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Drink of the Week: Berry Mint Breezer

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com

The bottles of Republic Tequila might be shaped like the state of Texas, but make no mistake — like any tequila worth its salt, it’s made right in Mexico’s tequila heartland. The three variations of plata, reposado and añejo are also not just available in Texas, but in 9 other states around the U.S., including Florida, Georgia, California and Colorado.

Founded by Austinite Tom Nall, Republic is produced in the Leyros Distillery in Jalisco with the goal of combining traditional methods with the distillery’s own innovative, environmentally conscious techniques, such as being the first in the industry to introduce a diffuser to the tequila-making process. Leyros also converts leftover pulp into fuel that powers the distillery and uses 40 percent less water than the traditional methods of making the spirit.

Republic Reposado, aged for 7 months, is a smooth medley of flavors, vanilla and black olive among them. Here’s a cocktail that enhances its slight sweetness.

Berry Mint Breezer

1 1/2 oz. Republic Reposado Tequila

4 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix

1/2 oz. Orange Juice

1/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz. Organic Agave Nectar

2 Blackberries

2 Mint springs

Muddle blackberries and mint in shaker. Pour remaining ingredients into shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and blackberry.

Recipe by Christopher Marriott