10 Texas-Themed Alcoholic Drinks You Have to Try
What’s better than an ice-cold drink to help you cool off in hot Texas weather? Why, a Texas-themed drink of course! While sitting on your porch, at an event, a cookout or a party, there’s no better way to show your patriotism for the great lone star state than by trying out some exciting Texas-themed alcoholic drinks.
You may have come across a few of these before, or maybe you’ve never had of any at all, but we can assure you that here below are 10 Texas-themed drinks you have to try at least once in your life. They’re guaranteed to breathe life into any gathering and fun to make. Plus, most Texan bartenders, bars, and restaurants serve them up so they won’t be too difficult to find whenever you find yourself craving a drink that screams, ‘sweet home Texas’.
Tipsy Texas Tea
Tea is a staple in Texas and one way we like to spice it up is by adding some tequila and lemon juice. These ingredients transform it into the perfect cocktail. We all know the summers in Texas can get quite hot, and it’s a great idea to have a Texan staple with your own twist nearby to help quench your thirst and provide some relief from the heat. You can make this drink by adding sun tea, which is tea you make by putting a tea bag in a mason jar of water and leaving out in the sun to brew. Then, you add a generous amount of tequila and lemon juice. Shake it up real nice and add a few lemon slices to garnish your Tipsy Texas Tea.
The Texas Hurricane drink is popular for its stealthy effect on your senses. One minute you’re sipping on this delicious cocktail and the next you’ve reached the bottom of the glass because it’s just that good! The Texas Hurricane is made with different kinds of rum including coconut rum and regular rum, vodka, gin, triple sec, grenadine syrup, pineapple, and orange juice. Get a nice tall hurricane glass, fill it halfway with ice, and then combine all the ingredients in the glass before stirring it up with a spoon. You can add a slice of lime, a cherry, or a slice of orange to the top of your glass as garnishing.
Texas Prairie Fire
As the name implies, this drink is one hot drink! The texas prairie Fire is one Texan themed drink everyone should try at least once even if you’re not a fan of “hot” drinks. It just might change your mind. Yup! It’s just that good so don’t let the fiery name and appearance scare you away. This drink is made with tequila, lime juice and a splash of Tabasco sauce. You won’t be needing any ice for this drink, simply combine all the ingredients in a shot glass. Take a deep breath and knock it back like a champ!
The Texas Tornado is a simple drink with just three ingredients, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch! This yummy drink is the perfect solution to a hot summer day and can be made by pretty much anyone. You don’t have to be a skilled mixologist to get it right. You’ll need some pineapple juice, Sprite, and some Southern Comfort. Combine all the ingredients together, give it a little shake, and pour the mixture into a glass of ice. Leave it for a few minutes to chill, and then your Texas Tornado is ready to be enjoyed!
Texas-style Bloody Mary
Could we have a Texas-themed drink list without at least one spicy drink? I think not! This Texan take on the classic Bloody Mary will appeal to spicy drinks lovers who like that extra kick in their food (as well as in their drink). This rich, red combo is made with Bloody Mary mix, Peppar vodka, fresh jalapeños, a spear of pickled asparagus limes or lemons, olives, and olive juice. To make this drink, fill up your glass (but not to the brim) with ice, stick your jalapeño slice, asparagus spear, and a skewer of bacon in it. Then, pour the Peppar vodka and Bloody Mary mix in equal part into your glass of ice and squeeze in the limes/lemon and olive juice. Stir your drink and enjoy your spicy mix!
Texas Roadhouse Cowboy Quencher
If you want to feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical island for a fun-filled vacation, then the Texas Roadhouse Cowboy Quencher is the drink you should try. This undoubtedly sexy drink is made with coconut rum, peach schnapps, orange and pineapple juice, as well as grenadine. It doesn’t take too long to make. If you’re feeling like trying out your skills as a mixologist, you can put the delicious rum and schnapps into a glass, add a bit of grenadine (a splash would do) and equal amounts of orange and pineapple juice. Shake, shake, shake, and sip!
Tito’s Texas Sipper
Nothing makes a cocktail more Texan themed than being made with liquor by a Texan native. Tito’s Texas Sipper is a delicious, fruity drink that not only tastes refreshing but looks refreshing too! To make one, you’ll need Tito’s handmade vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, club soda, and grapefruit juice. Mix the vodka, grapefruit juice and liquor in a shaker with ice and give it a nice long shake. Pour it into a glass with ice and top it all off with a splash of club soda or sparkling water and add a mint leaf as garnish.
Blood Orange Mojito
This brightly colored drink is another Texan themed drink everyone needs to try. Its citrusy flavor and the twang of white rum helps you relax on a hot summer day. To make this drink you’ll need blood oranges (duh) sliced and juiced, limes, mint leaves, agave syrup, white rum, and sparkling water. Add the mint leaves and lime juice into a shaker and use a wooden spoon to crush the leaves. Pour in the rum, blood orange juice, agave syrup, and ice. Give it a nice shake and then serve in a tall glass. Top it off with sparkling water, mint leaves, and lime.
The Texan Gentleman
This classic Texan drink will have you all warmed up in no time. Like it’s namesake, the drink is welcoming and strong; something you can lean into after a long day. It’s kind of like an old-fashioned, but with a Texan twist that makes it truly unique to its southern roots. To make a Texan Gentleman, you’ll need blended Texan whiskey, Caffe Del Fuego, Fee Brothers Aztec chocolate bitters, and an orange peel to make the perfect garnish. Put some ice in a rocks glass, mix all the ingredients in a jar, and pour it into the glass. Top it all off with an orange peel.
Last but not least is one of the most popular drinks in Texas. This fresh and fruity drink is what some call the cousin of the famous margarita. According to some sources, it is the most popular cocktail in Texas. The Paloma is the perfect burst of brightness to add to your day while you recline on your porch in the summer. To make a Paloma, you’ll need some grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, agave, sparkling water, and a pinch of salt. Mix the grapefruit and lime juice, agave, and water. Let it sit nice and pretty for some time so the flavors can mature. After about an hour in the fridge, add the tequila and salt and serve into ice-filled glasses. Top off your drink with sparkling water and a wedge of lime or grapefruit.
There you have it, 10 Texas-themed drinks you absolutely must try. There’s something for everyone. Whether you prefer your drinks sweet and colorful or dark and strong, there’s a Texan cocktail that suits you perfectly.