TWEAKED ARTISAN VODKA
All vodka starts with water, yeast, and a source of sugar. And that’s where this Austin vodka stops.
Made with a simple yet precise recipe of Dripping Springs water, hand-selected yeast, and pure cane sugar, our vodka is subtly sweet without that harsh vodka bite. The high mineral content in the local water adds depth and a light floral finish.
This smooth spirit pairs well with vanilla, strawberry, and citrus. Splash it over ice with a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing sipper.
TWEAKED ARTISAN GIN
When we first started to make gin, we realized that a lot of those traditional flavors were added to cover up an inferior base spirit. Without this restriction, we have refined what gin could be.
Our Austin gin starts as simply as our vodka — a clean blend of local water, pure cane sugar, and yeast. Then we add a precise blend of citrus and botanicals for a gentle juniper tang and light cinnamon finish.
While perfect for the juniper enthusiast, this spirit will please even the self-proclaimed gin hater.
Try it with citrus or fall flavors. And of course, it makes a killer Gin & Tonic.
HANDMADE IN AUSTIN
Gather 'round friends. Time to learn how it's done.
Pure cane sugar
Carefully chosen yeast
Local spring water
Shhh...here’s an industry secret. Most distillers skip this step entirely. Instead of fermenting their own mash, they purchase something called a neutral spirit, which they then distill into its final form.
No disrespect — there are some great distilleries that operate this way. But we wanted to build a true Austin gin and vodka distillery, from soup to nuts. So we do our fermentation in house.
Fermentation is the process of yeast “eating up” sugar and producing ethanol. The sugar can come from dozens of agricultural products like grapes, corn, or wheat. We wanted a clean, light flavor in our products, so we decided to ferment pure cane sugar in 50 gallon batches.
After the initial fermentation, two barrels of fermented cane sugar are poured into a 100 gallon pot still. That 100 gallons will reduce to 20 gallons of our own neutral spirit, with an alcohol content between 50% and 75%.
After the fermentation process is complete, the neutral spirit is moved over to the column still where it's distilled to over 95% pure alcohol. This is also where we add our botanicals — juniper, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, cloves, and citrus — for our Austin gin.
From the two 50-gallon barrels of mash, the result will be about 10 gallons of completed spirit.
Then it’s time to add water. We use local natural spring water from Dripping Springs. This water is filtered through limestone, which gives our spirits a distinct mouthfeel. And since it’s spring water, it has no chlorine or additives.
The distilled spirit is diluted with spring water to 40% ABV for vodka, and 45% ABV for gin.
And then it’s time for bottling!
But what about filtration, you ask?
No need! The purpose of filtration is to remove impurities from the liquor. But spirits this pure don't have anything to filter out. Some distilleries filter their products 4 or 5 times...makes you wonder what was in there in the first place!
The whole process takes about 3 weeks from start to finish, but it took years to perfect each step along the way.
Alcohol products are considered to be “from” where they’re bottled. So as long as it’s bottled in Texas, it can be called a Texas spirit. But our spirits are fermented, distilled, and bottled right here in Austin.
TWEAKED ARTISAN RUM
Sugar cane or molasses base?
Aged in oak barrels or stainless steel?
To spice or not to spice?
So many questions, so much fun to figure out the answers.