Get a taste of Austin’s summer to come with this Shark Bait cocktail

This cold snap drawing temperatures down to record-breaking lows probably has many of us native Texans dreaming of the days when we can wear shorts and sandals again.

That’s not likely for at least another week, but one Austin burger joint is offering a fun, Instagram-friendly tiki cocktail in the meantime, a boozy reminder of the warmer months ahead. 

The new Shark Bait cocktail at Pool Burger is served in a shark-shaped tiki mug with scarlet-colored syrup drizzled over it for extra effect.

Pool Burger, the combination tiki bar and burger stand that opened near Deep Eddy Cabaret last fall, has created the Shark Bait cocktail — and the best part about it is the mug it comes in. Made with Bounty Dark Rum, J. Wray Overproof Rum, blue curacao, banana liqueur, coconut, lime and a “blood” syrup drizzle, it’s served in a shark-shaped tiki mug.

All of the ingredients, sans the drizzle, are swizzled on crushed ice in the mug; then, the ‘blood’ is drizzled over the shark’s teeth. This cocktail is as much about the cool visual effect as it is the taste. 

But you can rest assured it certainly tastes delicious. It was created by assistant beverage manager Alex Holder of the McGuire Moorman Hospitality group, which partly owns Pool Burger along with one of the Deep Eddy Cabaret partners. McGuire Moorman also owns Josephine House, Clark’s Oyster Bar and other top local dining spots.

The Shark Bait cocktail in the shark-shaped mug is $19. If that’s just a little too pricey for you, it’s also available in a mai tai glass for $12.

Pool Burger is located at 2315 Lake Austin Blvd. and open daily: noon to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit


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