Health-conscious Picnik on Burnet Road debuts happy hour and cocktails

The Berry Basil Smash at Picnik on Burnet Road features potato vodka and a variety of fruit and herbs as a sweet, refreshing sipper.

The Berry Basil Smash at Picnik on Burnet Road features potato vodka, fruit, herbs and kombucha as a sweet, refreshing sipper.

The month of January, when we’ve made our New Year’s resolutions to eat better and get back into shape, is the time for health-minded restaurants like Picnik to shine.

And we don’t have to abandon the booze, either.

Picnik’s brick-and-mortar location on Burnet Road has just added happy hour and a small list of signature cocktails, for those of us who haven’t cut alcohol out of our diets completely but still want healthier options to sip on.

Like the restaurant’s food menu, the drinks program is gluten-free and filled with natural ingredients — and it even includes a margarita. Here’s the full list of cocktails:

  • Pitaya Margarita: organic tequila, pink dragonfruit, lime, local honey, Himalayan sea salt rim
  • Mezcal Old Fashioned: mezcal, maple syrup, orange, bitters
  • Gin + Jam: potato gin, berry and pomegranate jam, local honey, lemon
  • Berry Basil Smash: potato vodka, blackberry, basil, ginger, local honey, lime, botanical kombucha

Enjoy these during the newly established happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. In addition to $2 off cocktails, Picnik is offering other happy hour deals during that time, including half-off shareable plates on the food menu, $2 off wine by the glass, $2 off cider (except for Texas Keeper) and $2 off beer (which, in case you were wondering, is also gluten-free. This place walks the walk).

Picnik, which opened its brick-and-mortar space last year, is located 4801 Burnet Rd. The food truck version of Picnik is at 1700 S. Lamar Blvd. For more information, visit picnikaustin.com.


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