Austin’s recent spring-like weather has definitely put a little pep in our step, not only marking the imminent return of summer but the official start of cocktail season too! While we are among the first to sing the praises of the no-fail margarita + sunshine combination, did you know that the agave-based spirit has a remarkable versatility in other libations as well?
Granted, tequila is best known for its starring role alongside a little lime and salt, but there are a host of other concoctions worth adding to your adult beverage arsenal. Just ask the group of Yelpers who sipped on the complimentary Blackberry Smash at the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival’s preview event at Sully’s Side Bar last week.
Lucky for you, we snagged the recipe straight from Austin-based Ambhar Tequila, one of the premier tequila purveyors in the country. Consider it the perfect way to kick-start spring and ease you into summer…
Ambhar Blackberry Smash1.5 oz. Ambhar Añejo Tequila .75 oz. Elderflower Liqueur 4 Blackberries 1 Thin Lemon Wheel 1 Dash of Orange Bitters Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Putting It Together: In a shaker, muddle blackberries, add remaining ingredients and top with ice. Shake well and strain into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist along the rim.
If you’d like to learn how to mix drinks like this from the masters themselves, head to the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival Preview Party at the Marketplace Hancock Twin Liquors (map) Thursday, April 12 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM CT.