There’s no bad time of year in Austin, but in the Fall the Texan city has special charm…and great boot weather. Exploring the unique culture means digging into Texas’ best live music scene, tucking into great BBQ and international fusions, and shopping for unique art and fashion at boutiques that do their darndest to keep Austin weird and wonderful.
Hilton Austin, in the center of Downtown, is a great location to be in the middle of it all. It’s attached to Austin Convention Center, is just two blocks away from East Sixth Street nightlife, and less than a mile to the picturesque Rainey Street Historic District. From Hilton Austin’s rooftop pool, guests can take in the view. And downstairs, the hotel’s restaurant and bar venues serve southern hospitality in a glass. For a taste of Austin at home, give their delicious Autumn Old Fashioned a try.
Hilton Austin’s Autumn Old Fashioned
2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
2 dashes cherry and vanilla bitters
.25 oz lemon, star anise and clove syrup
.5 oz cinnamon-infused sweet vermouth
Large ice cube
Luxardo cherry, fresh cut orange, flamed orange zest and rosemary for garnish
Method: Pour all items into a mixer with fresh ice. Stir for 60 seconds. Place a large ice cube into a rocks glass. Pour and strain into the glass. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry, a fresh orange slice, flamed orange zest, and rosemary sprig.
Lemon, Star Anise and Clove Syrup
4 cups of water
2 cups of sugar
38 grams of white cloves
25 grams of star anise
Rind of 1 lemon
Method: Simmer all ingredients over medium heat for 10 minutes, then strain.
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