Try a Moontower Comedy Fest cocktail at the Townsend

Although the Austin Food & Wine Festival was canceled today because of soggy grounds on Auditorium Shores, one festival will lift your spirits up this weekend in its place: the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival.

The fifth annual celebration of live comedy, from Wednesday to Saturday this year, even has a cocktail that you can drink in Moontower’s honor — it was created especially for the festival from one of Austin’s best cocktail bars.

The Townsend's Justin Elliott has created this refreshing drink in honor of the Moontower Comedy Festival.

The Townsend’s Justin Elliott has created this refreshing drink in honor of the Moontower Comedy Festival.

Across the street from the Paramount Theatre, the main Moontower venue, is the Townsend, where Justin Elliott will be offering the Artist’s Lament for $8 starting Thursday through Saturday. The Townsend is serving as another festival venue, with comedians vying for laughs in the bar’s intimate live music room.

The Artist’s Lament, which features Dolin Dry Vermouth, Bigallet Amer China-China, simple syrup, lemon juice and Scotch whisky, is a swizzle drink full of crushed ice and garnished with a mint sprig. Proving he’s got a sense of humor of his own, Elliott created it as a bitter twist on a classic cocktail.

“Loosely based on the classic Artist’s Special, I present — in honor of the miserable lot that we all know comedians to be — the Artist’s Lament,” he said in a press release. “Basically it has a lot of the tasting notes of an Artist’s Special, but it’s way more bitter and it’s definitely smoking about a pack a day.”

Won’t be able to make it to the Moontower Comedy Festival this weekend? Comfort yourself by making the Artist’s Lament using the recipe below.

The Artist’s Lament 

1 oz. Dolin Vermouth Dry

1 oz. Bigallet Amer China-China (a liqueur made from sweet and bitter orange peels)

1/2 oz. simple syrup (which you’ll get by bringing equal parts water and sugar to a boil)

3/4 oz. lemon juice

1/4 oz. Port Charlotte Islay Scotch Whisky

Swizzle ingredients together with crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

— The Townsend’s Justin Elliott

Tickets, including four-day passes, are still available for Moontower, which you can purchase at www.austintheatre.org/moontower-comedy/.


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