- The Rocksteady from La Roca Cantina
For some time now, sweet potato Jameson and other Irish whiskey have been popular in bars all over San Antonio. Since its conception in Southtown’s Bar 1919, it quickly spread as far north to bars like Edison Experiment and the Green Lantern. The slightly sweet, slightly earthy shot is perfect for keeping warm during colder months and its flavor profile pairs well with the savory menus that come out around the holidays.
The shot was just the beginning. It’s now dropped into Guinness or a similar stout creating a sweet potato bomb that’s chugged by industry folk and bar newbies alike.
- The Relax, It's Only Magic from the Girl Gang Pop-up at Frank
If you are craving an earthy purple cocktail now, head over to La Roca Cantina, the menu features the Beet El’ Juice, a combination of reposado tequila, fresh lime and orange juices, and beet syrup for $9. Pro-tip: switch the tequila for mezcal to get a smoky flavor. For another earthy drink with a different flavor profile, try the Rocksteady (Jamaican rum, Cynar, oregeat, peach, and lemon). This cocktail is $12 and while it does take on a bit of a tiki profile, the artichoke of the Cynar gives it a savory and bitter taste at the end to balance the drink.
- The Beet El' Juice from La Roca Cantina
- The Lights Out In Marfa at Cured
If you want another savory whiskey cocktail to sip on during your own holiday meal, the Spruce, a lifestyle site, has a great recipe that is easy to make. Take 1 ½ ounces of Scotch, 1 ounce of red beet juice (score some at Revolucion Coffee + Juice), ¾ ounce honey and ¾ ounce of lemon juice, throw them into a shaker and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. You can use a sprig of tarragon for garnish and it’ll really up your cocktail game impressing that grouchy relative you have to deal with over the holidays.