Eff Cuc ($10)
An easy-sipping drink enhances the cool cuke with little more than lime and vodka. The bartender combines Effen Cucumber Vodka with housemade cucumber syrup and shakes it up. A black deep sea salt rims the glass for a brackish accent.
Cuidado Piso Mojado ($10)
The warning is in the name. If the housemade habanero sweet & sour mix isn't hot enough, muddled jalapenos (with seeds and membranes in) kick the Scoville Scale heat level even higher. Shake it up with Peligroso Tequila and St. Germain and the spicy margarita is ready for sipping from the salt rim.
(Wondering what the name means? Look more closely at the next plastic "wet floor" sign you see.)
The Reunited ($10)
The name pays homage to Peaches & Herb, the vocalist duo with hits such as Shake Your Groove Thing. Here, sage brings an earthy element to sweet Texas peaches. Full-bodied OG Brandy (seriously, Original Gangster) and Cointreau finish it off.
Prince Edward's Ass ($10)
This is Swift Attic's play on the gingery Moscow Mule. To Maine Root Ginger Brew they add Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whiskey. Forty Creek is an oaky, nutty, and spicy whiskey distilled in small batches in Prince Edward Island, hence the cocktail's name. (Mule, ass, you get the point.) They looked for a drier whiskey to coax out the ginger beer's subtle bitterness.
The Razercrac ($10)
In place of the rye whiskey in the traditional Sazerac, the bartender uses Chopin Rye Vodka, a Polish rye vodka, for a lighter interpretation. The Pernod absinthe rinse and Peychaud's bitters are still there but he also adds a jigger of Punt E Mes to round this woodsy drink off with a bitter cherry finish.
The Negroni Please ($10)
Instead of gin, they use Barenjager Honey Bourbon, which Jeff Hammett says "takes the bite away" from the drink. Sweet Vermouth and Campari remain the same and an additional dash of rhubarb bitters helps to integrate the drink's flavors.
Lucy's Fur ($10)
This juicy drink is a rendition of Satan's Whisker, a cocktail made with gin, Grand Marnier, and orange juice. Here, the bar team decided to drop the sweet and dry vermouth, add a dash of orange bitters, and serve it on the rocks for the approaching Texas summer. The result is a citrus-forward drink on the sweeter side. In case if you're wondering, Lucy's Fur is named after the San Diego rock band, Lucy's Fur Coat.
The Almost Famous ($10)
Roxor Artisan Gin, sweet vermouth, Green Chartreuse, and orange bitters combine in this bright, aromatic drink. Its herbal notes evolve as the ice melts and the citrus juice and oils permeate the cocktail. The Roxor Gin was chosen for its citrus peel character and because it's distilled in Texas.
"Drinking this will make you feel like a pirate," explained Jeff Hammett. Served in a goblet, this beer cocktail, made with Captain Morgan's Black Rum, lime, and White Rascal, a Belgian white ale from Avery Brewing, is one burly thirst-quencher. It's sweetened with mead from Texas Mead Works near San Antonio. The gulper has vanilla on the nose and is surprisingly tart.
The Randy Watson ($10)
And for dessert, how about some "Sexual Chocolate"? Chocolate liqueur, Franboise, and cream are shaken until frothy and tastes just like a raspberry frozen hot chocolate. As a twist, the bartender adds Hangar One Chipotle Vodka to this creamy concoction, a heat that cuts through the sweetness and tingles the lips.