My go-to at-home drinks are simple; wine (easy to open), champagne (for special occasions), Aperol Spritz (hello summertime) or martini (hello hard week!). I don’t make other cocktails at home as I like to reserve ordering those when I am out-something like a special treat. However, besides a martini, one of my other favorite cocktails is an Old Fashioned which has muddled sugar (or simple syrup), bitters, water and whiskey. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
I’ve never made one at home but have always wanted to so I could add it to my “hard week” repertoire. Well, when Dripping Springs-based Treaty Oak Distillery reached out to introduce me to a new product I was ecstatic. They offered me a sample of their Old Fashioned Cocktail, a ready-to-drink Old Fashioned. It is a 76 proof/39% alcohol (by comparison a chardonnay is about a 13.5-14.5%) drink made with their bourbon whiskey aged under the Texas sun, aromatic bitters, a touch of sugar and orange zest. All you have to do is open the bottle, pour over ice and enjoy.
I’m not going to lie, for some reason I was a little hesitant that the cocktail would be a watered down version of an Old Fashioned (I didn’t look at the alcohol content until after I took a sip) or it wouldn’t be balanced. However, I was very wrong. It is one of the best Old Fashioned I have ever had. And if you need any futher convincing to give this cocktail a try, my mom is a huge fan. That’s a big deal because she only drinks cocktails once in a blue moon. We both looked at each other and said, “well this is going to be a problem.” We meant problem because it’s well balanced, not alcohol-forward (once you let it breathe over ice), easy to make and most important, easy to drink. I hope you give this cocktail a try. To find their products near you HERE or order online HERE.
Also, if you’re in the Dripping Springs area (or want to come visit), you can visit Treaty Oaks and their 28 acre ranch. On the ranch you’ll find their distillery, Alice’s Restaurant, an open air bar and a tasting room.
Some other interesting tidbits about Treaty Oak (and Texas) include:
- Treaty Oak Distillery was founded in 2006 by Daniel Barnes and was one of four distilleries operating in Texas
- Treaty Oak Distillery is named after the famous 500-year old tree in Austin where Stephen F. Austin, known as the father of Texas, signed agreements defining the borders of Texas
- They also offer gin which is named Waterloo after the original name of the city of Austin. In 1839, the city was renamed from Waterloo to Austin to honor Stephen F. Austin and became the capital.
- They purchase all of their whiskey barrels from Louisville, Kentucky
- Their bourbon whiskey varieties are 80, 95 or 100 proof and are aged 1 year to 10 years.
- The distillery was moved in 2016 from North Austin to its current property