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Cocktails and Cookies, Oh My!


Viva Villa Taqueria serves up chicken mole.

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference’s Wednesday opener took advantage of the perfect weather by hosting a party outdoors in La Villita’s Plaza Juarez.

Heather Nanez of Peggy’s on the Green serves up foie gras s’mores at Women Shaking It Up.

But the evening was special for more reasons than a warmer-than-usual January night. It was a chance to be among the first to sample the Girl Scouts new S’mores cookie, a sandwich cookie filled with chocolate and marshmallow cream.

The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas were the beneficiaries of the event, the annual Women Shake It Up, an event that toasts women chefs, women bartenders and women throughout the food industry.

A variety of sweet and tangy cocktails air paired with Girl Scout cookies.

So, in addition to being able to place orders for Samoas or Thin Mints, the guests were able to sample the cookies alongside snacks and cocktails that had been paired with each beloved cookie. They were also given Girl Scout-style green sashes that they could wear and collect badges from each food or cocktail station, a touch that appealed to more than one inner child at the event.

Among the treats of the evening were lamb snacks from Lisa Vatel’s Bite and two delicious variations on chicken with a spicy mole from Los Barrios and Viva Villa Taquieria. Heather Nanez from Peggy’s on the Green in Boerne offered foie gras s’mores while Brooke Smith of the Esquire Tavern dished up a tangy Sopa de Limon. And if the cookies weren’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, Two Bros. BBQ Market fed your cravings with their creamy banana pudding.

Look for the new Girl Scouts S’mores cookie.

In the meantime, the cocktails offered a variety of flavors, from the spiky Little Devil (Reyka Vodka with lemon juice, maple syrup and Ancho Reyes with sparkling water) to the smooth as silk, horchata-like Mantecado (1921 Reposado Tequila and 1921 Creme Tequila mixed with syrup, vanilla and cinnamon.) The Vivrant Thing had layers of flavor provided by El Dorado Rum, Chareau Liqueur, Fernet Branca, Cream, simple syrup, sparkling water and Clement Mahina (a type of coconut rum — and yes, I had to look it up).

Margarita fans had a choice of two variations. The Arandas Crusta was a sweeter confection that mixed Altos Anejo Tequila and Cognac with lime juice, maraschino syrup, dry curacao and City Acres Pecan Bitters. The refreshing Troop Counselor Nasty blended Corralejo Silver Tequila and lime juice with pineapple syrup over ice with a spritz of Sorghetti Sambuca. 

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference continues through Sunday. For more, click here.

Patrons enjoy the opener of the 2017b San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

Mole de Pollo from Los Barrios works surprisingly well with Girl Scouts Samoas.

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Let Your Team Spirits Soar


Want to party and show some support for your favorite team at the same time? Here’s a cocktail from Dulce Vida Tequila and Strong Tonic that lets you do just that. The Texas tequila maker poured this at the opening of the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

Dulce Vida Tequila offers the San Antonio Spur

Dulce Vida Tequila offers the San Antonio Spur

1.5 ounces Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila
.25 ounce Dulce Vida Agave Nectar
.25 ounces Original Strong Tonic Syrup
.5 ounce lemon juice
3 raspberries
1 basil leaf
3 ounces Ginger Strong Tonic

Muddle the raspberries and basil leaf in a shaker. Add ice and pour in the tequila, agave nectar, tonic syrup and lemon juice. Shake. Strain into a cup filled with ice. Add Ginger Strong Tonic.

Garnish with a lemon peel (“thick twist” about 2-3 times the width of a twist).

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Strong Tonic and Dulce Vida Tequila

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Sea Island Creates a New Special for Lent; Cocina Heritage Closes but Continues On


Sea Island Shrimp House is celebrating its 50th anniversary in part by offering a new fish special for Lent— Texas Fish and Chips — featuring crispy hand-breaded Alaskan whitefish marinated in Shiner Bock beer and served with coleslaw, hush puppies and your choice of fries or handmade potato chips for $8.49 all day throughout the Lenten season.

sea islandLent ends April 4 with Easter on April 5.

Sea Island Shrimp House, a family-owned and operated seafood company, is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

“Our restaurants are always bustling during Lent, and one of our goals as a company is to offer our loyal customers an excellent value on a delicious fish platter throughout this important religious season,” said Barclay Anthony, Sea Island CEO.

Say It Ain’t So, Cocina Heritage

Sometimes we get announcements that leave us bummed out, even when they’re written in the nicest way possible.

Cocina Heritage muffins

Cocina Heritage muffins

This notice from Silvia Alcaraz and Lupita Rivero, the two women behind Cocina Heritage, 118 N. Medina St., is one of those.

“I hope this message finds you in good spirits,” they write. “We are elated to share Cocina’s newest projects.  We have closed our doors to the restaurant due to the recently announced work extension of Medina street.”

Cocina Heritage will still be around, however, and they have these projects in the works:
1. We’ will offer a weekly supper take out service. More information to come, please add us to your contacts to avoid the spam folder (eventually we will use Mail chimp).
2. We will continue to offer catering services. Please keep us in mind for catered events and let us take your guest through the culinary tour just as you experienced it at the restaurant.
3. Lastly, We have an exciting project: we will host monthly long table dinners at Dorcol Distilling Company. (The first dinner is Feb. 20. For more information, click here: https://1stmoonchefdinner.ticketbud.com/firstmoondinner
Cocktail Conference Makes a Difference for Four Charities
Summer Raspberry drinkThe 2015 San Antonio Cocktail Conference was served up 168 different cocktail recipes to nearly 7,000 attendees in just four days.
But even more important was the fact that the SACC served up a $115,000 donation to four San Antonio children’s charities from the event’s profits. On Thursday, The Children’s Shelter, ChildSafe, HeartGift San Antonio and Transplants for Children were on hand to receive the money and celebrate the success of SACC 2015 with a light brunch and morning cocktails courtesy of the St. Anthony Hotel, Bohanan’s and Folc.
“We are thrilled to be able to make a significant contribution to our community through these charitable organizations that work so tirelessly to help save the lives of children,” says Cathy Siegel, executive director of Houston Street Charities, the organization behind the SACC. “It’s been at the heart of SACC since the beginning.
“Offering a beautiful Cocktail Conference to thousands of participants is great, but getting to present these charities with a check is the perfect garnish on the cocktail!”

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