Austin bars, restaurants close out summer with adventurous cocktails

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Austin bars, restaurants close out summer with adventurous cocktails

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The Noa Noa at interior Mexican restaurant Fonda San Miguel highlights the complexity of aged sotol, a still relatively little-used Mexican spirit. Contributed by Fonda San Miguel

After months of sweltering heat, by mid-August we may be running out of ideas for summer fun. We’ve already sought out all the best Central Texas rivers on which to go tubing. Already eaten our weight in ice cream and sno cones at local dessert shops. And do we really need another dip in one of the Austin hotel pools that welcome locals? (Actually, yes.)

In any case, it’s time to drink.

To give that year-round activity the free, fun feeling of summer, search out seasonal cocktails with oddball ingredients, whether an unusual spirit or liqueur or a nonalcoholic accompaniment like vegetables that just isn’t so common in drinks.

We’ve found 11 cocktails made with adventurous ingredients — find out where you can sip them at mystatesman.com.

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