Happy Hour: A Spicy Tequila Cocktail Direct From Austin, Texas

South by Southwest may be over, but that doesn't mean we can't stop by one of our favorite watering holes in Austin: the Josephine House. Named after the property's original landlord, Josephine Viscardi, the restaurant is nestled into a small navy cottage where Executive Chef Alex Manley's Texas-sourced dishes gain as much inspiration from the freshness of California cuisine as the bright-white interiors.

(Photos © Ryann Ford)

For this week's installment of Happy Hour, I've asked Tiff Dyess, Josephine House's resident bartender, to make us one of her most popular drinks. Enter the Jalisco Honeysuckle, a spicy tequila cocktail that goes great with salty bites such as the restaurant's Framani salami with feta and shaved Brussels sprouts. Want to try it for yourself? Here's the recipe:

Jalisco Honeysuckle
Serves 1
-- 1.5 oz. Tapatio Blanco tequila
-- ¾ oz. house sangria (made with 1 part Valentina hot sauce, 2 parts grenadine, 4 parts lime juice, 4 parts orange juice)
-- ¾ oz. honey simple syrup (made with equal parts honey and water)
-- ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
-- 1 dash Bittermens burlesque bitters

Combine in a pint glass, add ice, and shake vigorously. 
Strain and serve straight up in a champagne coup; garnish with a slice of orange. Enjoy!
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