Hand Crafted Cocktails Have Their Own Menu at this Hot BBQ Spot
We don’t usually think of cocktails when we think of County Line BBQ. But at County Line BBQ IH-10 hand-crafted cocktails are a big deal thanks to Garrett Stephens, Assistant GM/pitmaster/chef/mixologist at this County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant located at 10101 IH-10 West (between the Wurzbach and Huebner Road exits, near the Colonnade). Garrett experiments with seasonal, local ingredients to create a new menu of cocktails each time the seasons change.
Garrett looks for bright, lighter flavors for the spring/summer months, then looks for bold, richer flavors for his fall/winter lineup. And he always makes sure their cocktails compliment the BBQ plates, appetizers and desserts served at the restaurant. Yes, we all know that beer goes great with the robust flavors of good pit barbecue, but here at the IH-10 County Line San Antonio, we are shown how cocktails can make the food here shine even brighter.
Garrett also believes that using Texas spirits helps him pull it all together as the spirits made here in the Lone Star State are meant to stand up to a good plate of ‘cue’, no matter the time of year. Spirits like Enchanted Rock Vodka, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fire Oak, Treaty Oak Red-Handed, Devils River, Ben Milam, Ben Milam Rye or Rebecca Creek whiskies are what I’m talking about.
These spirits bring goodness to Fall cocktails. Check out some of Garrett’s select libations for Texas’ Fall and Winter months:
Tito’s Cinco – Two Fingers of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Five Muddled Grapes, a Hint of Fresh Jalapeno, Lime, Simple Syrup and Orange Bitters.
Bourbon Blackberry Smash – Two Fingers Fire Oak Small Batch Texas Bourbon, Lime, Mint, Fresh Blackberries, Simple Syrup with a Splash of Club Soda.
Cranberry-Orange Margarita – San Antonio’s favorite cocktail, the Margarita, made from one of the fine tequilas from our neighbor to the south, should always be on the menu. This one is made with Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila, Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur, House-Made Cranberry Jam and Fresh Squeezed Citrus Juices, with Chinese Five Spice Rim. Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur gives this cocktail a nod to Texas since it’s made in Austin from fresh fruit and pure cane sugar making it all natural and gluten free. Paula’s Texas Orange is 80 proof and makes the world’s finest Margarita.
“The Three Amigos” Fall Fashioned – Two fingers of Ben Milam Bourbon, El Guapo’s Small Batch Sweet Potato Spiced Syrup and Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic (Allspice) Bitters.
County Line pays tribute to Texas bourbon whiskeys by allowing their guests to customize their favorite whiskey cocktails—Old Fashioned, Mule, Neat or Rocks using Fire Oak, Treaty Oak, Devils River, Ben Milam or Rebecca Creek whiskey.
And let’s not forget the BIG BBQ Bloody made with a one-of-a-kind Tito’s Handmade Vodka infusion. (The vodka is infused with tomato, garlic, onion, celery, carrot, cucumber, lemon, and dill for 3 days at County Line). Prepared with Dimitri’s Spicy Bloody Mix and garnished with a pickle spear, pickled okra, green beans. cocktail onions, celery and a hunk of marbled brisket this one is a whopper! Rimmed with Bacon Salt and served in a mason jar, you’ll ask, “Is this a drink or a meal”?
Texas craft beers include Busted Sandal 210 Ale, Cedar Creek Dankosaurus IPA, Southerleigh Gold Export Lager and Shiner Bock. New beers from Thirsty Planet Brewing in Austin: Pailhead American Pale Ale and Thirsty Goat American-style Amber Ale have been added to the menu.
All beers and some cocktails are discounted during IH-10’s happy hour, which runs Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. Happy hour includes $1 off beer, house margaritas, Grande Margaritas, Gallo Borracho margaritas, wells and all appetizers.
Come by on Tuesday from 6-9pm where it’s Open Jam Night hosted by Zack Talbert with Happy Hour running all night!
County Line in San Antonio is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 210-641-1998, visit www.countyline.com or check its Facebook or Instagram for updates on the restaurant’s music concerts, happy hours and other specials at County Line.