23rd May, 2014 @ 16:13 | CONSUELA

Seasonal Cocktails from
Austin’s Top Mixologists

Austin's Best Restaurants Share Summer Drink Recipes

At Consuela HQ we loooove a good cocktail. So this month we scoured Austin’s best restaurants to bring you your new summer favorites ‐ just in time for Memorial Day Weekend!

First up, Benji’s. Benji’s Cantina on West 6th Street brings a modern and chic take on a Consuela favorite: Tex-Mex. We love that La Chupacabra‘s ingredients are light and refreshing using ingredients that are in season right now! The jalapeño gives this drink a little kick befitting its namesake ‐ the dangerous and legendary beast.

Benji's Austin Restaurant Custom Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz Cazadores Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz Agave Nectar
  • 2-3 Muddled blackberries
  • 1 Muddled jalapeño

Shaken and dumped with an option of lime zest salted rim and served in a Collins glass.

*photo by Reagan Hackleman

For the most authentic French food in Austin there is only one place to go: Justine’s Brasserie. You’ll find us there celebrating a special occasion or just hanging at the bar listening to the bartender spin vinyl while we sip on their signature cocktail, l’Enfant Terrbile. This means bad kid or troublemaker in French and is perfect for our wild side. This drink is slightly more tart and floral than the standard Cosmo but just as perfect for a summer evening.

Justine's Brasserie in Austin - Handcrafted Cocktail

  • 4 Count Ketel One Citron
  • 2 1/2 Count St. Germaine
  • 3 Count Fresh Lime Juice
  • Splash Cranberry Juice

Served with a lime garnish in a chilled martini glass.

*photo by Courtney Chavanell 

Bess Bistro is owned by adopted Austinite Sandra Bullock and serves up delicious food with a Southern and Creole flair. It’s in the historic Stratford Arms building built in 1918 and the kitchen is in the old bank vault! The prosecco in the Vespa gives it a light, bubbly taste that goes perfectly with their amazing pasta and seafood dish, Pappardelle à la Piquante.

Sandra Bullock's Austin Restaurant Bess Bistro Cocktail

  • 2 oz grey good pear vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • Topped with prosecco

Served in martini glass, no garnish.

Moonshine Grill is known for their classic American comfort food and killer Sunday brunch. The restaurant is in a trading goods store built in 1852 that was later turned into a saloon and domino parlor, hence the name Moonshine. Their signature summer cocktail, The Red River Sipper, adds a splash of alcohol to your favorite childhood summertime drink ‐ lemonade.

Moonshine Grill in Austin Red River Lemonade Cocktail

  • Muddle two lemons with mint
  • 1 1/5 ounces of black raspberry infused Moonshine
  • 1/5 ounce of Paula’s Texas Lemon
  • Fresh squeezed lemonade

Served in a pint glass with lemon and mint garnish.

Thanks to Chelsea McCullough of Paula Biehler PR (on behalf of Benji’s and Bess Bistro), Jardine Libaire of Justine’s and Alana Zanello of Moonshine for collaborating with us on this post!