Drunk on Civic Pride
Announcing the Official Drink of Austin
The Renaissance Hotel's staff prepared a delicious and refreshing concoction of muddled fresh figs and blackberries, shaken with a good dose of Tito's Vodka, a splash of simple syrup, and a squeeze of fresh lime, garnished on the side with two cute cherry tomatoes filled with boursin cheese.
The ladies from the three-time defending champion Four Seasons dazzled the crowd with incredible costumes à la the Ronettes and their soulful singing while they mixed their Batini Silhouette: an unusual and delicious cocktail of vanilla and nectarine-infused Tito's mixed with Port and white cranberry juice.
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill followed with the Freetail, a very well-thought-out, superb cocktail incorporating Tito's, Paula's Texas Lemon, fresh blueberry purée, black currant nectar, and guanabana nectar.
The Belmont's bartenders dazzled like Tom Cruise with shaker acrobatics to serve a tasty version of their pineapple-based Belmontini.
In the end, the contest went to Lamberts, whose staff prepared its Tito's dirty martini with olives and pickled jalapeños and delivered it with a hilarious skit that had the crowd roaring. Next time you go to Lamberts, be sure to ask for the Batini.
(Note: At the request of two judges who shall remain anonymous, Moonshine will add the Freetail to their drink menu.)