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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

San Antonio Cocktail Conference: Post-hangover thoughts

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM

click to enlarge Thumps up to the end this year's San Antonio Cocktail Conference. - DAVID RANGEL
  • David Rangel
  • Thumps up to the end this year's San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

The fourth annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference wrapped up on Sunday, and it really wasn't a moment sooner. Not because the conference wasn't a blast, but because there's only so many days this food and nightlife writer can drink in a row. 

After hydrating, eating some menudo, popping a Tylenol and gathering my thoughts on Monday, I've compiled a list of the best moments of the weekend, tiny tweaks and then some. 

click to enlarge Still thinking about this punch. - JESSICA ELIZARRARAS
  • Jessica Elizarraras
  • Still thinking about this punch.

Best Cocktails:
When you're trying upwards of 50 cocktails over the span of five days, things get fuzzy and palate fatigue kicks in — hard. But highlights did include a Santa Ana Punch made with Hendrick's gin by Steven Rickhoff of Esquire Tavern; A Feliz using Cinco vodka, Tuaca, rosemary simple syrup, egg white and topped with Champagne; Jake Corney of H&C Ice Co. used J.R. Ewing Bourbon, Licor 43, Angostura bitters and Reagan's orange bitters for a Zesty Sue Ellen on Friday night while ice-mate Andy Hack churned out a Velvet Hammer using Caffe Borghetti Liqueur, Cointreau and cream on Saturday; finally Matt Dulaney's Ginger Snap (Fernet-Branca, Canton ginger liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and ginger ale) at Bohanan's on Saturday had the longest line of the evening. 

click to enlarge Nowlin's go-to is your gain - JESSICA ELIZARRARAS
  • Jessica Elizarraras
  • Nowlin's go-to is your gain

Best Bites:
Pardon my use of iPhone photography. But the bites of the weekend are a bit mix and match. Thursday's lineup included a grits dish via Folc, La Condesa took me back with a fresh chicharron with a pipette filled with delish Valentina, Bee's Knees Catering filled me up with a tortilla española and The Empty Stomach's group tickled the palate with crunchy, churro-style pig's ears. The sweet treat of the evening came through the Rosso Corsa sorbet. Robbie Nowlin's mini foie gras genoise was a rich little morsel on Friday night, along with fresh-as-heck ceviche by Lüke. Stefan Bower's itty bitty profiterole filled with Pernod-cured salmon, horseradish, black olive tapenade, Gina Marie cream cheese, tumeric-pickled crosnes was a delight. Austin's Noble Sandwiches delivered a duck pastrami I can't stop thinking about. Lick's Rebecca Creek-spiked horchata was another highlight. Saturday's Stroll featured bacon-wrapped, blue cheese-glazed hot dogs from the Original Hot Dog House on Bitters (which is opening a new location off St. Mary's and Mulberry!), spicy lettuce wraps via Acenar, a savory rice soup via Hot Joy and "cocktail" tamales via La Norteña Tortilla Factory in Pecos, Texas. 

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