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in Austin, Texas.
Both products are available in
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discriminating drinking
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February is for sweethearts

Drink of the Month

The Orange Bullet

Recipe by Ayron Vandergriff
Star Bar, Austin

This reminds me of the Bourbon 'n' 7(up)s my parents (the best of sweethearts) used to drink back when retro cool was invented. Ginger ale gives it a little more zip. For a sizzling version, use a wee bit of Maine Root Ginger Brew.
  • 1¼ oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • ¾ oz. PTO
  • Ginger ale
In a large old-fashioned glass filled with ice, combine bourbon and PTO. Top off with a splash of ginger ale. Stir. Go on, you know you want to throw a cherry in there.

From Dale DeGroff's The Essential Cocktail

Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, so what better way to start the day than sharing a Mimosa with your sweetheart. Even Dale says it's okay to put a floater on top. With PTO, we call it a Turbo Mimosa.
  • 2 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 4 oz. Champagne
  • ½ oz. PTO (substituted for Cointreau)
  • Orange zest for garnish
Pour the orange juice into a flute. Fill gently with Champagne and the drink will mix itself; there's no need to stir, which would just wastefully dissipate the bubbles. Top with a float of PTO for an appealing little extra kick, and garnish with the orange zest.

More Valentine ideas
  • Pink drinks are romantic. Make cosmos with vodka, PTO, and either cranberry or pomegranate juice.
  • Swap cranberry juice for the orange juice in the Mimosa for a pink sparkler.
  • Muddle strawberries with equal parts vodka and PTO and add a little lime juice. Strain into a martini glass.
  • Chocolate and orange are a fantastic combination. Shake equal parts PTO, chocolate liqueur (Godiva is yummy), and half-and-half over ice and strain into a martini glass to make the Paula Alexander.

Orange Bullet
Orange Bullet in the cactus garden
outside Star Bar

PTO chocolates now at Twin Liquors!

Quintessential Chocolates exquisitely delicious PTO-filled chocolates are now available at Twin Liquors. These bites of delight are made by Lecia Duke at her workshop in Fredericksburg, and I have not met a single person that did not swoon over them. Gentlemen, let me give you a hint: a gift of PTO chocolates will ensure a warm spot for you in the heart of your sweetheart (or sweetheart-to-be).

Paula and Paul chat with Michael Barnes

Paula and Paul chatted with Michael Barnes, the Austin American-Statesman's man about town, on topics ranging from liquor sales to the state of Austin nightlife. You can read the conversation at Michael's Out and About blog.

Paula's featured in Restaurantville e-zine

Paula's is featured along with other local spirits in the cover story of the first edition of the Texas Restaurant Association's online magazine Restaurantville Monthly. Rebecca Robinson's timely article describes how more and more Texas establishments are catching on to the wealth of quality local spirits at their disposal. And thanks to Tipsy Texan David Alan, who says what I've been thinking for a while: "I think that every bar and restaurant should take it as their patriotic duty to stock a bottle of each of the Texas spirits."

Join us at

Super Bowl at the Cedar Door, Sunday, Feb. 7. We'll be at the newly remodeled Cedar Door with tons of big TVs, drink specials, and prizes.

A special pairing of chef Harvey Harris' Italian fare with Paula's cocktails and wine, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Siena Restaurant, 6203 Capital of Texas Hwy. (at 2222), Austin
You don't want to miss this one: make a reservation.

Texas Independence Day "Crawl the Capital". Join us with Republic Tequila, Dripping Springs Vodka, and Treaty Oak rum in a tour of Austin establishments serving local libations. Tuesday, March 2, various locations, Austin

Savor Dallas Arts District Wine Stroll, Friday, Mar. 5 and International Grand Tasting, Saturday, Mar. 6
Paula's Texas Orange 40% alc. by volume. Paula's Texas Lemon 30% alc. by volume.
Bottled by Texacello LLC, Austin, TX.

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