Getting in the Christmas Spirits: The Gin Edition

The holiday season is in full swing. And if you are like me, you are totally procrastinating right now. Between parties, and gifts, and hosting it’s a lot for one dude to do alone! So, the dudes at Design Dudes have an early Christmas present for you. We teamed up with Drinking in SA to create two festive cocktail recipes for your holiday party. These drinks are sure to impress, and now you have one less thing to worry about. Plus, just one cocktail is sure take the holiday edge off.

Dude, these Christmas cocktails are so lit. – Santa

Now let’s get this tree and yourself LIT!



White Christmas Negroni 

This play off of a White Negroni gets a little more festive for the holiday season. A White Negroni uses flowery Lillet blanc instead of of sweet vermouth, and we substituted Aperol for Campari in this recipe. (You probably have some Aperol leftover from the totalitarian reign of the spritz this summer.) ANYWAY…

Overall, this recipe is a bit sweeter, lighter, and more citrusy than the classic Negroni. The Lillet offers the citrus notes and lighter color, and the Aperol brings a sweeter finish to the drink compared to Campari.

The gin:

Our Christmas sprit of choice is Treaty Oak Distilling’s Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin. An Old Tom style gin, this spirit features honey produced from wild yaupon flowers, which adds sweetness and vegetal notes. The botanical blend includes Yaupon Holly (so Christmasy, right?), juniper, Makrut lime, anise, orris root, and of course honey. This gin definitely embodies all the flavors of the holidays, making the perfect Christmas cocktail.

Let’s get to mixing!

  • 1 1/2 oz. Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin
  • 3/4 oz. Lillet blanc
  • 3/4 oz. Aperol
    • Pour over ice in a lowball glass, stir, and garnish with rosemary and fresh cranberries.
    • Want to get creative and really impress your guests? Freeze the rosemary and cranberries into large ice blocks.


Jingle Tonic

G&T, G&T, jingle all the way! If you are new to the cocktail game and all of the above scared you, don’t worry! We have a simple, but classic recipe that is stress free and sure to impress any holiday drop ins. This festive gin and tonic is easy to make, but has a festive feel that is perfect for your next Christmas party. Your guests will appreciate the extra touch.

The gin:

For this cocktail we are using Treaty Oak Distilling’s Waterloo No. 9 Gin. While this spirit looks more like your standard gin than the Old Yaupon selection, it is anything but. I would say this is one of the most dynamic and unique gins I have ever tasted. While paying homage to traditional dry gins with ingredients like juniper, coriander, and anise, Waterloo No.9 builds in Texas Hill Country flavor with pecans, lavender, lemon, and grapefruit zest. There is a wide range of flavors, and I guarantee that it will step up your classic G&T.

Let’s get to drinking!

  • 1 1/2 oz. Waterloo No. 9 Gin (or make it a double)
  • Tonic (This measure is all up to you!)
    • Pour over ice in a highball glass, top with tonic, stir, and garnish with rosemary and fresh cranberries. And, that’s it!

Hope you dudes have a great holiday season! Make sure to impress those guys when they come over to your holiday party. Share these recipes if you like them. And, remember to always drink responsibly.

To check out more about Treaty Oak Distilling, click here.


Pumpkin Spice Martini

By now, we are in the thick of pumpkin spice season (aka fall). Basic dudes everywhere are pulling up to their nearest Starbucks to order a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Don’t pretend like you don’t. We all know you love it.

Man, this is a good PSL. – A Basic Dude

PSLs are great for the morning commute, but what about a pumpkin spice drink of the happy hour variety? The dudes saw the need for boozy pumpkin spice, and we came through with a recipe! We partnered with Drinking in S.A. for the ultimate Pumpkin Spice Martini. Don’t like milk based cocktails you say? Don’t worry. This PSM is completely dairy free. Check out the recipe and make your own!

Shake with ice and serve straight up in a martini glass. Garnish with a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

Cheers, dudes! Don’t forget to let us know how it came out.



Coffee is Bae

It’s no secret that most of my life revolves around coffee and donuts. And why not? They are literally your perfect couple-friends that you can never live up to, but you have to be around to admire. I am the third wheel to coffee and donuts, and it is a beautiful place to be.

You’re such a cute couple. – Me to coffee and donuts


Now, I can’t eat donuts every day. So coffee is my main bae. Bae is probably the most beautiful phrase to come out of 2014.  Literally meaning “before anyone else,” that is how I feel about coffee. First thing in the morning, first person I talk to, refusing to acknowledge anything until the first cup is done.

And as far as coffee goes, Caferros is one of my favorite roasters. These little beans are hand picked in Columbia and roasted in small batches right here in San Antonio. A big thank you to all the dudes at Caferros, you are solely responsible for getting me out of bed in the morning and making me a part of functioning society.


One of my favorite things about them is their selection of flavored coffees. Now if you are one of those people opposed to flavored coffees, I understand. I was a coffee purist, too. Caferros is different. All of their flavors are organic and natural, and they are the real deal. My favorites are Texas Pecan, Mint Chocolate (yes Mint Chocolate, you have to try), and their flavor of Summer 2018, Coconut Fudge.

Brew a cup for yourself, dude. Hug your coffee mug in the morning and take in the sweet aroma. Treat yo bae right.

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The Drink of the Summer

If you haven’t figured it out by now, let me tell you. The Aperol Spritz is the drink of the summer, and you need to get next to a pool and sip on one right now if you haven’t already.

This Aperol Spritz is awesome! – A culturally informed dude

You dudes want to impress your summer date? Ditch the basic Jack and Coke and take on this simple recipe that is sure to impress. Here’s my recipe so you dudes can try it out!

  • 1 oz. Schweppes Lemon Lime Sparkling Water
  • 2 oz. Aperol
  • 2 oz. prosecco sparkling wine
  • Optional: 2 oz. Gin if you are feeling on the boozy side.

Serve over ice and garnish with lemon and grapefruit.

Cheers, dudes! Let me know how that date goes.