- Eric Webb American-Statesman Staff
It's said that 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered in water. Texas' portion of that, give or take a Trinity and a Brazos, is probably mostly Topo Chico.
Any reader of the New York Times knows that the Grey Lady loves a trend piece, and now the paper has turned its eye to the fizzy fluid that's been quenching parched Texans for as long as anyone can remember.
"Bottles of Topo Chico are tabletop everywhere in Texas this time of year, including tatty taquerias in the Rio Grande Valley and reservations-only restaurants in Houston," the piece's author, Kate Murphy, writes. "The water is often the finishing fizz in cocktails at the hippest bars in Austin and the sidecar to espresso drinks at indie coffee shops in Dallas."
All that might be true — the Lone Star State as a whole sings with the song of clinking glass bottles. But here in Austin, Topo Chico is omnipresent, and the Times' article bears evidence. Congress Avenue caffienation station Jo's Coffee, the boutique Hotel San José and taco truck Veracruz All-Natural all make photo appearances, bottles of Topo Chico serving as props. Jeffrey’s, Josephine House and Elizabeth St. Cafe are namechecked as restaurants dispensing the bubbly balm. "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons is quoted as saying she fell in love with the drink while filming in Austin.
3. Speaking of cocktails ... We think the Texas Tenor, which uses Deep Eddy lemon vodka, is worth a look on the brand's list of recommended cocktails.
4. Use it as a bookend. The Dallas Morning News recommends sipping Topo Chico "before and after an espresso or macchiato to cleanse the palate."View full experience