Here are some more festive drink recipes that will help you raise a glass to the Alamo City in its 300th anniversary year.
Sometimes you just need to kick up your feet and knock back a cold one or two. We’re thinking that time might be now — especially if you’ve been walking around San Antonio, Texas, celebrating the city’s 300th anniversary this May. Or even if you’ve only been as far as your yard getting the lawn and garden ready for summer. In which case, you can still acknowledge the city’s founding. On May 1, 1718, Franciscan Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares, “an aging and often cantankerous priest who had spent many years as a missionary” (Texas Handbook Online), established San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo), one of five Spanish missions on the San Antonio River. On May 5, 1718, Martin de Alarcon, governor of the province of Texas, founded the Spanish fort San Antonio de Bexar Presidio, marking the founding of the city.
Join us in raising a glass to old San Antone, the beautiful city by the river, with some drink recipes provided by the various food and drink establishments at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
San Antonio Sour
Courtesy 18 Oaks
The San Antonio Sour is a vibrant, refreshing cocktail with a bang. Great rye whiskey is accompanied by local citrus agave nectar from Mexico, along with a bright, vibrant red wine from the 18 Oaks Wine list.
1¼ ounces .44 Ranger Creek Rye Whiskey
½ ounce agave
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ounce “light-bodied” red wine
Shake rye, agave, and lemon juice. Strain over ice with bar spoon; layer wine on top — two layers. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Courtesy Cibolo Moon
Cibolo Moon bar — the first in Texas to be certified by Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Commission for its expertise in tequila — has a tequila master who can teach you everything you need to know about this marvelous Mexican spirit. He can also set you up with this tequila cocktail, which is inspired by the San Antonio culture with tequila and jalapeños, but also brings an innovative twist to the classic margarita with mezcal and pineapple.
¼ cup chopped pineapple
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
1 quarter jalapeño
1 ounce tequila reposado
1 ounce mezcal
1 ounce agave
1 ounce lime juice
Muddle the pineapple, cilantro, and jalapeños. Add mezcal, lime juice, agave, and tequila. Shake, double strain, and serve in fresh ice.
Courtesy High Velocity
Fiestatini is a cocktail featured around San Antonio’s long fiesta tradition. It is fun, bright, and full of flavor — meant to celebrate San Antonio’s lively culture.
1¼ ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce prosecco
½ ounce cranberry juice
½ ounce simple syrup
Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker together with ice and shake. Strain and pour into glass. Add whipped cream to top and garnish with sprinkles and sprinkled rim.
Courtesy Rivertop Bar and Grill
1 ounce banana liquer
1 ounce Bacardi Superior
¼ ounce Coco Lopez
5 pieces pineapple
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend. Pour into 12-ounce cup and garnish with pineapple.
For more information on the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa or to make reservations, visit the resort’s website.