Book-themed booze? I’m into it. The Texas Book Festival is betting that you will be, too, with the return of its Literary Libations Week in August, three months before the fest draws bookworms of all stripes to downtown Austin.
From Aug. 14 to 18, many bars and restaurants in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas will be offering a special cocktail they’ve named after classic literature and more modern novels alike, from Juliet Italian Kitchen’s Gone with the Gin to Dogwood at Rock Rose’s A Cocktail of Two Cities (quick, name those books. Too easy? There’s more).
A portion of the proceeds from each of these drinks goes toward the Texas Book Festival’s Lit Crawl Austin, a series of literary events at local venues away from the fest’s main location at the Texas Capitol. Both the fest and the lit crawl are free, and Literary Libations Week helps to keep it that way.
In no particular order, here’s what participating Austin bars and restaurants are offering. Guys, some of these names are just too good. (Again, name those books!)Eberly: Beatrix Potter, made with Beefeater Gin, Pimm's, carrot juice, lime juice, chamomile syrup, pinch of salt and muddled basil
Sophia's: Redrum Daiquiri, made with strawberry syrup, lime juice, Brugal Rum, and garnished with kiwi Jell-O shot stuffed strawberry and fresh mint sprig with Peychaud’s Bitters for color and topped with ginger beer
Native Hostel: Jack Burden, made with Del Maguey Crema de Mescal, Campari, Dolen sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, and bitters
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya:- Little Reata, made with Oaxacan rum, blackstrap rum, house pecan syrup, lime and Amargo Vallet (a Mexican Angostura-based amaro)
Whisler's: A Happy Place, made with 1 oz. Sotol, Yellow Chartreuse, blue Curaçao, honey syrup, lemon juice, salt, Topo Chico, and garnished with a lemon twist
Dogwood Rock Rose: A Cocktail of Two Cities, made with Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, grapefruit bitters and champagne
Nightcap: The Full Monty, made with vodka, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, cucumber juice, and garnished with thinly sliced cucumbers
Weather Up: Tictocq, made with gin, fresh lemon juice, Maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and a Maraschino cherry garnish
Barrel O' Fun in the Alamo Mueller: The Last Citrus Show, made with TX Whiskey, fresh grapefruit juice, RC Cola syrup, and soda water, served over crushed ice with grapefruit zest Backbeat: Stockades Sling, made with Plantation Original Dark Rum, Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy, Fernet-Branca, lime juice, cinnamon-infused Liber & Co. Gum Syrup, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters and Fever-Tree Ginger BeerLustre Pearl East: Huckleberry Gin, made with gin, lychee, lime, and bubbles Clive: A Grog's Purpose, made with Hamilton Demerara Rum, Bird Dog Small Batch Bourbon, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, honey syrup, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, and garnished with a cherry-lemon wheel spike or mint sprigThe Wheel: Rye and PunishMint, made with Rittenhouse Rye, honey simple syrup, lime juice, mint leaves, topped with a splash of ginger beer and garnished with a mint sprig.
Searsucker: Margarita Atwood, made with strawberry jalapeno tequila, lime, and agave Juliet: Gone with the Gin, made with gin, lemon juice, framboise liqueur, Licor 43, and grapefruit bitters Olamaie: The Long Goodbye, made with Highborn Texas Gin, Amaro Nonino, lime, Peychaud's Bitters