GOTTA TRY: Fall Cocktails
Pumpkin Pie White Russian
3 ounces pumpkin pie flavored vodka
2 ounces kahlua
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice + extra for garnish
6 ounces whole milk
2 cinnamon sticks
Directions: Fill two glasses with ice. Add the vodka, kahlua, and pumpkin pie spice into a shaker and mix together. Pour milk into the shaker, shake again, and pour into glasses. Sprinkle extra spice over each glass.
Apple Cider Margaritas
6 ounces apple cider
4 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces triple sec
Pinch of brown sugar
Apple slices for garnish
Directions: Fill two glasses with Ice. Mix apple cider, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice together in a cocktail shaker. Add a pinch of brown sugar, and shake it up. Pour over ice and serve garnished with apple slices.
Pear Nectar & Thyme Mimosa
1 chilled bottle of Prosecco or Champagne
12 oz. pear nectar
4-6 sprigs of Thyme
Directions: Fill each glass with 3 ounces of peach nectar and a sprig of Thyme. Top with Prosecco or Champagne and add an additional sprig of Thyme to garnish. For entertaining, combine chilled wine and pear nectar in a pitcher with 6 sprigs of Thyme. Cheers!
GOTTA GO: Our Favorite Austin Happy Hours
LaV- The coveted French restaurant offers great deals on cocktails and seasonal appetizers, Tuesday-Sunday evenings
Maiko- Daily reverse happy hour, with half-off sushi rolls and great deals on drinks from 5pm to close
Silo on Seventh- Half-off appetizers, $3 well drinks, and discounts on all draft beers during their daily “Sunset Happy Hour”
Trace- Upscale bar at the W hotel has specials on Texas-themed drinks and small bites every day
La Condesa- Half-off all drinks and selected appetizers at the downtown Mexican restaurant
Parkside- Half-priced bar menu, beer & cocktails every day until 6:30
219 West- Deals on American Tapas, wine flights, and don’t miss their Sunday Funday happy hour during brunch
Tacos and Tequila- $1.50 street tacos and $4 margaritas, mojitos, and wine every day
Mulberry- Discounted snacks, sandwiches, and wine daily - don’t miss the mussels and garlic bread
- Goodall’s Kitchen + Bar - From 4-7pm on the historic veranda, 1/2 off all drinks and a special bar menu - the roaster cauliflower and whipped goat cheese is a show stopper
GOTTA GO: Austin’s Weekend Calendar
GOTTA GIVE: Casis Elementary School Carnival - TEAM CASIS!
The annual Casis Elementary School Carnival will be held on Friday, October 17th on the school grounds in Tarrytown. Activities are open from 5:30-8:30, with food vendors arriving at 5pm. The carnival is the school’s largest fundraising effort of the year. Proceeds help to fund resources for teachers, support the library, outdoor classrooms, custodial supplies and more.
Tickets for the carnival can be purchased at the event. If you are not able to make it to the event and would like to support the school, you can make a donation here.
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GOTTA GO: Austin’s Best Pumpkin Patches
Sweet Berry Farm- Located in Marble Falls, the farm has animals, games, and crafts in addition to their large selection of pumpkins
GOTTA GO: Austin’s Weekend Calendar
Austin City Limits Weekend 2- Huge music festival continues all weekend long in Zilker Park, with performances by Outkast, Lorde, Lana Del Rey and more
Texas vs. OU Football Game- Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, playing on ABC with kickoff at 11:00 am. If you’re not going to Dallas, check our where to watch the game, here
GOTTA GIVE: Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas offer families a place to stay while their children are being treated in nearby hospitals. Their facilities are a comfortable place for the families to relax, enjoy home-cooked meals, and be entertained during difficult times. Their largest location in Central Texas, able to accommodate many families at once, is located near to Dell Children’s Hospital. They also have rooms near other medical facilities in the area.
The house is always in need of everyday items for the guests, most of which are noted on their wish list. You can also make a donation to fund a family’s stay, or attend one of their many fundraising events.
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Sully’s Side Bar- Small bar right off of Sullivan’s Steakhouse, known for their tacos, tequila, and beer selection
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GOTTA GIVE: Gold Ribbon Rescue
Gold Ribbon Rescue provides a network for sheltering, rehabilitation, and finding loving homes for Golden Retrievers in Central Texas. They also work to educate the community about the Golden Retriever breed, and how to be a responsible dog owner in general. All of the dogs they rescue are friendly and non-aggressive, in desperate need of someone to care for them. The rescue takes dogs to receive a veterinarian check-up and any treatment they may need before putting them up for adoption.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, fill out the application on their website. Other ways to support the Gold Ribbon Rescue include signing up for monthly donations or volunteering.
GOTTA TRY: Fall Restaurant Openings
- Blacks BBQ- The famous Lockhart barbeque destination is opening a restaurant in Austin, with meat brought in from the original location daily