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Balcones Distilling

Balcones Distilling is Fiercely independent. Creative and bold. The evolution of tradition. The iconic Balcones Distillery is located in the heart of Waco, Texas. Master Distiller Jared Himstedt and his team have been at the forefront of the grain to glass craft distilling movement in Texas for the last ten years. Their unique passion, curiosity, and drive to create authentic Texas whisky manifests in a deep human connection with their spirits. Balcones has a commitment to honesty and transparency; they are whisky educators and ambassadors, with a focus on community investment. After a few cocktails or a flight in their tasting room, follow along on one of their in-depth public tours or attend one of their many events or masterclasses – their dedication to craft becomes apparent. Balcones Distilling distills a wide variety of products, so you are sure to find something for everyone. 

Bourbon Salt

Bourbon Salt

Salt is a critical ingredient in most recipes but it does not have to be boring. You can create your own infused bourbon salt. The process brings out the sugary caramel aromas from the bourbon. The aromas combined with the brown color will make you think it is brown...

Smoking Gun Cocktail

Smoking Gun Cocktail

Aaron Pollack, the bar manager of The Dawson's in Chicago created the Smoking Pistol Cocktail. We modified the drink to fit our tastes and call it the Smoking Gun Cocktail.    The smoking gun cocktail is a cross between two classics the Rob Roy and the Vieux Carre....

Sazerac Cocktail

Sazerac Cocktail

The Sazerac Cocktail is one of my favorite whiskey cocktails. The simple yet potent cocktail is one of the, if not the oldest cocktails in the United States. The mystery, intrigue, and sophistication of the cocktail will make a Teetotaler curious. There are a couple...

Rye and Coffee Brisket

Rye and Coffee Brisket

Barbecue is a staple of Texas Cuisine and the king of the cuisine is Brisket! It is how a judge the quality of a BBQ joint, it is the cut of meat we all want to master, some have, and some of us are still trying. We fall in the latter, but through years of attempts,...

Balcones Rye Manhattan

Balcones Rye Manhattan

The truth is no one knows who or where the Manhattan Cocktail was invented. In truth, it does not matter. I want to share the Balcones Rye Manhattan with you. I do feel some history is appropriate. The Manhattan Cocktail According to Wikipedia, a popular history...

Balcones Rye Glazed Turkey

Balcones Rye Glazed Turkey

Turkey can be tough to cook. Use our Balcones Rye Glazed Turkey recipe and be the king of Thanksgiving. We used a 4 lb turkey breast, but increase the ingredients and it works for a full turkey.   The recipe is simple but requires some planning. Depending on the size...

Texas Lemonade

Texas Lemonade

Summertime in Texas can be brutally hot at times. So hot some people say they can't drink whiskey. Lemonade though is an ice-cold drink that will be your best friend on a hot summer day. It is a tangly, delicious, and savorous drink that pairs perfectly with a strong...

Grain to Glass Whiskey

Grain to Glass Whiskey

Get ten people in the room, and you will get ten different answers to the question "what is your favorite whiskey?" Palettes differ, one person may enjoy a robust bourbon-style while another enjoys a whiskey on the sweeter side. There is no right or wrong; it just...

Texas Whiskey Beef Jerky

Texas Whiskey Beef Jerky

In Texas, BBQ is not a just some cuisine it is a passion with a dedicated following. Any at home aspiring pit masters, such as my self, know you always have a good drink on hand while cooking. While we prefer whiskey to wet our whistle, we want to share the...