Named after a line by Mark Twain, who said of watermelon in the summer “I imagine it’s what angels eat,” this clever mixture of watermelon and kaffir lime ice cubes, cointreau, orange bitters and sparkling wine will make guests swoon.  

INGREDIENTS:
—3 watermelon ice cubes*
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—3 dashes of orange bitters
—2.5 oz. Moscato d’Asti 
—2.5 oz. sparkling wine
—.75 oz. lime juice

*DIRECTIONS FOR WATERMELON ICE CUBES:
—fill a blender full of sliced watermelon
—add 3 ounces fresh lime juice, 6 kaffir lime leaves per quart of juice and 1 ounce of simple syrup
—blend well and let rest for an hour 
—strain the mix thoroughly to remove pulp
—pour the remaining mixture into the ice cube containers and let freeze For a pitcher of What Angels Drink, multiply the recipe by five.

Courtesy of SEAN BECK OF BACKSTREET CAFE, a Houston dining tradition under the direction of award-winning executive chef Hugo Ortega. 

The “Hub City’s” dynamic approach to downtown revitalization, coupled with a community that fosters an environment conducive to growth and progress, paved the way for new developments in the shape of a world-class performing arts theater, luxury stays and a Michelin star-worthy restaurant.

 

As August heats up (even more than it already has), San Antonio’s Marriott Rivercenter’s Tributary offers a refreshing cocktail to sip on: the Lavender & Bluebonnet.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5oz Calamity Texas Gin 
  • .75oz Cocchi di Americano 
  • .75oz St. Germain
  • 1oz Fresh Lemon Juice 
  • 3 Dashes Peychauds Bitters 

Directions: 

 

The Santa Maria Sipper is courtesy of Crooked Branch, the lobby bar at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. It’s the trifecta of cocktails: easy to make, refreshing to sip and oh-sodelightfully delicious!

INGREDIENTS:
—5 fresh blueberries
—3 fresh raspberries
—5 oz. La Marca Prosecco
—lemon wedge or mint sprig for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Fill a rocks glass with berries. Top with ice, then top with prosecco. Garnish with a lemon wedge or mint sprig.