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Cocktail Menu: Bar Congress in Austin, Texas

Good cocktail menus in Texas are sprouting like oil wells. (Maybe tumbleweeds? I'm at a loss for good Texas analogy.)

Adam Bryan, bar manager of Bar Congress in Ausin, sent me the menu. This bar is one of three venues in the Austonian residence tower and it just opened at the end of 2010.

I like it because of the multiple vinegar drinks.

HOUSE

ANISE ANISE
1934 Legendre Herbsaint · Peychaud’s Bitters · Lemon · Bundaberg Ginger Beer

CONGRESS GT
Cascade Hopped Gin · House Quinine · Grapefruit Bitters · Seltzer

PEAR SHAPED
Ransom Old Tom · Poached Pear Reduction · Prosecco

PREFERRED LIES*
Earl Grey Infused Bourbon · Apple Drinking Vinegar · Canton Ginger Foam

H Y D E PA R K
Rittenhouse Bonded Rye · Cynar · Punt e Mes

MESTIZO
Hacienda Sotol Blanco · Sour Orange + Lime · Scratch Grenadine · Arbol Chile

TA M TA M SW I Z Z L E
Crema de Mezcal · Batavia Arrack · Tamarind Gastrique · Lime · Seltzer

FORT Y NIGHTS
Smith + Cross Rum · Brooklyn Brown Ale · Fresh Cream · Nutmeg

ROWE’S ANTHEM
Cocchi Americano · Benedictine · Rose Water Pastis

FIGHTIN’ WORDS
True Blue Corn Whiskey · Yellow Chartreuse · Maraschino · Lemon


CLASSICS

AMERICANO
Campari · Dolin Red · Lemon Bitters · Seltzer

POMPIER HIGHBALL
Vya Dry Vermouth · Cassis · Seltzer · Grapes

H A N K Y PA N K Y
Plymouth Gin · Vya Red Vermouth · Fernet Branca

MARTINEZ
Anchor Genevieve · Carpano Antica Formula · Maraschino · Boker’s Bitters

WA L K E R M A N H A T T A N
Michter’s US 1 Rye · Vya Red Vermouth · Angostura Bitters · Reagans Orange Bitters

L I O N ’ S TA L E
Buffalo Trace Bourbon · St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram · Lime · Angostura Bitters

PA L M E T TO C O C K TA I L
El Dorado 15 Year Rum · Carpano Antica Formula · Reagans Orange Bitters

V I N TAG E DAQ U I R I
Pampero Anniversario Rum · Lime · Demerara

E X T R A O L D FA S H I O N E D
Mount Gay Extra Old Rum · Demerara · Decanter Bitters · Lime Oil

ABSINTHE SUISSESSE
Kubler Absinthe · Fresh Cream · Farm Egg · Orgeat · Orange Flower

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stephen


they deserve props for hopped gin, sour oranges, and sotol. if i'm ever in austin..

Jared Hirsch

Ha! I've spent all morning looking up Shrub and gastrique recipes. They are hard to find for anything other than raspberries. I'll have to look up drinking vinegar though. any idea what that is?

Camper English

Jared- see my LA Times magazine story of a few days ago for Neyah White's shrub tips- tells what things work and what don't. Drinking vinegars are shrubs by a different name as far as I know. Gastriques I think are just the French name when used in cooking.

Brian MacGregor

This is a dope ass menu

Jared Hirsch

Did some further research into Drinking Vinegar. There is a company importing a bottled Japanese drink with that name in 2 flavors, one of which is apple. I'll have to hunt some down in Chinatown or Japantown.

Jared Hirsch

Camper,

I'm having trouble finding Neyah's comments. I found the article (the sherry one- yeah?), but when i click on comments I don't see any.

Camper English

It's in the intro for the recipe for the shrub.

H C

I've had several drinks from this menu and they've all been outstanding. The Congress GT and Fightin' Words are highlights. Adam is one of Austin's cocktail gems.

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