A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 24, 2008
Austinite (cocktail)

The Brown Bar in Austin makes a drink called the “Austinite”—chilled vodka (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, from Austin) and jalapeño olives. The drink isn’t known anywhere else, but it’s been featured in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.

The Brown bar - Martini Menu
Austinite: Tito’s handmade vodka Chilled & served with the brown bar’s signature jalapeño olives

How to Drink Specialty Cocktails in Austin
By jamesbankston
The Brown Bar
201 W 8th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-8330
The opening of the Brown Bar was a sure sign that Austin was shedding its image as a home of old hippies and crooked legislators and embracing a cosmopolitan new appearance. It specializes in martinis, offering 22 types including “the brown bar tini” with Godiva chocolate liqueur and “The Austinite” with chilled vodka and jalapeño olives.

Austin (TX) American-Statesman
Ten cocktails to make you forget it’s blazing hot outside
By Patrick Beach
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The Brown Bar,
710 Colorado St.
The vibe is chill and classy, the marble bar top gently glowing, lit from below. Now then. Interested in drinking locally? Here you go. The proudly Austin-centric Austinite is simply a Tito’s Handmade Vodka martini with Brown Bar’s own jalapeño olives, jars of which you can buy to take home. The ice floating on top when first poured counteracts the heat in the olives. Simple, strong and you look painfully cool drinking it. Aren’t we pleased with ourselves that we live here? Yes. Yes, we are. 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Tuesday, June 24, 2008 • Permalink