The line of ready-to-drink cocktails that two sisters launched a couple of years ago is getting a couple of new flavors, just in time for holiday entertaining.
Bergamot Orange Margarita and Fred’s Ruby Red Cocktail are joining the three other bottled cocktails of Tea Twister, Paradise Found and Cucumber Vodka Mojito. Each of these were developed by Jill Burns and Kelly Gasink after a family vacation with disastrous drink options inspired them to get into the beverage business.
“Leveraging our beverage development experience and long-lived family cocktail tradition, we saw an opportunity to develop drinks that tempt the palate with complex ingredients rather than heavy sugars and neon colors,” Burns said in a press release.
The two new Austin Cocktails flavors stay true to Burns and Gasink’s philosophy of creating authentic booze options that aren’t overwhelmingly sweet, according to the press release.
One of them, the Bergamot Orange Margarita, isn’t quite the same as the others. The drink has branched out from the Austin Cocktails tradition of using vodka as the base spirit — because a margarita, of course, can only have tequila. (A fact that Burns and Gasink seem to have concluded as well, as they’ve discontinued the Vodkarita, one of the original Austin Cocktails flavors.)
Although the tequila is a plus, the ingredient that makes the drink is the bergamot orange, according to the press release: a winter-grown Italian orange that “is more sour than sweet,” providing “slightly more complex accents to the orange notes inherent to the classic margarita, while the brighter citrus and lower sugar produce a cleaner, smoother finish.”
The Bergamot Orange Margarita also features lime juice, agave nectar and a triple sec that Burns and Gasink created themselves.
The other addition to the Austin Cocktails lineup is Fred’s Ruby Red Cocktail, a boozy homage to the sisters’ Grandpa Fred. He was integral in establishing their family’s “cocktail time” every summer evening at 5:30 p.m., according to the press release.
“Kids got Shirley Temples and adults got something a little stiffer,” the two sisters recalled.
Fred’s Ruby Red Cocktail is a mixture of vodka, grapefruit juice, lime juice, mint and agave nectar — ingredients that show off their grandfather’s “appreciation for the bounties of the land,” according to the press release.
Each bottle is going for about $15 on retail shelves. For more information, visit www.austincocktails.com.