Good news, drink enthusiasts! It’s finally time to put those giant Mason jars you’ve been collecting to good use. We’re bringing you customized recipes for cocktails and mocktails with Texas-made spirits to get you inspired. Show off to your friends at your next Backyard BBQ with these semi-homemade thirst-quenchers.
The first key to a delicious infused liquor is going to be the produce you choose to infuse it with. Even the best liquors can’t hide the flavor of tired fruits, so head to the farmer’s market and pick out the ripe stuff. Choosing produce at its peak season will ensure a perfectly-infused result.
The next most important step is picking out a high-quality liquor to infuse with your freshly picked produce. We’ve gathered some of our favorite top-shelf Texas spirits, and know you’ll love the simple, but fresh taste of these flavor combinations.
Jalapeno Tequila - Spicy Jalapenos + Izkali Reposado Tequila
Pour a 750 mL bottle tequila into a glass jar, and add 3 sliced jalapenos. Let sit for at least 24 hours in a dark, cool place. When it’s time to enjoy, drink it neat and cold, or add it to a little bit of watermelon juice, simple syrup, and lime juice for a spicy watermelon margarita on the rocks.
Pineapple Rum - Juicy Pineapple + Railean White Rum
Add a whole chopped pineapple to a glass jar, covering the fruit with rum. Let infuse for up to three weeks in the refrigerator, sipping along the way for quality checks, of course. For a sticky-sweet treat, top a vanilla pound cake with splashes of the pineapple rum at your next spring picnic.
Peaches and Bourbon - Fresh Fredericksburg Peaches + Devil’s River Bourbon
Take advantage of the surge of peach stands along the road this season, and grab yourself some Fredericksburg peaches. Infuse a 750mL bourbon and those sliced Texas treasures, along with the zest of one lemon, and a little bit of sugar. Add this to some sweet tea for a sip of Southern Hospitality.
Cucumber Gin - Thinly-sliced Cucumbers + Dripping Springs Artisan Gin
Add fresh cucumbers that have been ultra finely sliced to a glass jar with lid, and fill to the top with gin. It will be a challenge to wait the 7 days that it needs to soak, but it will definitely be worth it. Save the first sip for right after this season’s first lawn mowing session.
“Topo Limonada” - Freshly-squeezed Lemonade + Simple Syrup + Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water (A HomeCity Favorite!)
For a non-alcoholic but refreshing beverage, beat the Texas heat with a sparkling mineral water infused with tart lemonade and rock sugar. The tiny bubbles and cold limonada will taste like spring right on your tongue.
Get creative and have fun adding varieties of fruits and vegetables to different alcohols! If infusing your booze is not on your radar this spring/summer, then be sure to check out our May events posts for other fun activities in the Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Temple/Belton areas!