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George's Keep's Butterfly Kisses

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Let’s be frank — though Summer is winding down, seasonal menus will stay put until the weather starts dipping into the 70s.

That having been said, this gives you more chances to try the Butterfly Kisses at George’s Keep! Created by bartender extraordinaire Nick Kenna, the Butterfly Kisses is a patio pounder worth ordering as it combines Kinsman rakia, with the botanicals of gin, lemon, and lavender Butterfly Pea Flower Tea simple syrup. Not familiar with Butterfly Pea Flower Tea? This blue tea is made from petals and is known for its dramatic change to purple when combined with a citrus agent, in this case lemon juice.

The result is a balanced cocktail that’s as beautiful as it is tasty.

Try it at home by combining 1 ounce Kinsman Rakia, 1 ounce gin, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce butterfly pea tea/ lavender syrup in a tin over ice; shake and strain into chilled coupe. Or put down the pumpkin spice and the scarves and order one at George’s Keep today!

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What's Serbian for Ranch?

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Even if you’ve never made your way to West Texas, the chances you’ve heard of or tasted Ranch Water are pretty high.

Made popular by Gage Hotel and Marfa-goers, Ranch Water is a classic Highball that combines tequila, lime juice and soda water. These days, regulars and fans of Kinsman are ditching tequila in favor of a little apricot sweetness.

“One of my favorite drinks is Kinsman Rakia, Topo, and lime because it’s very refreshing and very drinkable on a hot day. It’s super approachable for someone that has never tried Rakia, but you can also clearly taste the flavor of the spirit,” said Kalyn Davidson.

While Kinsman can be found as far west as The Black Orchid in El Paso, there should be little stopping you from trying this tipple at home with your favorite un-aged apricot brandy. Grab a bottle from Twins, Spec’s, Pig Liquors or Alamo City Liquors and enjoy the rest of your summer!

What’s Serbian for Ranch? A Kinsman Highball.

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Kinsman Rakia

Juice of half a lime

Topo or your favorite soda water

Combine Kinsman, lime and ice in a shaking tin. Shake well. Pour into Collins glass and top with crushed ice. Top with soda water of choice and enjoy!

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Meet Our Take on The Painkiller

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This April, we stretched our creative muscles behind the bar and added four limited-run cocktails that highlight the versatility of Kinsman Rakia.

We tackled strong and boozy with the Arsenic + New Lace, dabbled in herbaceous with a Bijou, and added froth with a Pink Lady, but the most popular tippler by far has been our Kinsman-based Painkiller.

We traded rum for nuanced Kinsman Rakia, while still keeping the traditional tiki vibes with fresh pineapple juice and orange juice, silky coconut cream and a light dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

The Kinsman pairs exceedingly well with the citrus and tropical flavors making this a hard-to-beat patio pounder that transports you to the Virgin Islands without leaving SoFlo.

Come try one in our tasting room Thursday, Friday or Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

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The Return of the Cucumber Collins

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Spring is ALMOST here, and we can already taste it. As such, the Cucumber Collins is making a menu comeback!

Crafted by Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co.’s former bar creative Nick Kenna, the Cucumber Collins takes a spicy turn with the addition of a habanero simple syrup, while staying refreshing as ever with Kinsman Rakia, fresh cucumber juice and a splash of Topo Chico. It’s finished off with a light dusting of Trechas chile-sugar mix.

Come try one of these classics for yourself and stay tuned for more springtime cocktails in the coming weeks!

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Signature's The Downtowner

Photo by Kalyn Davidson

Photo by Kalyn Davidson

Signature rolled out a new cocktail menu this Autumn, we stopped by to speak with the bar creative, Isabella Morlet, about her newest Kinsman cocktail. Isabella is always creative when it comes to her cocktails and this time was no different. The Downtowner is a exceptionally delicious sherry and Kinsman cocktail that can be enjoyed by cocktail novices and master mixologists alike.

“Kinsman is one of my favorite spirits,” she says. “It has a bright approachable elegance that is prominent without over powering anything else. It goes with anything.”

She is no stranger to to the Serbian inspired apricot brandy as she featured it in three of her cocktails from the previous menu: Earnest Goes to the Southside, a local take on a classic Hemingway Daiquiri, and the Daydreamer, an apricot egg white sour, and a Brandy Alexander for dessert made with handmade cream that tops the cocktail nicely. 

Signature // The Downtowner

1 1/2 oz. Lustau Oloroso Sherry

3/4 oz. Kinsman Rakia

1/2 oz. Giffard Apricot Liqueur

1/4 oz. Demerara Cardamom Syrup 

2 Dashes of Bitterman’s Burlesque Bitters

1 Dash Orange Bitters

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice, stir and strain into chilled coupe. 

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