On Thursday, May 4, Austin's finest mixologists gathered at Fair Market to shake, stir, and pour a cocktail worthy of being crowned the Official Drink of Austin 2017.
The annual event, hosted by Tipsy Texan to benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, brought in teams from Austin's best bars and beverage programs, including Alcomar, Clive Bar, drink.well., The Driskill, Frank, Firehouse Lounge, Javelina, and Kunheo.
Each team was tasked with serving its cocktail to the thirsty crowd. After enjoying bites from top Austin restaurants and sampling the entire drink lineup, participants voted on their favorites.
The two teams that earned the most votes — Frank and Kuneho — went head-to-head in a timed cocktail competition for the top honor. The Official Drink of Austin was then voted on by a panel of judges: Bill Norris (beverage director for Alamo Drafthouse), Brandon Watson (food editor for Austin Chronicle); Jennifer Keyser (2016 winner of Official Drink of Austin with Geraldine's); Shakey Graves (Austin musician), and Tavel Bristol-Joseph (partner and pastry chef at Emmer & Rye).
Judges crowned the Capitol City Collins from funky hot dog restaurant Frank this year's winner. To celebrate, the downtown bar and restaurant will add the Capitol City Collins to the menu. Here's the recipe:
Capitol City Collins
1 1/2 oz Old Highborn gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz strawberry-tarragon syrup
1 oz coconut milk (unsweetened)
Top with Topo Chico and Peychaud’s Bitters. Garnish with strawberry and lemon.