County Line’s Famous BBQ Put Them on the Map, Their Cocktails are Putting Them on the Top Shelf
County Line IH-10 has been a favorite BBQ hot spot for locals for many years. Formed by Texans who love Texas and good barbecue, they wanted to create a restaurant that was committed to four principles:
Offer the highest quality smoked barbecue – ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken – with traditional sides of cole slaw, potato salad and beans.
Provide these BBQ specialties in generous portions at reasonable prices.
Offer friendly table service with linens and bar service.
Feature an authentic location that celebrates the heritage of Texas.
Add to this a fifth principle: To up their bar game. Offer craft cocktails using the best spirits and quality ingredients that are meant to compliment their Bar-b-q or stand alone. Cocktails that will make both a beautiful and delicious impression their patrons won’t soon forget.
County Line IH-10, reminiscent of a Texas roadhouse with its beautiful outdoor porch complete with a stage for live music and a top notch bar, represents the new generation of ‘cue’, cocktails, music and fun.
You are definitely going to want to stop by this BBQ roadhouse to try their new cocktails. These seasonal libations, created by Garrett Stephens, Assistant GM/pitmaster/chef/mixologist at The County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant at 10101 IH-10 West, are all about delicious summer fun on the patio. In fact, as Garrett says, ” these new cocktails are a reimagining of their approach to the craft cocktail; they are elevating every aspect of their cocktail menu, their ingredients, preparation and presentation” In fact, he has pulled out all the stops in their new slate of handcrafted cocktails, with new glassware, bold combinations with fresh fruits, new high-end spirts, and a first-class mixer and cocktail syrup program.
I stopped in to check out their new lineup and I must say after just reading the menu I was dreaming of beaches and porch swings. I was ready to laze away the rest of the day. Read this menu and see where your mind drifts, then stop by County Line and let the cocktails take you there:
- The Rosemary Paloma – Tequila Mi Campo Blanco, Fresh Grapefruit and Lemon Juices, Liber & Co. Red Grapefruit Cordial, Agave Nectar, Fresh Rosemary. Served in new 12-oz Margarita glass with small ramekin of Picosos peanuts. $10
If you are a margarita person, this is for you. Nicely bitter and sweet at the same time. You will be off to Mexico with this one!
- “Honey, I’m Home” – Treaty oak Antique Gin, Absinthe, House Honey-Lavender Syrup, Lemon Juice, Angostura Bitters. Serve in new stemmed coupe glassware. $10
This was my favorite cocktail for the night. It is spirit (gin) forward but I loved the combination of the honey-lavender syrup. Lemon and bitters kept it from being too sweet. This has southern charm oozing out of it!
- Feet in the Sand – Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaican Rum, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, Fresh Pineapple and Orange juices, Liber & Co. Passion Fruit Syrup, Fresh Mango, and Spiced Cherry Bitters. Serve in new Tiki glassware with edible Orchid and umbrella. $12
This tropical drink is served in a Tiki glass complete with umbrella and Orchids. It’s beauty will surely take your mind off of things as you dream of the South Pacific with your feet in the warm sand.
- Cha Mango Me Crazy – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fresh Mango, Fresh Cucumber, Fresh Lime Juice, Liber & Co. Gum Syrup, Maine Root Ginger Beer, Serve in copper mule mug with a Charney-marinated lime on a 4-inch bamboo skewer. $10
- Hazy Dayz – El Milagro Reposada Tequila, Aperol, Fresh Strawberry, Fresh Lemon Juice, Liber & Co. Gum Syrup, Cilantro, Fee Bros West Indian Orange Bitters. Garnish with a fresh whole strawberry w/o green leaf attached and a fresh cilantro leaf. $12
- Sazerac – Michter’s US 1 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye, Absinthe, Sugar, Peychaud’s Bitters. Garnished with a large lemon peel. $12
- Boulevardier – Bulleit 95 Rye Kentucky Whiskey, Campari, Aperol. Garnish with a 4 inch bamboo skewer with two Luxardo Maraschino cherries and large lemon peel. $10
A whiskey forward cocktail with a slight sweetness. If you don’t care for tropical drinks, this one’s for you! American beaches are a great escape too!
X Marks the Spot – Stolen X Rock and Rye, Raw Honey, Fresh Orange peel, Cranberry Juice. Served as a shot in 5 oz. footed rocks glass. If ordered on the rocks, served in low ball old fashioned glass with one large ice cube. $6
I am a fan of Stolen X Rum with its honey & orange peel flavors and the Rock and Rye which is literally a cocktail in a bottle with hints of navel oranges. Together they make a wonderful summer cocktail. Maybe a little Caribbean pirate booty will be found here!
Painkiller – Stolen Smoked Rum, Myers Dark Rum, Coco Lopez, Fresh Pineapple and Orange juices, Garnished with edible orchid, nutmeg and umbrella. $10
A very tropical drink much like a Pina Colada. I loved the addition of the nutmeg and the glass certainly brought a smile to my face. Jamaica or Costa Rica and places yet to be traveled!
- Old Yaupon Spanish Gin and Tonic – “Old Tom” Style Treaty Oak Old Yaupon Gin, Fever Tree tonic, Apple, Pineapple, Orange, Star Anise, Tarragon and Lavender Bitters. $10
- “Al Pastor” Margarita – Tequila Mi Campo Reposado, Grand Marnier, Liber & Co Pineapple Gum Syrup, Fresh Pineapple and Lime Juices, Pineapple, and Ancho Chili. $10
- Front Porch Swing – Square One Cucumber Vodka, St-Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, Fresh Blueberries, Mint and Orange. $10
Very refreshing with the mint and summery with the cucumber vodka and blueberries. You can probably imagine yourself drinking this in a Florida or Georgia beachside bar. Am I right!
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, our High End Well selection, and all appetizers.
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.
The “Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2019 Live Music Series at The County Line” that benefits the San Antonio Food Bank premiered its 19th year on Thursday nights, beginning March 7. This very popular live music series will run in a split series this year—first series from March 7 through May 30, and the second series from Sept 5 through October 21. As in past years, the concerts occur on the patio of The County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant at 10101 IH-10 West (near the Colonnade). Concerts begin at 7:30 and run until 9 p.m.
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.
Location: 10101 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78230
Phone: (210) 641-1998
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner and cocktails in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.