FRENCH TWIST: Two cocktails for Francophiles, from Tipsy Texan

Here’s the thing about David Alan of Tipsy Texan, creator of that fine beverage above.

When I first met David about three years ago, he was feverishly working a festival booth, mixing coffee drinks for guests, and doing an interview with me, all simultaneously.  Normally, this would be my cue to say, “you know what?  You look busy.  I’ll come back!”  But I stayed put, because David is the kind of individual who can do several things at once, and yet still manage to make you feel like you’re the only person in the room.  Where does this ability come from?  I think bartending.

Anyway, David is absolutely passionate about craft cocktails.  He’s dishy, too.  Do you read his blog?  If you live in Austin – and are a spirit nerd – then you’d love it.  It’s part business promotion, part alcohol history, part local bartender / mixologist gossip.  I’m a regular lurker.

Since we had a few people ask about the drinks Megan sipped at the Austin Food & Wine Festival Happy Hour last week, I thought this would be a nice time to share some David Alan magic with everybody, as he catered the cocktails.  This is magic you can experience whether you live in Austin or not, and all you need are a few basic ingredients and a bottle of St. Germain Liqueur, from our friends in France.  Here are David’s two recipes from the event: The St. Germain Hummingbird and the Texas Sipper.

{ A traditional European style aperitif cocktail }

  • 2 parts sparkling water
  • 2 parts sparkling wine
  • 1.5 parts St. Germain

Pour gently into a Collins-style glass to combine. Top with ice and a lemon twist.

  • 1.5 parts Tito’s Vodka
  • 1.5 parts fresh Texas grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 part St. Germain
  • 1 oz club soda

Shake Tito’s, grapefruit and St. Germain with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.