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Lonestar Lemon Drop Cocktail

Lonestar Lemon Drop Cocktail

Saw Paula’s Texas Lemon and picked up a bottle to make a lemon drop type cocktail. Since she and Tito are from Texas I decided to combine them both to make a lemon drop type cocktail.

2 oz Paula’s Texas Lemon
2 oz Tito’s Vodka (freezer stored)
1/2 lemon (juiced)

Combine and shake 40 times with some ice and garnish with sliced lemon.


1835 Bourbon Whiskey

1835 Bourbon Whiskey

The more threads I pull surrounding Texas Whiskey the more I realize how quickly you can get into a nasty knot. Texans are proud, and to some obnoxious, so when claiming rights to being a Texas Whiskey there are many opinions. 1835 refers to one of the first battles of Texas independence. The story goes a white flag appeared with a painted cannon and the words “Come and Take it” on it. The 1835 label celebrates all of this Texas pride.

When trying to link them to this post I ran into some articles about the whole Texas whiskey scene and in this case many claim this is only “bottled in Texas”.  Apparently people took issue with it. 

My stance here is simple. I enjoy Whiskey Bourbon and where possible I like to support local and small businesses. If it’s “bottled” here those folks bottling are local in my book.  Now if the whiskey’s were similar in quality I would likely go for the distilled over bottled locally.  I just wanted to get that out there before people come back and throw a flag on these guys for the “bottled” vs “distilled”.

1835 had a promotional display and discount so I snatched a bottle and given the price point I wasn’t expecting much. I really enjoyed 1835.  It’s light with some fruity notes and it easily drinks “neat”. Really clean drink.  Would be nice in an Old Fashioned or Whiskey Sour but I will drink it neat.   Nice work 1835.


Yellow Rose Double Barrel Whiskey

Yellow Rose Double Barrel Whiskey (Purple Label)
Recommendation: YES

Yellow Rose  Double Barrel Texas Whiskey
Yellow Rose Double Barrel Texas Whiskey

When we “make a run” to the liquor store, I always try to pick up a small bottle of less mainstream whiskey. Particularly I try to sample all the Texas Whiskeys, Vodkas and Tequilas. It’s my way of the doing the Lords work and supporting the “small guy” while enjoying new tastes…

Recently, I picked up a bottle of Yellow Rose’s Double Barrel Whiskey (lavender label). Got to tell you, this stuff was fantastic. So smooth with subtle hint of fruitiness.

Below is their description.
Flavor Profile:
• COLOR: Auburn, polished mahogany.
• NOSE: Vanilla, roasted chocolate, plum and maple syrup.
• PALATE: Brown sugar, maple syrup, candied fruit.
• FINISH: Short and smooth finish.
• COMMENTS: Unique twist on a traditional bourbon

Yellow Rose Distilling http://yellowrosedistilling.com/?age-verified=f50a62f360
Our Story
So the legend goes, in 1836 at the battle of San Jacinto, the Yellow Rose of Texas ensured General Sam Houston’s victory paving the way for the Republic of Texas. Located in the heart of Houston, Texas, Yellow Rose Distillery proudly honors the history of this great state.
Have you ever sat around with your friends, enjoying your favorite beverage, and had a dream to create something new? Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose is the brain child of two neighbors, Troy Smith and Ryan Baird. With the help of partner Randy Whitaker, Yellow Rose launched into the Texas market in 2012. We believe it takes a lot more than talk to create something great. After years of hard work and dedication, we are proud to be Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery!
We are fresh off of a Best In Class award for our Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon at the American Distilling Institute and a Double Gold for our Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey at the San Francisco Artisan Spirits. With accolades like these it’s no wonder Yellow Rose Distilling is making its mark in the artisan spirits sector. We’re quickly finding homes in markets throughout the US.