When it comes to cocktails, you may think you’ve heard of everything, but bars across Austin are mixing things up with creative concoctions, specialty libations and funky refreshments. From spicy to sweet and everything in between, mixologists are pushing the envelope and exceeding our expectations.
For the boldest of craft cocktail connoisseurs, here’s a list of must try crazy cocktails in Austin. A girly night out has never looked so tempting...
“Tom Selleck’s Mustache” at Vox Table
Vox Table offers a variety of artisanal cocktails with unique flavors, but the craziest has to be Tom Selleck’s Mustache. More than just a funny name, this drink has rye, Casa Brasil coffee infused cocchi torino, Bar Keep Chinese five spice bitters and, of course, smoke. Check out their happy hours too; you won't regret it.
“Hawaiian Rose” at CU29 Cocktail Bar
From peanut butter delight to Samoan girl scout, this cocktail bar has the edge on intriguing drink flavors and combinations, but what takes the cake is this coconut infused libation with everyone’s favorite…bacon! For those with a preference for sweet drinks, however, creme brulee is in a league of its own.
“The Jena” at Icenhauer’s
Icenhauer’s may be known for its behemoth boozy beverages, but the most peculiar has to be the Jena. If you love vodka, and pickles, then try this potent pickly treat with house-made pickle-infused handmade vodka, shaved ice and a salty pickle slice.
“Radish Me, Baby” at Nightcap
Nightcap is a great place for late night sweets and adult beverages and their clever cocktail list offers something different for all palates. For a fresh kick, try the aptly named Radish Me, Baby with house infused horseradish vodka, passion fruit, lemon and mint.
“Gin and Jam” at Second Bar + Kitchen
Second Bar + Kitchen has been widely recognized for their superior food and menus, and their house cocktail list is no exception. For something seemingly simple but bold, try the gin and jam with Viennese gin and a mixed berry – jalapeno confiture.
“Fig Manhattan” at Peche
This swanky downtown hangout has everything from boozy milkshakes to absinthe coladas. For a sweet whiskey drink with a unique flavor try the fig Manhattan with rye, sweet vermouth, house cherry vanilla bitters and fig foam.
“Poco Loco” at No Va Kitchen and Bar
This hip Rainey Street hangout serves up stylish dishes and drinks, including handcrafted cocktails. For a Mexican-inspired spicy delight try the Poco Loco, with Union Mescal, house curacao, ancho reyes and mole bitters.
“Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet!” at Odd Duck
The Odd Duck is one of Austin’s most iconic restaurants with excellent burgers and barrel-aged cocktails. Among their kookier cocktails is this whimsical creation with vodka, blueberry, ginger, egg white and Herbs de Provence.
“Cigar Box” at The Roosevelt Room
The Roosevelt Room has a variety of upscale cocktails inspired by classic drinks made with a twist, including the Cigar Box. Made with Mezcal, smoked black tea syrup, lavender tobacco bitters and a smoked black cinnamon stick, this drink is dark and mysterious.
“Joe Buck” at Midnight Cowboy
This 6 th street hangout is known for their one-of-kind handcrafted cocktails made tableside with potent ingredients and panache. Among those original creations is the classic “Joe Buck”, with Texas Blue Horn whiskey and house-made mustard sauce.
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