Holiday Recipes: Wish You Were Here
From Dante McGrath of Verbena
By Darcie Duttweiler
Photos by She She Media + Design
Located in the Canopy Austin Downtown Hotel, Verbena is a cozy spot with a lush open-air courtyard and a wood-burning hearth. Paired with the old-world farm-to-table fare, the cocktails at Verbena complement both the sophisticated dishes as well as the colorful restaurant, thanks to General Manager Dante McGrath. Raised in Atlanta, the mixologist-slash-manager has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years with almost a decade in Austin, cutting his teeth at The LINE Austin and W Austin Hotel. His festive sipper will have you painting the town red.
Wish You Were Here
• 2 oz Hibiscus-infused Casamigos Blanco Tequila (Recipe below)
• 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
• 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
• 1/2 oz honey
Combine ingredients and hard shake with ice. Strain and serve in a coup with a garnish of fresh lemon wheel.
Steep 1/2 cup of hibiscus flowers with 750 ml of your favorite blanco tequila for one hour. Strain and serve.