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Paula's Texas Orange and
Paula's Texas Lemon,
premium liqueurs handmade
in Austin, Texas.
Both products are available in
fine liquor stores and
discriminating drinking
establishments throughout Texas.
May is for Mothers and Herb Garden Produce

Drink of the Month

Mom's Collins

Parsley bolting? Try using it in this variation on a Tom Collins. (We let our parsley go to the black swallowtail caterpillars because they are so pretty.) This is a fairly dry drink; if you want sweeter, use tonic water instead of club soda.
  • 1 oz. Paula's Texas Lemon
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1½ oz. gin
  • 1 oz. well-chilled club soda
In a mixing glass, muddle parsley with PTL and lemon juice. Add gin and ice and shake well. Strain into Collins glass filled with ice (double strain through a tea strainer if you don't want green bits). Add club soda and stir. Garnish with parsley sprigs.

From Dale Degroff's The Essential Cocktail

Whiskey Smash

This is Dale's variation on the Mint Julep, the classic cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. Though the Derby's just past, put on your hat and make up one of these with the fresh mint from your garden.
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 3 lemon quarters
  • 1 oz. PTO (substituted for orange curaçao)
  • 2 oz. bourbon or rye (we like Bulleit Bourbon)
  • Lemon slice and mint sprig for garnish
In the bottom of a bar glass, muddle mint leaves, lemon quarters, and PTO. Add the whiskey and ice; shake. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon slice.

Derby Day at Rain Lily Farm

The Tipsy Texan organized a Kentucky Derby party at Rain Lily Farm with mint juleps sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon (my favorite) and mint harvested from the farm's beautiful herb beds. Here's me (right) with Hollis Bulleit, daughter of the founder and the product's World Ambassador. Smiles all around indicated everyone had a great time. Thank you Hollis!

Derby Day
Mom's Collins
Mom's Collins
Local Spirits and The Anvil

The gang of Central Texas Distillers is ever-expanding and becoming more established, but I think we all appreciate a kind word now and then. We got that in the form of a post by noted mixologist Bobby Huegel, who has been a tireless supporter of local spirits. His overview of Texas spirits appears at his blog Drink Dogma. He had especially nice words for Paula's products, which we are extremely pleased about.

Bobby, who has taken mixology to new heights in Texas, has experience with more developed artisanal spirits communities in other states. As Bobby says, "The Texas micro-distillery market is still young, and for it to survive and resemble anything like what can be found in California and Oregon, cocktail fanatics in Texas need to support these brands.So please, become familiar with the producers and consider them a viable, and often preferable, option to other global and national brands." Well said, and many thanks to all of you who support our products.

Bobby has been busy opening his own bar, the Anvil, in Houston's Montrose District. A cozy and inviting space, the Anvil caters to those in search of a crafted cocktail and bonhomie, not just wild and crazy nightlife. Stop by when you're in Houston--it's on Westheimer a few blocks west of Montrose.

Join us at

Art Car Parade VIPit Party, Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m-3 p.m., 1100 Bagby, Houston
Habitat Young Professionals Gala, Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m., One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road, Austin
Local is Luxe, Friday, May 15, 5-8 p.m., Luxe Apothetique, The Domain, Austin

A Celebration Of Midlife Makeovers And Luscious Flavors, Thursday, June 25, 6-8 p.m., Boggy Creek Farm, Austin

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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