Wednesday, May 15, 2013

El Monumento's El Bar: Only Bar in Georgetown Serving Craft Cocktails

El Monumento’s El Bar Takes Cocktails to New Heights 
With Mixology Wednesdays

Every Wednesday evening from 6 until closing, the mixologists at El Bar are pushing their creativity to higher levels and pouring three specialty cocktails for $14. The tasting menu will change each week and take advantage of the fresh produce, fine ingredients, and new methodologies that are integral to El Bar’s philosophy. “Our cocktail list is all about hand-crafted classics made to exacting standards unique to El Bar,” said Jeremy Corn, beverage director of the Monument.

El Bar has taken the margarita to new heights. For the frozen margarita, El Bar uses a Japanese shaved-ice machine to create a snow cone infused with 100 percent blue agave blanco tequila, all-natural Triple Sec, and freshly-squeezed lime juice. The 8-Hour Margarita is more intensive - over the eight-hour process, Don Julio tequila and Cointreau diffuse through a hopper filled with lime and orange supremes, lime and orange zest, lemongrass, and sugar. The result is bottled in a glass vial and is served in frozen martini glasses rimmed with salt crystals.

All cocktails are made by hand at El Bar, and the attention to detail, from the house-made syrups—grenadine, strawberry, and mint—to the fresh hand-squeezed juices is unmatched. New processes, such cold smoking drinks and nitrogen cavitation to create instant infusions like jalapeño vodka, are used to produce unique drinks. Favorites include Jasper’s Planters Punch—dark Jamaican rum, Jasper’s secret mix, hand-shaved ice, and fresh mint ($8); the Old-Fashioned—rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, and sugar ($8); the Daiquiri—Panamanian rum, fresh lime juice, and sugar ($8), and the Mojito—rum, fresh lime juice, and mint. A carefully curated selection of wines and locally-made craft brews, including Pedernales Classic IPA and Real Ale Fireman’s 4, round out the offerings.

El Bar is part of El Monumento, a lively farm-to-table interior Mexican and south Texas  restaurant that overlooks the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, and features a spacious wrap-around mesquite bar surrounded by handsome leather stools seating up to 24 people.

El Bar at El Monumento is located at 205 W. 2nd and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to10pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm. Happy hour is Monday through Friday afternoons from 4 to 6. For more information, call 512-591-7866 or see
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