Since you’ll be busy living, libertying and pursuing happiness Thursday, you may need to combine the vital
Independence Day elements of drink and barbecue. Thus, the finest barbecue cocktails in the city. Drink
them, or the king of England wins.
AT THE WAYLAND
I Hear Banjos
BBQ-iness: Apple pie moonshine and applewood smoke trapped by a second glass in a rye-based
beverage. The Secret: Leave the second glass on as long as you can stand it. The Effect: It’s like inhaling a grill and then eating pie... only far more pleasant than
literally doing that.
AT EVELYN DRINKERY
Improved Hit by a Car Number 2
BBQ-iness: They’ll add Memphis BBQ bitters to this mezcal/tequila concoction if you ask
nicely. The Secret: One of the fellas behind Evelyn came up with it after getting hit by a car.
Silver lining and all that. The Effect: Off-menu Mexican smokiness.
AT HILL COUNTRY
BBQ-iness: It’s a vodka-and-tequila-based spicy Bloody Mary, with the Bloody blend doing
the heavy ’cue lifting. The Secret: The blend is made using the same dry rub they use on the actual barbecued
meats. The Effect: Think liquid ribs with a serrano pepper kick. The way ribs were meant to be
AT EXCHANGE ALLEY
BBQ-iness: A dash of BBQ bitters and smoked salt in your beer. The Secret: This is the only place in town to get a full pint of barbecue cocktail at
once. The Effect: The most purely refreshing option. Like a michelada served from a smoker.
BBQ-iness: A bottle of Lone Star, chased with a hunk of award-winning brisket in a shot
glass. The Secret: You’re not actually meant to combine brisket and beer. But, you know, one
small step for man... The Effect: You going back for a full order of brisket.