TimeOut: “The 11 Best Day Trips from Austin”

TimeOut: “The 11 Best Day Trips from Austin”

By James Wong

Published October 11, 2021

If you wanted to call Austin the star attraction of central Texas, we wouldn’t disagree – the place is packed with fun things to do, delicious restaurants and seriously rowdy nightlife. But it also acts as a great base from which to explore the surrounding smaller towns and cities, which is where these day trips from Austin come in.

In under two hours from the heart of city, you can find yourself sampling Texan wines in the Hill Country or on a thrilling bike tour of the Texas White House. And did we mention all of the barbecue food the Lone Star State has to offer? There’s a lot to get stuck into.

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Visit Austin: “Where to Find Seasonal Flavors this Fall”

Visit Austin: “Where to Find Seasonal Flavors this Fall”

By Christine Felton

Published October 7, 2021

Fall is knocking on Austin’s door and local restaurants, bars and breweries are spinning out pints, plates and cones showcasing the season’s bounty. Get your fall fill with these 30 picks for local fall food and beverages.

24. Dripping Springs Distilling‘s new seasonal cocktails are arriving just in time for the season of patio brunches and festive events. Specials include the hot toddy (1876 Bourbon, earl grey, lemon, ginger, cinnamon honey), cranberry-lime sparkler (Dripping Springs Vodka, cranberry, fresh lime, sparkling water, sugared cranberries), bourbon apple cider (1876 Bourbon, house cider, squeeze lemon, cinnamon stick garnish) and others.

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Drippin’ Times: Q3 Newsletter

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It’s Fall Y’all

The leaves on the trees are turning to hues of red, yellow, and orange and a crisp breeze is in the air… it is officially fall!

Let’s celebrate the change of season with a glass full of flavor and cheers to all of the sippin’ drippin’ good times this holiday season has to bring.

 There’s nothing quite like a fine, fall day spent out in the Texas Hill Country sipping on refreshing cocktails. We waited a year-and-a-half to welcome our Small Batch Backers back to the distillery and now our gates are open with so many new exciting cocktails, food, and activities to enjoy.



On August 26th we hosted the grand opening of our brand new tasting room, the Visitor Center! Visitor Center features craft cocktails, a wine bar, a southern bites kitchen, tours, tastings, Sunday Brunch, and more.

You’re invited to take a full distillery tour and visit our bottle shop for bottles and merchandise while you’re out for a visit. Visitor Center is open weekly on the following days and times:

Thursday 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday – Sunday 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Shrimp Boil Saturdays

Hill Country Brunch Sundays

For special events and specialty extended hours, please visit our events calendar.


Distillers Hall

Adjacent to Visitor Center is our wedding and special events venue, Distillers Hall. If you’d like to tour our facility or book your special event, you can do so now at 

distillers hall wedding

Our new wedding and special events venue blends the best of upscale, contemporary Hill Country style with the artisanal craftsmanship that has made our brand a Texas favorite for 15 years.

Distillers Corner

Raise a Glass for our Sister Spirits!

Republic Tequila

Like the state it’s named after, Republic Tequila is crafted with passion and determination. Since it was founded by living legend and Texas cowboy Tom Nall in 2005, Republic Tequila has proven to be a versatile spirit packed full of flavors that are fit for any season. Try our Republic Plata or Resposado in your favorite fall cocktail or pour a glass of our Republic Añejo or Extra Anejo expressions for some smooth, cool weather sipping.

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Martine Honeysuckle Liqueur

Who said fall has to be all about pumpkin? Martine is the only honeysuckle liqueur on the market and it is the perfect pairing for many holiday recipes. Pair it with a cup of hot, apple cider or add it to your hot chocolate for a twist on some fall favorites. You can also add an ounce to your favorite holiday cake recipe batter or add a splash to your champagne for an extra special New Years cheers!

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Jason Davies

Production Manager, Dripping Springs Distilling

Favorite cocktail: Electric Lady

Jason was born and raised in the flatland oil country of Odessa, Texas. He studied history at Texas A&M University in College Station, before heading back to Odessa where he met his amazing wife and 2 step sons. They moved to New Braunfels in 2015 to enjoy floating the river and spending time in San Antonio and Austin. 

Working many years behind the bar, and developing an appreciation for spirits and the history behind them, Jason sought a job as a night distiller at Dripping Springs Distilling. “I have been blessed to become the Production Manager in a few short years, and love creating world class spirits with a great group of bottlers & distillers. My favorite product is the Dripping Springs Artisan Gin, which goes into my favorite cocktail, The Electric Lady. Yes, it is pink, and it is delicious! Everyone should come out to Visitor Center to give it a try.”

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Todd Shelton

Production Superintendent, Texacello

Favorite cocktail:  Free (especially if it is a  Dripping Springs Traditional Gin Dry Martini)

Todd has been with Dripping Springs Distilling for 7 years. “I pursued the job as a result of my wanting to further explore my home brewing hobby…and per my wife’s suggestion.” 

Todd loves playing music with his 13-year-old son, camping with his 11-year-old daughter and spending any time he can with his 29-year-old sister.

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Back by popular demand

Special edition wildlife labels

You asked, we answered. Our special edition Wildlife Labels are back this year, and they are available for purchase exclusively at the bottle shop at Dripping Springs Distilling.

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give back and drink in good spirit food bank campaign


Drink in Good Spirit and support your local food bank this fall season!

From now until the end of November, every bottle of Dripping Springs Vodka or Gin you buy also helps donate a meal to those in need this upcoming holiday season. If you’re located in or near the Austin area, we also invite you to participate in our local food drive! We will be accepting canned good donations at our Distillery during our typical hours of operation.

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Looking for Your Favorite Recipes?

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Pumpkin Spice Martini

Feeling like a basic witch? This Pumpkin Spice Martini is perfect for you.

  • 1.5 oz Dripping Springs Vodka
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
  • 1 oz Irish Cream Liqueur 
  • 1 oz Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg

Berry Chill Springs

The seasons change but the warm weather lingers… good thing Dripping Springs Gin is MINT for all seasons. This Berry Chill Springs cocktail is minty fresh and fitting for any holiday party.

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  • 1.5 oz Dripping Springs Artisan Gin
  • 1 oz Simple syrup
  • 1 oz Cranberry juice
  • ½ oz Lemon juice
  • Sprig of fresh mint
Make IT:

In a rocks glass full of ice, add all the ingredients and stir. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and fresh, whole cranberries.

Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour


Infused with the best flavors of the season, this delicious whiskey libation will have you FALLing in love over and over again.

cinnamon maple whiskey sour
  • 2 oz 1876 Straight Texas Bourbon
  • ½ oz Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
Make IT:
  • Add all ingredients to a shaker tin and shake vigorously without ice for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again. 
  • Fine strain into a rocks glass full of ice.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and another pinch of cinnamon and enjoy responsibly.

Spiced Orange Coffee

Break out your inner barista and add a little sippin’ drippin’ spirit with this Spiced Orange Coffee recipe.

Make IT:
  • Steep coffee in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Remove the coffee bag and add vodka, vanilla syrup, and heavy whipping cream.
  • Stir well and sweeten to taste. Garnish with a toasted orange slice.
  • 1.5 oz Dripping Springs Orange Vodka
  • 1 bag Golden Ratio Chai Spiced Gold Coffee
  • 1 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 oz Heavy whipping cream
  • 6 oz Hot water
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Apple Cider Margarita

Who says margaritas are only for the summertime?! You can sip and savor this flavorful cocktail for all of fall!

Make IT:
  • Add tequila, orange liqueur, cider, lime juice, and a pinch each of the ground cinnamon and the ground ginger to a shaker tin full of ice.
  • Shake really well for 30-60 seconds or until frothy.
  • Fine strain into a rocks glass full of fresh ice
  • Garnish with the Cinnamon Stick and 1 Star Anise and sip responsibly!
  • 1.5 oz Reposado Republic Tequila
  • ½ oz Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur 
  • 1 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • Cinnamon Stick and Star Anise for Garnish 
Dripping in history
dripping through history
10/15 – 10/:16 Dripping Springs Distilling and Twisted X Brewing Songwriter’s House at Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival.
10/15 105.3 The Fan’s Shan Shariff Live @ Lakewood Medallion Dallas 5:00-7:00 PM
10/18 Witte Museum Big Game Dinner
10/18 First Tee Golf Tournament at Oak Hills Country Club SATX
10/19 International Gin & Tonic Day
10/29  Halloween Weekend Extended Hours at Visitor CENTER
10/29  Halloween Happy Hour 5:00 – 7:00 PM at VISITOR CENTER
10/29  Movie in the Oak Grove 7:30 PM – COCO at VISITOR CENTER
10/30 Houston Zoo Black & White Ball
10/30  Halloween Weekend Extended Hours at VISITOR CENTER
10/30  Movie in the Oak Grove 7:30 PM – IT at VISITOR CENTER
10/31  Halloween Day Normal Hours at VISITOR CENTER
11/11 Dripping Springs Gives Back Day
11/12 105.3 The Fan’s Shan Shariff live @ Raymond’s Liquor Stop 5-7 Pm
11/12 National Happy Hour Day
12/14 National Screwdriver Day
12/31 National Champagne Day


© 2020 Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin. Distilled and Bottled by San Luis Spirits in Dripping Springs, TX.
Vodka 40% ABV, Orange Vodka 37.5% ABV, Artisan Gin 42.5% ABV, Traditional Gin 47.5 ABV.

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