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The Trace of Texas Cocktail has been Invented (Recipe Included)  

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My friend Michael Parker has invented the Trace of Texas cocktail, using Texas-sourced ingredients. I know that cucumber in a cocktail sounds weird but we have served the cocktail to a bunch of people now and every single one of them loved it. It is available at Opal Divine's in Austin but it will soon be available at bars around the state, the goal being that, in 10 years, you'll be able to walk into a bar in Beaumont, order a Trace of Texas, and the bartender will know how to make it. The recipes are below.  I decided to go with Desert Door sotol because the sotol plant is native to Texas, because it is wild-harvested from a ranch near Dryden (i.e. it's not farmed) and because they're committed to sustainability.

Trying the First Trace of Texas cocktails

The Story:

I was at my favorite bar in Austin, Opal Divine's, on a typically warm Austin day.   Michael Parker, the owner of Opals, has been my bartender for about 30 years. I told Michael that I'd like something refreshing but that I was feeling "margarita-ed out."  I added that, being that I am Traces of Texas, it would be great if the cocktail was made with Texas-sourced ingredients. Michael thought for a few minutes and came up with this, which we call the Trace of Texas and it is delicious.  In all honesty, I'm not even that big of a cucumber fan and but I love this cocktail. It's drinkable, refreshing, and it doesn't feel like it's weighing me down.   While I was drinking the first-ever Trace of Texas cocktail,  Michael said "I know that you are frequently down on the border and that your friends down there can be a bit rowdier than folks here in Austin. I wonder what would happen if we spiced it up a little bit."   That's when Michael created what we call the "Trace of Texas/Border Style," which takes the basic Trace of Texas cocktail, adds a bit of jalapeno and is rimmed with Tajin seasoning, which can be purchased pretty much anywhere, including HEB and online.  All I can say is that Michael is a magician, and I think that if you make yourself a Trace of Texas, you'll agree.

There are two versions of the Trace of Texas cocktail, regular and border style. Both are easy to make.

 

 

Trace of Texas

1.5 oz Desert Door Original Texas Sotol

.5 oz Paula’s Texas Grapefruit Liqueur

1 oz Fresh Pressed Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice (or store-bought Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice)

1 teaspoon (1/6 oz)  Agave Nectar

1 Slice cucumber

 

 

In a mixing glass muddle the cucumber slice with grapefruit juice and agave nectar

Add Desert Door Original Texas Sotol, Paula’s Texas Grapefruit Liqueur and ice, cap and shake vigorously.

Strain into an old-fashioned glass over new ice.

Garnish with a grapefruit or orange slice cut into a star shape!

 

 Trace of Texas/Border Style

1.5 oz Desert Door Original Texas Sotol

.5 oz Paula’s Texas Grapefruit Liqueur

1 oz Fresh Pressed Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice (or store-bought Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice)

1 teaspoon (1/6 oz) Agave Nectar

1 Slice cucumber

1 Slice jalapeño, de-seeded

Tajin seasoning for rimming the glass

 

 In a mixing glass muddle the cucumber slice and jalapeño with grapefruit juice and agave nectar

Add Desert Door Original Texas Sotol, Paula’s Texas Grapefruit Liqueur and ice, cap and shake vigorously.

Strain into an old-fashioned glass rimmed with Tajin seasoning over new ice

Garnish with a grapefruit or orange slice cut into a star shape!

*Any agave nectar will work, but there are several Texas brands available, like Wholesome Sweeteners brand)

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Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.

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Posted : 29th December 2021 6:31 pm