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Cocktails Across Texas

Cocktails Across Texas

Every region of Texas is different, from the dialect and landscape to the food and drink. It’s one of the many things that makes Texas such an awesome place to live!

Join us as we explore the hippest sips around the Lone Star State!


The Paloma is a popular cocktail in the Rio Grande Valley, home to the Texas grapefruit. Its simplicity and refreshing deliciousness are what has kept it in the hands of Texans since it was first created in the 1950’s.


  • 2 oz. Teremana Blanco
  • ¼ oz. lime juice
  • 3 oz. grapefruit juice
  • splash of soda water
  • salt (optional)
  • lime wedge


  1. Pour all ingredients over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.
  2. Stir gently and garnish with a lime wedge.

Texas Chilton

If you’ve ever spent a summer in the Texas High Plains, you know how devastatingly hot it can be! So, it makes sense that this ridiculously refreshing cocktail is a favorite in this region.



  1. Rim a highball glass with salt, then fill with ice.
  2. Add vodka and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the glass with club soda and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with a lemon.

TX Whiskey Sour

The merging of big bold flavors in a good TX Whiskey Sour resembles the cohabitation of rural and urban life found in the North Central Texas area. It’s the perfect cocktail to shake up by the fire on a crisp fall evening.

Spec's Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • ¼ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. apricot preserves
  • 1 whole black peppercorn
  • lemon wedge


  1. Add the peppercorn to a mixing glass, and muddle until you have a coarse powder.
  2. Then: add whiskey, simple syrup, lemon juice and apricot preserves.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Shake.
  5. Strain into a rocks glass full of ice.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Ginger Buck

Nothing beats a day of fishing, except for kicking back with a thirst-quenching Ginger Buck after a long day on the water! That’s why this cocktail is popular all along the Texas coast where the fish swim free and the drinks come easy.
Spec's Ginger Buck Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 parts whiskey
  • 1 part lime juice
  • ⅓ parts fresh ginger
  • ½ parts simple syrup
  • sprig of rosemary (for garnish)
  • candied ginger (for garnish)


  1. Add fresh ginger in a cocktail shaker and muddle until fine.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and ice to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filed with ice.
  4. Garnish with a rosemary sprig & a piece of candied ginger on the rim.


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