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Founded by independently accomplished entrepreneurs and sisters, Jill Burns and Kelly Gasink, Austin Cocktails is a Texas-based, cocktail company inspired by a lifelong family tradition. The founders pay homage to their farmer grandfather, Fred, who gathered friends and family at 5 pm on summer nights after a long day working in the fields. These small gatherings became known as ‘Cocktail Time’ and were Fred's way of making time for joy and connection. Fred was a genuine original, and the space for joy and connection created by cocktail time taught us to see ourselves as originals too.
We are proud to share Fred’s legacy with cocktails that are original, full of flavor, and can be a bar staple year-round.
Our belief is that craftsmanship involves finding the most beautiful ingredients possible and forcing them to do all the heavy lifting in terms of imparting the cocktail flavor, balance and body. This drink development philosophy yields bright, crisp, clean cocktails that are full-bodied, full-proof and full-flavored, but also have the virtue of being lower in calories and carbs compared to most cocktails. While many companies may spend only a handful of months developing a beverage, we spent nearly two years in development working with countless purveyors of natural juices, essences, and extracts to explore vast portfolios of ingredient families. This meticulous search enabled us to make a more complex product that mimics a true bar-quality cocktail at 12.5-15% ABV.
We make our family recipes using only premium spirits and fine, natural ingredients that we meticulously source. When developing Austin Cocktails, we tried hundreds of ingredients from all over the world, ranging from jalapeños to star fruit and everything in between. We discovered our ideal flavors were those that tasted truest to their natural state or as if they had just been extracted from the source. Think lime flavors that deliver the tastes of the whole fruit, from the juice of the fleshy inside to the grassiness of the rind, or a mint flavor that tastes as if it were just muddled to release the essential oils from the leaves into the drinks. These subtleties give Austin Cocktails a more authentic, vibrant taste than any other beverages on the market.