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Culinaria Gets Wrapped Up in Cashmere and Cocktails


Culinaria helped shoppers get into the spirit of the season Thursday with its first Cashmere and Cocktails fundraiser at Saks Fifth Avenue in North Star Mall.

An evening o cashmere, cocktails and fun.

An evening o cashmere, cocktails and fun.

While shoppers browsed the store’s extensive selections from clothes to jewelry and from perfume to purses, they were able to sip handcrafted cocktails and spirits and sample tastes from several area restaurants and caterers.

James Moore from TBA on North St. Mary’s Street served up a Christmas cocktail made with San Antonio’s Cinco Vodka, lime and cranberry bitters as well as a potent potable made with gin, lime and rhubarb bitters.

Jeret Peña from the Brooklynite on Brooklyn Avenue offered a cereal milk cocktail flavored with applejack and a fresh nutmeg grating. Another favorite was a combination of Prosecco with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur.

Caprese snacks from the St. Anthony.

Caprese snacks from the St. Anthony.

Food included a black bean soup from Max’s Wine Dive, a quinoa salad from Charlie Wants a Burger, and Caprese salad on a skewer from the St. Anthony Hotel. Cocina Heritage Catering offered meaty sliders with a fiery habanero salada as well as a fresh salad with nuts and mandarin oranges.

Also on hand was designer Rebecca Minkoff, who appeared for a reception and handbag signing. The line to meet and greet her was long, as fans lined up to talk fashion.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Culinaria’s Education Center and Garden program.

The St. Anthony staff prepares snacks.

The St. Anthony staff prepares snacks.

The caterers from Cocina Heritage.

The caterers from Cocina Heritage.

Jeret Pena shakes up some spirits.

Jeret Pena shakes up some spirits.

 

Rebecca Minkoff (right) with a fan.

Rebecca Minkoff (right) with a fan.

James Moore from TBA.

James Moore from TBA.

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La Fonda Alamo Heights Raises a Toast to Texas Spirits with Special Cocktails for Christmas


Have a Blue Christmas.

La Fonda Alamo Heights, 6402 N. New Braunfels Ave., is getting into a happy holiday mood by toasting the spirits of Texas. From now through Dec. 23, the bar is offering 12 cocktails of Christmas, each using a Texas-made liquor.

“One of our goals when we purchased the restaurant in March was to upgrade the bar,” says owner Hans White. “A big part of that plan included increasing the number of local vendors we carry. We now boast more than 40 Texas-owned spirits.”

Each of the following cocktails is available as the special of the day, starting with the Peppermint Patty today and carrying on through the Candy Cane on Dec. 23.

  • The Peppermint Patty combines the smoky taste of Waco’s Balcones Rumble Whiskey with the cool taste of crème de menthe and a dash of lemon juice. It is served shaken and strained over ice.
  • A Snowdrift is made with San Antonio’s own Cinco  Vodka, Cointreau, crème de cacao, heavy cream, and garnished with white chocolate flakes.
  • Merry Christmas

    The La Fonda Alamo Heights Premium Margarita features Texas’ own Pura Vida Tequila, Controy and the restaurant’s proprietary margarita mix.

  • The Hot Toddy is made with Garrison Brothers Bourbon from the Texas Hill Country. The bar adds local honey from Bo’s Backyard Honey and fresh lemon juice.
  • Hide the Pickle plays off the traditional German holiday game. This is a dirty martini variation made with Dripping Springs Vodka and fresh pickle juice.
  • The Holiday on Ice features Ranger Creek Bourbon served simply over ice.
  • The Three Kings features a trio of Agave De Cortes Mezcal. It begins with the sweet and salty flavors of the Silver Mezcal, followed by the spicy finish of the Reposado con Gusano, and ending with the smoky vanilla taste of the Añejo.
  • Merry Christmas features Treaty Oaks’ Waterloo Gin with cranberry juice, lemon juice, club soda and a fresh cranberry garnish.
  • The Hot Buttered Rum features Railean Distillery’s American Rum from the Gulf Coast with butter, brown sugar, spices and vanilla.
  • The Blue Christmas is more than a tribute to Elvis. It’s a match of Dulce Vida tequila with a splash of pineapple juice, and blue curaçao.
  • The Candy Cane combines Deep Eddy Vodka with peppermint schnapps, white crème de cacao, grenadine and half-and-half. It’s garnished with, you guessed it, a candy cane.

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Barriba Cantina Pours Some Holiday Cheer


Barriba Cantina is serving up some Holiday Cheer.

In need of some Christmas spirits? Then check out the Holiday Cheer cocktail menu at Barriba Cantina, 111 Crockett St., above the County Line.

The menu will last until spring and includes some potent potables, including:

  • Tuaca Lemon Drop Martini — Lemon- and sugar-infused Skyy Vodka with a touch of Tuaca, $11.
  • Mango Loco — Republic Sliver Organic Tequila, Patron Citronge, mango, Tabasco and simple syrup, $8.75.
  • La Guapa (aka Sexy Girl) —  100 Proof Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, Amaretto, grapefruit juice, ginger beer and cayenne pepper, $8.
  • Spiced Apple Manhattan — Apple- and cinnamon-infused Jim Beam, sweet Vermouth, Goldschlager and Angostura Bitters, $9.25.
  • Hot Apple Toddy — Apple- and cinnamon-infused Jim Beam and apple cider, $6.50.
  • Diosa Verde (aka Green Goddess) — Blended Bacardi Rum, avocado, half and half, lime juice and simple syrup, $8.
  • Chocolate Razz Martini — Stoli Razberi Vodka, Bailey’s and Crème de Cacao, $11.
  • Ambrosia Martini — Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico, grapes, pineapple, lime juice and simple syrup, $9.50.
  • Pomegranate Fizz —  Pomegranate-infused Beefeater Gin and elderflower liqueur, topped with Champagne, $8.

Barriba Cantina is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. That includes New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with no cover charge or reservations needed. Call 210-228-9876.

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