a few hundred barrels
each year, Garrison Brothers’ flagship
bourbon is its Texas Straight Bourbon
Whiskey, Signature 2008 Vintage. Future
offerings include the Panhandle White,
Hye Rye, Texas Opus, Hye Test, and
Garrison Brothers’ Reserve.
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.
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, made only from
the distilled juice of organic agave plants
from Mexico. 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.
Treaty Oak Distilling
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 three distinct, and
successful brands: Treaty Oak Rum,
Waterloo Gin, and Starlite Vodka.
Deep Eddy Vodka/
Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka
3601 S. Congress Ave, Austin
Deep Eddy Vodka is made in a small
distillery with local ingredients and
pure Texas water. It’s column
distilled and coal filtered four
Paula’s Texas Spirits
Founded in 2005, Paula’s Texas Spirits
is known for its Paula’s Texas Orange
and Paula’s Texas Lemon liquers. Both
were inspired by Italy’s limoncello, but
with a Texas twist.
Pecan Street Rum
The Spirit of Texas Independent Distillery is
the newest entry to the Austin spirits scene;
its signature offering is the Pecan Street Rum.