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October Drink of the Month

Drink of the Month


Compliments of Jake Adams, Opal Divine's, Austin

We created this drink as a twist on the Manhattan, a Mexican version, if you will, so we chose the name "the Mazatlan". Our original recipe is below. Jake tweaked the recipe for an outstanding version at Opal Divine's:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Pepe's Z Tequila Anejo
  • 1/2 oz. Paula's Texas Orange
  • a splash each of red (sweet) vermouth and white (dry) vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (Jake uses Stirrings brand)
Combine ingredients over ice in a shaker. Stir (traditionally, a Manhattan is stirred, not shaken). Strain into martini glass and garnish with an orange twist and, depending on your views on this topic, a cherry (use a good quality one).


The brand of vermouth you use in this drink will affect the result. We use Noilly Prat at home, which is the subtlest of the usual brands, but most bars use either Cinzano or Martini & Rossi, which have a more pronounced flavor. We've been told Vya, made in California, is great stuff if you can find it.
  • 1 1/2 oz. Pepe's Z Tequila Anejo
  • 3/4 oz. Paula's Texas Orange
  • 3/4 oz. dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
Combine ingredients over ice in a shaker, stir, and strain into martini glass.

And finally,


Chill 1 bottle each Paula's Texas Orange and Paula's Texas Lemon. Locate your favorite sipping glass. Turn off the TV, radio, and computer. Put away the newspaper. Bring bottles and glass to your most comfortable chair. Pour yourself a finger or two. Drink. Repeat until anxiety fades or until Nov. 4, whichever comes first.

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The Mazatlan
The Mazatlan


Saint Germain is a lovely neighborhood on the Left Bank in Paris--think Cafe de Flore, enticing food shops, chic students, and La Rhumerie (my favorite place in the whole world to drink rum).

It is also the name of a new elderflower liqueur produced in France but marketed by Americans (recently available in Austin liquor stores). Never tasted an elderflower? Me neither, but this golden juice has nuances of pear, honey, floral, and what must be the nectar of the gods. It is delicious straight up chilled and makes a champagne cocktail to die for.

David Alan of The Tipsy Texan came up with this international cocktail so we could enjoy both Paula's Texas Lemon and St.-Germain liqueur at the same time. One sip and you feel like you're in a sidewalk cafe; several sips and you'll be spouting existentialism.
  • 1 oz. Paula's Texas Lemon
  • 1 oz. St-Germain Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz. Z Tequila Blanco
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • dash of angostura bitters
Shake with ice, strain, and serve in a martini glass.

Calling all mixologists

Edible Austin's Eat Local week is coming up Dec. 6-13. The Drink Local event on Dec. 9 will feature a drink contest using local spirits and ingredients. If you would like to apply to be a contestant, contact David Alan.

Oyster Club Kick-off benefiting the Rude Mechanicals, Sunday, Oct. 12, 5-8 p.m., The Plant, Kyle

La Dolce Vita benefiting the Austin Museum of Art, Thursday, Oct.16, 6-9 p.m., Laguna Gloria grounds

Texas Wine and Song Festival, Sunday, Oct. 19, 3-10 p.m., Copper Tank, 5th & Trinity

Boots and Lace Ball benefiting YWCA, Sunday, Oct.26, 6-11 p.m., One World Theatre

Zach Scott Theatre's 75th anniversary weekend, Thursday, Oct. 30 & Saturday, Nov. 1

New World Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting, Saturday, Nov. 8, 7-10 p.m., The Grotto at the Riverwalk, San Antonio
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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