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Whiskey Wisdom

Sexy Bastard

Sexy Bastard

The story of the sexy bastard is a common tale of trial and error. Born from an odd mix of ingredients. This booze packed rosé and orange juice whiskey cocktail will leave you feeling sexy. Discussed in my five core whiskey cocktails once you know the basics you can...

Whiskey Tropic

Whiskey Tropic

A Caribbean rum cocktail and a Friend of the Festival inspired this drink. The Caribbean cocktail we are using as a guide is the Corn N' Oil. That drink uses blackstrap molasses rum. Since we use whiskey we will call this cocktail Whiskey Tropic.   Not using the...

Five Core Whiskey Cocktails

Five Core Whiskey Cocktails

I have and continue to make lots of whiskey cocktails to promote Texas Whiskey through the Festival social channels and blog series. Over time I have noticed similarities and common themes among different whiskey cocktails. From my point of view, most whiskey...

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...

Bourbon and Pineapple Cocktail

Bourbon and Pineapple Cocktail

The Bourbon and Pineapple (BAP) is a whiskey pineapple cocktail. This drink follows the model of a whiskey sour, minus the lemon juice. An airy and invigorating libation with a punch.   Trying to use what we have in the house I asked my wife what cocktail I should...

Best Texas Whiskey of 2020

Best Texas Whiskey of 2020

We are always asked what is the best Texas Whiskey? The truth is the best Texas Whiskey or whiskey, in general, is the one you like. At each festival, we do host a blind judging contest and award custom belt buckles to the winners. You could say these are the best...

Beggars Banquet

Beggars Banquet

Light and drinkable. Bourbon present with a creamy froth. Rounded by a hint of syrup sweetness. These are not what I would have thought when I stumbled upon the beggars banquet on liquor.com.     This cocktail is better described as a beer-tail. The base is a lager...

Totem Pole

Totem Pole

The Totem Pole is a cocktail we made in partnership with Davin Topel at Real Spirits Distilling. We know it is not whiskey, but damn it is a damn good spirit. We wanted to do something to highlight the amazing flavors in the spirit.   Totem is Davin's take on pechuga,...

Whiskey Hurricane

Whiskey Hurricane

The Whiskey Hurricane is a boozy sweet fruit bomb that will liven up any party. This cocktail is our take on the Hurricane Cocktail, made famous by the Pat O' Briens bar in New Orleans.   Like many drink recipes of the day they came about from an overabundance of a...

Suburban Cocktail

Suburban Cocktail

The suburban cocktail is a change-up to the traditional old-fashioned. A unique cocktail combining rye whiskey, rum and port.   The recipe first appeared in print in the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book. And the drink likely originated at the Waldorf’s bar, during the...

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....

Jalapeno Bourbon Bacon Jam

Jalapeno Bourbon Bacon Jam

We love brunch and wanted something that would bring an extra punch to toast. While Webster states that jam is food made by boiling fruit and sugar to a thick consistency, we like our take on jam as a savory, sweet, chunky spread with deep rich flavors. This Jalapeno...

About the Texas Whiskey Festival

The mission of the festival is simple: To help promote and enhance the brands of the many great distilleries throughout Texas. Along with promotion, we want to educate whiskey lovers about the many top-of-the-line whiskeys being produced in our great state. And we’re doing it all while having fun, drinking great whiskey, and building memorable experiences.

As an organization, we know that Texas has some of the best distilleries and whiskeys in the world. The Texas Whiskey Festival is an opportunity to showcase that.