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Drink Spring!

Ingredients inspire bartenders, just like they do chefs. Thanks to a growing number of small-batch distillers in Texas, we’re blessed with top-shelf spirits that bring a locavore zing to cocktails. Here’s what’s inspiring three of the city’s best barmen for handcrafted spring cocktails. 

Michael Martensen 

Garrison Brothers whiskey 

Dripping Springs  

Moscow Mule with Dripping Springs vodka from the eponymous Hill Country distillery 

Waterloo gin from Treaty Oak Distillery in Austin

MICHAEL MARTENSEN
The Cedars Social (thecedarssocial.com)

Cocktail Long Branch with Garrison Brothers whiskey from Hye, Texas

Ingredients Over ice, long pour of Garrison Brothers whiskey; splash of homemade brown sugar simple syrup; dash of orange juice; Angostura bitters and orange and lemon peel twists

Buzz “It’s like a slow horse that finishes fast, which is just like spring in Texas.”

KYLE HILLA
Bolsa (bolsadallas.‌com)

Cocktail Moscow Mule with Dripping Springs vodka from the eponymous Hill Country distillery 

Ingredients Heavy-handed shot of Dripping Springs vodka (pulled straight from the freezer) and ice in a cocktail glass, splash of lime juice, long pull of ginger beer and a splash of bitters

Buzz “I love the play of the tart lime against the zing of the ginger. This is a drink that makes me want to go sit by the pool.”

JASON KOSMAS
Spirits entrepreneur, consultant for Village Marquee-Texas Grill & Bar

Cocktail Bee’s Knees with Waterloo gin from Treaty Oak Distillery in Austin

Ingredients Waterloo gin, with clean crisp grapefruit and lush lavender notes; big squeeze of lemon; spoonful of wild honey and sprig of fresh sage 

Buzz “If I’m really feeling sexy, I’ll muddle in a ripe strawberry as a riff on another classic cocktail, the French 75.”