Sip On This: Four Texan cocktail recipes to keep summer going
Although one of the hottest summers in Texas is starting to cool off, that doesn’t mean it’s time to forgo refreshing poolside cocktails just yet. To satisfy your craving for a thirst quencher, we have enlisted the expertise of four hotels in some of Texas’ major metropolitan areas. Can’t get to one of these hotspots? No sweating. The drink selectors have included their inspirations and recipes below so you can tap into your inner bartender at home.
Sweet and sour cocktail of Gemelle
Hotel Otto, Fort Worth
1.5 oz Herradura Reposado tequila
0.5 oz lime
0.75 oz grapefruit
0.75 oz honey
Shake for four seconds in a shaker. Serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Opened in 2021, this container hotel in Fort Worth’s River District is the first from celebrity chef and owner Tim Love. After a trip Love took to the Amalfi Coast, he was inspired to open Hotel Otto and its award-winning restaurant Gemelle. Love describes Gemelle’s Bitter Sweet cocktail as their take on an Italian margarita — the perfect citrus-infused respite from the Texas heat.
Colton House, Austin
2 oz Desert Gate Sotol
1 oz blood orange juice
0.5 oz lime juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
A few dashes of bitter ginger curry
Topped with sparkling mineral water
Add the ingredients to a glass over ice, add a few dashes of ginger curry bitters and top up with sparkling mineral water.
Named after the family that founded the small town of Colton, Texas, Colton House sits at South Congress in Austin. Simona’s Coffee + Cocktails inside the hotel offers its own version of a blood orange Paloma: the Texas Sun. It is made with locally distilled Desert Door Sotol, a spirit made from wild-harvested sotol plants. “It’s comparable to tequila but with tasting notes of orange zest, mint and sage,” says Sarah Vaz, general manager of Simona. “It’s refreshingly citrusy and subtly complex.”
Thompson Dallas, Dallas
1.5 oz vodka
0.5 oz white vermouth
3 ounces of watermelon juice
1 oz lemon cordial
Add the ingredients to a glass with crushed ice. Garnish with linden leaves and flowers.
The Thompson Dallas is a luxury hotel located in The National, a 51-story mixed-use development downtown. The hotel is home to a number of restaurants, including Nine at The National, which does this delicious Watermelon Breeze cocktail. “Texas has the best watermelons, and it’s a quintessential summer fruit,” says Wilborn Blalock, head bartender at Nine. “The lemon cordial adds brightness to make this the perfect refreshing cocktail on a hot day.”
Hotel Emma, San Antonio
3 ounces of Prosecco
2 oz of Aperol
Sparkling water splash
Serve over ice and garnish with an orange slice.
One of San Antonio-based Hotel Emma’s signature cocktails, La Babia Margarita, is a guest favorite alongside Ranch Water. But this year, according to Hotel Emma’s beverage manager, Kendra Swords, the biggest hit was the Aperol Spritz. “Having an Aperol Spritz top the charts is no surprise,” she says. “This Italian classic from the late 1800s is perfect for any occasion, especially by the pool. This classic and our variations on it are a great way to partake in libations without feeling like you’ve done too much on a summer’s day in Texas.