Food & Drink

This bourbon is infused with two pounds of Franklin BBQ brisket

Brisket bourbon at CU29 Cocktail Bar

In Texas, there's no greater alchemy than turning beef into brisket, except of course turning that smoked brisket into... bourbon (!!!), a task taken up by the mad mixologists at CU29.

CU29 Cocktail Bar interior
JW Walthall

Named after the periodic table abbreviation for copper (duuuuuuuh), CU29's now open in the Brazos St spot that formerly housed sneaker shop Motive 807, which's been transformed into a veritable mad drink scientist laboratory. And the boozy Frankenstein of the bunch? That brisket bourbon, the brainchild of a San Antonio bar owner whose prototype recipe calls for 2lbs of moist brisket from Franklin BBQ (!), soaked for OVER A MONTH in six liters of delicious brown. But wait, there's more, including drinksanity like peppered turkey gin, a 27-ingredient Bloody Mary vodka, and ghost chili vodka.

CU29 Shakespeare cocktail
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That boozy craziness is used in a cocktail list that boasts complexities like the Shakespeare, loaded with vodka or gin, cracked pepper, honey liqueur, raspberry, blueberry, slings and arrows strawberry, a dash of ghost pepper vodka, orange bitters, orange juice, and lemon.

CU29 Peanut Butter Delight
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For the sweet of tooth, they're rocking the Frangelico and vanilla vodka Peanut Butter Delight...

CU29 Creme Brulee cocktail
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... as well as a torched (WITH FIRE!!) Creme Brulee.

CU29 Louie New Orleans
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And on the classic side, they're flipping the Sazerac into a Louie New Orleans by adding chocolate bitters and flamed orange oil, further showcasing the magical powers of combustion.