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Raspberry Whiskey Sour

This Raspberry Whiskey Sour has quickly become one of our favorites, despite the practically limitless ways there are to enjoy your preferred whiskey. The slight vanilla bean flavor from the TX Whiskey mixed with the lemon and raspberry give it just the right amount of sweet and sour. (Like Sour Patch Kids, but better.)

You can throw this cocktail together so easily using so few ingredients. The typical whiskey sour contains sugar and sometimes egg white – for the adventurous type- but we like to keep things simple. The less sugar a drink has the better: sugar = hangover (amiright?!)

Here’s what you’ll need to make this TAB Original:

3 ounces whiskey (We use TX Whiskey for the best flavor)
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1.5 ounce Paula’s Texas Lemon
fresh muddled raspberries + some to garnish

Muddle your raspberries in the bottom of your cocktail glass. Add remaining ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake well, and strain over ice or straight into your glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

There you have it. Even those who are not huge fans of whiskey will love this simple sweet and sour Raspberry Whiskey Sour. Firestone and Robertson is a local Dallas distillery and we highly recommend going for a tasting if you are in the DFW area. Note: their tours sell out quick so make sure you plan ahead!


May 11, 2017

Strawberry Frozé

Summer is almost here which means a batch of poolside and patio drinks are underway at TAB. This Strawberry Frozé is first up and its definitely one you will want in your recipe book this year! We try to only create and promote quick and easy cocktails that won’t have you slaving away in the kitchen, and even though his one takes prep time a day in advance it is super simple and can be thrown together in under 10 minutes.

This mixture of frozen strawberries, agave & dry rose will have you feeling refreshed under the hot summer sun in no time.

16 oz dry rosé wine
1 lb of fresh strawberries
3 tbsp of agave

Remove all stems from your strawberries. In a blender or food processor combine the strawberries, rose and agave. Blend together until smooth(be careful not to over blend where it becomes foamy). In a 9×12 baking dish pour the blended cocktail into a thin layer. Place the dish flat in the freezer for at least 12 hours or for best results 1 day in advance. To serve scrape with a fork to until the entire mix has been shredded into fine ice. Scoop with a spoon and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with sliced strawberries on top.

*You can use any kind of pan you have on hand just make sure you get a thin layer to freeze. If you pour it too thick it won’t freeze or break up well.


May 8, 2017

Kombucha Whiskey Cocktail

We are so excited to add our peach kombucha whiskey cocktail to the blog! A cocktail rich in antioxidants can only be good for you right? At least we think so!

This simple recipe is flavorful and refreshing, and will make you feel good about sipping it! The combination of whiskey, fruit, and kombucha come together to create a classy cocktail full of good energy. The peach mint Kombucha is sweet, tangy, and the perfect addition to a good bottle of whiskey. Buddha’s Brew is the brand we like best for making cocktails with since it has just the right balance of sweet/sour.

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make. Only 3 ingredients and super fast to throw together whenever you have that whiskey craving.

4 oz buddha’s brew peach mint kombucha
2 oz whiskey (we love Eagle Rare which is definitely worth trying if you can find it)
4-6 fresh mint leaves for garnish
whiskey ice ball or cubes

In a glass combine the kombucha & whiskey then give a gentle stir with a stirring spoon. Top with an ice ball or whiskey cubes, garnish with a mint leaf (or 2) and enjoy!


April 27, 2017

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

If you liked our Ginger Beer Paloma – you will definitely want to try out this Spicy Cucumber Margarita.

It seems like a weird combination – spicy and alcohol (or does it?) – but it is surprisingly so tasty and refreshing. The cucumber provides the smooth, cooling taste while the fresh jalapeño gives it just the right bite.

The best part is that this cocktail is made with 100% real ingredients, and not any of that sugary mix that people usually use to make margaritas.


3 oz. silver agave tequila
1 tbs agave nectar
2 large limes, juiced
1 medium navel orange, juiced
peeled and sliced cucumber (about 4-5 slices)
sliced fresh jalapeño (typically about 2-3, but depends on how spicy you want it)
salt for rim

Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip in salt. Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Pour into glass – sip and do a happy dance.

100% fresh and 100% natural is how we prefer to drink our cocktails.


April 20, 2017

Strawberry Blonde Beerita

When we say this Strawberry Blonde Beerita is summertime in a glass we are not exaggerating, this is definitely the perfect poolside or patio cocktail.

This recipe is easy to make and is crisp & refreshing between the lime margarita flavor mixed with the blonde beer. Sometimes flavored beers can be overwhelming but this one is so subtle and light, its a new favorite! We love to use locally made products as much as possible and we are definitely lucky to have such great craft beers here in Texas!

Here’s how you make our Beerita:

1 small naval orange
3 limes
3 oz. silver tequila
1 tbs. agave nectar
3 strawberries
2 Strawberry Blonde Shiner beers – find where you can buy some here
Himalayan sea salt (for glass rim)

In a shaker (ours is this one from Anthropologie), muddle the strawberries as much as possible. Squeeze in the orange juice and lime juice. Add tequila and agave. Load about halfway with ice, and shake it like a polaroid picture (bringing the early 2000’s vibes back, oh yeah). Swipe a lime wedge around 1/2 of your cocktail glass and dip in the sea salt. Pour the strawberry margarita into your glass, and top with a crisp, ice cold Strawberry Blonde Shiner. Garnish with sliced strawberry and lime, or plop them in there for added flavor.

Go sit on your patio or by a pool pronto, and enjoy!


April 5, 2017

Ginger Beer Paloma

Fresh & simple Ginger Beer Paloma Cocktail – Our take on a classic drink with an added funky ginger twist.

Any day is a great day for tequila (especially hump day), but after National Margarita Day (and too many margaritas in general) – we wanted to change things up a bit.

The combination is simple. These are just classic Paloma cocktails, but with ginger beer instead of club soda. 

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoons honey – use less if you don’t want it as sweet
1/4 cup tequila (if you prefer a more tequila taste, add more)
1/4 cup ginger beer – or just fill to rim
Himalayan salt for the rim
grapefruit/ lime slices for garnishing

Pour grapefruit juice, lime juice, honey, and tequila into a shaker with ice. Shake well. Then, pour your cocktail into salt rimmed margarita glass – top with ginger beer. Add a small wedge of grapefruit and lime for garnish, if desired. 

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner – make this your signature cocktail and you will be the life of the party.


March 22, 2017

Raspberry and Thyme Prosecco

Our Raspberry Thyme Prosecco cocktail is perfect for when you don’t have much thyme, but want to make the perfect cocktail in a quick prosecco. Corny jokes aside, this cocktail requires little effort but is so incredibly delicious! If you don’t have time to make the thyme simple syrup, don’t fret. It’s just as good with a fresh sprig in there though it will taste more raspberry-y and you won’t get as much of the herb flavor.

3-4 raspberries
2 Thyme Sprigs (for garnish)
½ Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup
¼ Tbsp. Raspberry Liqueur (or raspberry vodka)
1 bottle of dry Prosecco – *NOT SWEET*

Muddle 3-4 raspberries in the bottom of your champagne glass. In a separate cocktail mixing glass add the simple syrup, raspberry liqueur/vodka, and about 5 oz. of Prosecco. Gently stir and once mixed carefully pour into the champagne glass over the fresh raspberries. *Be careful with the carbonation to pour slowly so it does not overflow.  Lastly garnish the glasses with raspberries and thyme sprigs.

This raspberry and thyme cocktail highlights these beautiful and bold flavors in the best way, and is the perfect drink to serve for brunch over the weekend or any special occasion!

Be on the lookout for our post on how we make and store all different simple syrups for our cocktails ahead of time.


March 9, 2017

Blackberry Gin & Tonic

We love a good Gin and Tonic in all it’s simplicity but this blackberry gin & tonic takes the classic to a whole new level.  If you’re not a gin fan or unsure, the gin in this cocktail discretely hides beneath the fresh muddled blackberry flavor! The best part about our recipe is no simple syrup is required; its quick and easy to mix together and is refreshing on the soul!

Ingredients (makes two cocktails)
10 blackberries
6 ounces gin
tonic water

Drop 5 blackberries into the bottom of your cocktail glasses. Muddle the berries until they are juicy and fully crushed. Fill each glass to the top with crushed ice. In a shaker add 6 ounces of gin and a splash of tonic. Shake well and pour over ice.


March 1, 2017

Manhattan with a Dallas View

We’ve got the city of Dallas in our Manhattan, literally. (The definition of serendipity, ha!) I know we aren’t the only ones who have seen people order a Manhattan in movies or tv shows and wonder what it tasted like. Right? I can’t believe with the whiskey lovers we are we have never tried one. Well, today that changed!

It’s safe to say that the Manhattan is now one of our favorite cocktails. The blend of the sweet vermouth and the bing cherries give it the taste of a cocktail without the sugar overload. So incredibly simple to make too.

2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon (must be a rye – we used Two Stars bourbon)
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes angostura bitters
bing cherries to garnish and add in for extra flavor

Stir liquid ingredients in cocktail mixing glass with ice, like this one. Strain into your  cocktail glass, and garnish with cherries. We like the Bada Bing brand cherries that we found at Total Wine.

This drink will have you feeling city-chic in 5 seconds flat, all you need to top it off is a perfect city view.

Stay Classy & Enjoy!

February 23, 2017

Apricot Sage Rosé

You can never go wrong with a glass of a good dry sparkling rose, but when you dress it up with additional flavors- it becomes a perfect cocktail. This apricot & sage rosé is perfect for any spring or summer day, but why stop there? Use this recipe for any special pink occasion: Valentine’s day, a baby shower, or birthday party!  This recipe won’t disappoint.

Make sure to pick a dry Rosé when making this recipe. You don’t want to overdo the sweetness.

For the Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 bunches of fresh sage leaves

For the Cocktails
fresh-squeezed juice from 3 apricots
sage simple syrup
ice cubes
fresh sage leaves for garnish

To make the simple syrup: combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the sage and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the sage. Transfer the simple syrup to a clean resealable container and store it in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

To make the cocktails: vigorously shake 1/4 cup of fresh apricot juice and 2 tablespoons of the sage simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with about 1/2 cup of rose and garnish with fresh sage leaves


February 13, 2017