Cocktail of the Week: Rumble's Red Light District


  • Erin Winch
If you didn’t get enough Big Red at the recent Big Red and Barbacoa Festival, a favorite St. Mary’s Strip bar has you covered. Rumble’s new menu boasts a drink, the Red Light District, that’s perfect for anyone craving the cream-flavored red refreshment – but who also wants to kick it up a notch.

The Red Light District, which is a combination of gin, Big Red syrup and lemon, is the perfect cocktail for sipping on a patio. The gin creates a foundation of botanicals and floral notes that contrasts nicely with the Big Red syrup, which is basically a cooked-down version of the soft drink. The lemon lightens the drink by introducing a sour element, complementing the sugary concentrate.

Vanessa Vara, Rumble’s bar manager and Speed Rack’s Southwest Region Champion, created the drink. She wanted to develop a cocktail that would represent the culture of San Antonio and the St. Mary’s Strip. The Red Light District does a wonderful job of combining the evolving craft cocktail scene in the Alamo City with the dive bar atmosphere the Strip is known for. Grab a barbacoa taco and a Big Red cocktail on Rumble’s patio this summer.

The Red Light District, $8, is available all summer long at Rumble. Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.
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