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Eastside Cocktail Crawl (Spring 2017)

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Eastside Cocktail Crawl (Spring 2017)

Last month's Eastside Cocktail Crawl was way too much fun!

We started the day at Lustre Pearl East with their El Camino and made our way down Cesar Chavez to Craftsman for Moscow Mules. 

Once we headed a few doors down to Weather Up, the crew had a medley of colorful sips to choose from.

We were sooo surprised and impressed to see cocktail sippin' folks rockin' creative team gear!

So impressed that we're currently brainstorming contest ideas for the next go-around this fall!

Afterwards, we made our way up to East 6th and hit Collide ATX - a chef-driven restaurant and art space for more booze and grub.  

We ended the afternoon at the patio of all patios - Whisler's, where we reminisced about the afternoon and sipped on some mighty delicious Southsides.

A major shoutout goes to the incredibly accommodating bars that hosted us! Weather Up, Lustre Pearl East, Collide ATX, Whisler's and Craftsman - you guys are real gems! 

We'll be announcing a new fall date soon, so make sure you sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop!

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Sip + Brunch Recap

In June, we hosted our first round of Sip + Brunch at Weather Up in East Austin.  It was a hot one, but the drinks most definitely kept us cool on the spacious patio.

The kind bartender and our host, Fidel, was not only talented but incredibly knowledgable. He walked us through three cocktail recipes - the daiquiri, the Manhattan and the margarita.

We all practiced our skills with professional and stylish bar tools. Fidel covered the proper way to shake, stir and pour and everything in between. 

Chef  Kristine Kittrell completed the afternoon with her culinary magic. Bacon bites, cheese plates, chicken and waffles... you name it.  It was quite the treat getting to sample their delectable brunch menu. 

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As an added bonus, we provided each guest with a swag bag chockfull of local and creative goodies, like custom cocktail recipe cards from Emma Gundlach, Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap, gold paper straws and metal drink stirrers!

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Watermelon Mint Julep

Photo Credit:  Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit: Bonnie and Lauren

What does a Mint Julep make you think of? The Kentucky Derby, right? But why should such a delicious cocktail be relegated to one day for an event that lasts only two minutes? They're way too tasty for that, and with the addition of juicy watermelon, you've got a inspiriting cocktail to serve all summer long.

Photo Credit:  Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit: Bonnie and Lauren

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Rio Brazos Texas Whiskey (I like to use local or Texas brands when possible!)
½ oz. Russell & Mahoney simple syrup
5 sprigs fresh mint
6 cubes fresh watermelon

Preparation

Muddle simple syrup and watermelon in a mixing glass. Add mint and press lightly to release oils. Add bourbon and mix well with cracked ice. Strain over crushed ice. Garnish with watermelon and fresh mint.

Photo Credit:  Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit: Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit:  Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit: Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit:  Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit: Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit:  Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit: Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit:  Bonnie and Lauren

Photo Credit: Bonnie and Lauren

Now that you've mastered this one, why not learn a few more? We're joining forces with Weather Up to bring you a monthly Brunch + Cocktails series. Come hang out with us on June 11th as we kick it off with tasty bites and three hands-on cocktail creations. 

June 11, 2016
11:00 - 1:00
Weather Up

1808 E. Cesar Chavez Street | ATX

Grab your tickets here >>>

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