Every Spring, Austin hosts the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest, a festival all about – you guessed it – comedy. This year, Moontower features comedians like Martin Short, David Cross, Leslie Jones, Maya Rudolph, Janeane Garofolo, and more… and it’s happening this very weekend! In honor of the event, Justin Elliott, the Director of Hospitality and Bar Program Creator at popular downtown cocktail bar The Townsend has created a special drink, only available Thursday (4/21) through Saturday (4/23). It’s called the Artist’s Lament ($8) and it’s available at the bar, which is hosting a number of Moontower shows.
This drink is only on the menu during Moontower, and The Townsend will be a popular spot during the festival for comedy shows and, of course, drinks. If you’re not in Austin for the fest this weekend, no worries! We got the secret recipe to make this complex and bitter cocktail at home.
What Justin says about this drink: “Loosely based on the classic ‘Artist’s Special’ I present – in honor of the miserable lot that we all know comedians to be – the ‘Artist’s Lament.’ Basically it has a lot of the tasting notes of an Artist’s Special but it’s way more bitter and it’s definitely smoking about a pack a day.”
Sounds good to us! Bottoms up to the weekend, let’s laugh and lament.
The Artist’s Lament
1 oz Dolin Vermouth Dry
1 oz Bigallet Amer China-China
.5 oz (1:1) Simple Syrup
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Port Charlotte Islay Scotch Whisky
Swizzle together with crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.
Don’t know about where ya’ll are, but in NYC this weekend we finally had some serious spring weather — as in break out the bubbly and brunch all day spring weather.
In the spirit of the season, here’s an effervescent spring cocktail that combined beautiful berries, some nice tart homemade lemonade flavor, and of course booze.
Prosecco Raspberry Lemonade
- 1 Bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
- 1/8 Cup Sugar
- 1/8 Cup Lemon Sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Rind, Grated
- 1 Cup Mashed Raspberries
- Combine sugar and juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil
- Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves
- Remove from heat
- Stir in lemon rind and ½ cup of mashed raspberries
- Combine mixture and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in pitcher
- Sprinkle remaining raspberries among the glasses
Happy Opening Day! Today we’re celebrating the start of baseball season with lots of bourbon. Wait, bourbon? Yes, bourbon. Think beyond the Kentucky Derby, because this versatile liquor is great for spring and summer sipping during any sporting event, including baseball.
Today we used the classic Four Roses bourbon to create the RBI… no, not Run Batted In, the Raspberry Blackberry Infusion! We combined Four Roses with fresh berries to create a sweet, flavorful infused bourbon, then shook it with local honey and bitters and served it on the rocks for a refreshing libation perfect for drinking while watching your favorite team.
The Four Roses RBI Cocktail
Haven’t heard any updates from the nation’s capital yet, but here in Brooklyn the cherry blossoms are juuuuust starting to peek out — despite the wintry weather that is probably making them curl back up in their buds this morbid Monday. Snowy start to spring or not, I’m ready for some spring-season drinking, and when I think spring, I think cherries. This cocktail splits the difference between the kind of weather we’re supposed to be having and what we’re actually experiencing — a tart, fruity, but warm and filling spring-meets-winter drink.
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After a long winter, it is high time we get ourselves into spring drinking season. I don’t know about you, but by my calendar it is just about time to start thinking about sitting outside with an icy, fruity beverage. Yes, I know it is still snowing outside. No, I don’t care. This cocktail o’clock special comes from the Renaissance Montreal hotel — where I am certain it is still snowing, so if they’re already thinkin’ about spring drinkin’ you can too.
The East Cocktail
· 1.5 oz. Hennessy V.S.
· 1.5 oz. Sake
· 1 oz. Lime juice
· 1 oz. Lemongrass syrup
· 1 oz. Pomegranate juice
· 0.5 oz. Egg white
Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Filter the drink with a cocktail strainer into an Old Fashioned glass, already filled with ice.
It may still be February, but the warm weather we had this past weekend has me thinking spring. When I think about the start of spring I think about St. Patrick’s Day. When I think about St. Patrick’s Day I think about the genuine, authentic displays of Irish-American heritage that fill pubs throughout New York. I’m just kidding. Let’s talk about booze.
Here’s a new cocktail recipe that let’s you celebrate St. Patrick’s — or any other day — with class. No green beer, please. Instead let’s take actual Irish beer (Guinness) and use its deep, stout-y flavor to liven up a citrusy whiskey cocktail.