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Posted: June 27, 2013

Sip into summertime with these refreshing drinks


            Sip into summertime with these refreshing drinks
Jasmine iced green tea for REAL summer pitcher and drinks credit: Knoxy 5/27/13

            Sip into summertime with these refreshing drinks
Zocalo Cafe’s Horchata Colada

            Sip into summertime with these refreshing drinks
Jasmine iced tea

            Sip into summertime with these refreshing drinks
Liberty Tavern’s Bergstrom

By Nicole Villalpando

American-Statesman Staff

Veterans of Austin summers know how to greet the heat: with flavorful, ice-cold drinks, from retro lemonade to innovative margaritas, preferably made in large batches to be served and enjoyed with friends and family.

We found easy-to-make recipes from Austin restaurants and paired them with deliciously designed vessels for a Hill Country-inspired afternoon of thirst-quenching entertaining.

Fresh and colorful

Opal Divine’s Morning Glory

8 mint leaves

1½ oz. simple syrup or 6 white sugar cubes

2 fresh-pressed limes or 4 oz. lime juice

3 oz. Waterloo gin

3 oz. pomegranate juice

Club soda

Fill carafe with ice.

In a pint glass, muddle mint, simple syrup or sugar and lime juice then add gin and pomegranate juice.

Add ice and shake like a rock star. Pour in carafe and top with club soda. Add a lime wheel to garnish on the side of carafe.

Fills 33.6 ounce carafe.

Pinch carafe, $22.95 at Crate & Barrel.

Spain meets the Hill Country

Lavender-infused Sangria

This recipe from Terry Thompson-Anderson’s “The Texas Hill Country” is credited to Travis “Sibby” Barrett at Onion Creek Kitchens.

Lavender syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. of dried culinary lavender buds

In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and add lavender buds. Cover and allow to stand for 1 hour. Strain into a glass container, cover and keep refrigerated for up to a few weeks.


1 large orange, sliced

1 lime, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

¼ cup good brandy

Lavender syrup, to taste (see above)

1 bottle red wine

1 bottle club soda

In a large glass pitcher, combine the fruit slices. Add the brandy, lavender syrup and wine. Stir to blend well. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours. When ready to serve, fill wine glasses with ice and fill glasses one-half to two-thirds with the sangria mixture. Top with desired amount of club soda. Take out a few of the fruit slices and add to glasses.

Fills 48-ounce pitcher.

Ona pitcher, $24.95, and stemless wine glasses, $2.95 each, both at Crate & Barrel.

Take the sting out of summer

P. Terry’s Lemonade

1¼ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

¾ cup sugar


Combine lemon juice and sugar in a pitcher. Fill with with filtered cold water. Stir, add ice cubes and slices of lemon.

Fills a 32-ounce pitcher.

Beehive 2.4-gallon beverage dispenser from Home Essentials, $26.95 at Walmart.

Southern classic, with a twist

Zhi’s Sparkling Jasmine Iced Tea

4 Tbsp. dry Jasmine Green Zhi Tea

3 cups steaming water

3 cups sparkling water or sparkling wine


Honey syrup (optional)

Steep the tea in 3 cups of hot water for 3 minutes. Be mindful of water temperature and time as to not oversteep the tea. Pour steeped tea into half-gallon pitcher over ice.

Add sparkling water or wine to the pitcher of tea. Taste. You can sweeten further using a honey syrup if you like. To make a honey syrup, simply melt 2 parts honey to 1 part hot water.

Pour over cups filled with ice and enjoy. Garnish with whole strawberries.

Fills 64-ounce pitcher.

Miguel wine carafe, $21.95, and Miguel wine glasses, $7.95, both at Crate & Barrel.

Life’s a pitcher of cherries

Liberty Tavern’s Bergstrom

10 oz. lime juice

20 oz. Waterloo gin (substitute club soda for nonalcoholic version)

30 Maraschino cherries

5 tsp. simple syrup

Assemble all ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Serve in a glass with ice.

Fills a 32-ounce pitcher.

Iris pitcher, $21, and Iris glass, $8, both at Breed & Co.

A different kind of heat

Tacos & Tequila’s Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

5-6 cucumbers, sliced

1 jalapeño, sliced

15 oz. Milagro Silver tequila


10 oz. lime juice

5 oz. water

5 oz. agave nectar

Muddle cucumbers and jalapeño together in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake in a shaker in batches or use a blender to mix.

Fills 64-ounce pitcher

Aqua Mojito pitcher, $61, and Cabo margarita glasses, $12.98 each, at Breed & Co.

If you like piña coladas…

Zocalo Cafe’s Horchata Colada

1 bottle Tiki Bay rum wine or brandy to taste

1 can CoCo Lopez, cream of coconut

1 cup pineapple juice

1½ cups Horchata

Mix together and blend with ice for a frozen drink.

Fills 64-ounce pitcher.

Boathouse fish pitcher and glasses, $12.99 for set, and tray, $9.99, at HomeGoods.

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