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There are so many great ways to celebrate Texas Independence Day, but here at Austin.com, we can’t think of a better way than sipping on a spirit concocted right here in the Lone Star State. With so many options to choose from, we could go on and on and on… though our livers can not. So, with that in mind, we chose to feature just five liquors made in the great state of Texas. Cheers, y’all!
Whisky | Balcones Distilling’s Texas Single Malt
Waco based makers of the original Texas whisky, Balcones Distilling is one of the most recognized craft distillers in Texas. Their Baby Blue variety was the first Texas whisky on the market post Prohibition. But it’s their award-winning Texas No. 1 Single Malt that we love best. It truly does exemplify the strong culture and unique attributes of The Lone Star State.
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Vodka | Deep Eddy’s Various Flavors
No matter what your flavor, Deep Eddy has an option for you. Varieties available for purchase include peach, cranberry, lemon, ruby red, orange, and sweet tea. Out at the tasting room they sometimes offer experimental flavors as well. However, you don’t have the option to celebrate Texas Independence Day out at the Dripping Springs locale as they are only open Thursday through Sunday.
Rum | Treaty Oak Barrel Reserve
Dripping Springs is a popular place to house a distillery. It’s also home to Treaty Oak, which serves up varieties of Whisky, Rum, and Gin, distilled by sister brand Waterloo. Though their rum has been off the market, in honor of Texas Independence Day, they’re bringing it back to the shelves! You can show off your Lone Star pride and support Texas innovators by raising a glass out at Treaty Oak on Monday, March 2. The’ll be offering tours from 1 to 6 p.m., sharing how they make their Texas Spirits and focusing on the historic heritage of their Hill Country property.
Tequila | Republic Tequila
Let’s be honest here, tequila really is the perfect way to toast Texas Independence Day. And seeing that Republic comes in a bottle shaped like the state, we’d be remiss not to add them to the list. Like the state it’s named after, Republic Tequila is crafted with passion and determination. Extra Añejo variety is their crown jewel, carefully distilled from mature blue agave, which is hand picked in the rugged fields of Jalisco, Mexico, where tequila originated.
Sotol | Desert Door
Sotol is apparently the first alcoholic beverage that was ever consumed in Texas, dating back to as early as 800 years ago. Unique to northern Mexico and Texas, the evergreen sotol plant, or Desert Spoon, plant is at peace in the barren, bone dry expanse of the desert. Though it looks familiar, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s agave. The creation of sotol is an interesting process you can learn all about at Desert Door’s distillery in Driftwood, open Thursdays through Sundays.
And that’s not all! We also asked reader’s to send their faves and discovered there are lots of whisky/ bourbon drinkers out there! In addition to Balcones, our readers recommend: Garrison Brothers, Ben Milam, Yellow Rose Distilling, and Rebecca Creek Distillery.
If you’re looking for some mixed drink ideas utilizing vodka, tequila, sotol and more, check out this post we shared to celebrate the holiday season.