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A Sneak Peek at Houston's Newest Cocktail Bar

Julep gives old-school cocktails a chic update
June 17, 2014
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by Marcy de Luna

We’ve been waiting with bated breath for Julep to open. Rumor has it, the cocktail bar (housed in an 1880s uniform factory on Washington Avenue) will start serving Southern-inspired fare as soon as month’s end. In the meantime, we pressed owner and award-winning bartender Alba Huerta for details. The alumni of notables like Anvil Bar & Refuge and The Pastry War gave us the inside scoop on what to order.

1. A julep, of course! Choose from three versions of the iconic Southern cocktail: the Embers of Paradise (burnt spices dunked in rum, applejack, mint and cane syrup), the classic (whiskey, sugar, mint and powdered-sugar garnish) or a champagne-enhanced version.

2. The Cherry Bounce Sour cocktail. Julep’s take on the classic whiskey sour is skillfully made with high-proof whiskey and Cherry Bounce (sweet liqueur). Served on the rocks, the seasonal cocktail delivers fruity notes thanks to ripe, tannic cherries. There are eight other specialty cocktails (including riffs on Sazeracs and crustas), plus a trio of large-portion drinks (like the sharable Texas cider milk punch).

3. The 1974 A. H. Hirsch, 16-year old bourbon. This coveted liquid rock star is no longer in production, but it can be yours at Julep. Everything bourbon aficionados love, it offers: perfectly sweet notes of caramel and vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Rich and full, it’s balanced by a slightly smoky flavor and spices like anise and clove. Plenty of other bourbons are yours for the taking too — there’s a whiskey locker stocked with the hooch.

4. J.M. Brocard St. Bris 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. The unique vintage is the only Burgundy that allows Sauvignon in the wines.

5. Rabbit Rillette. Served with a toasted baguette, it’s seasoned with fresh thyme, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Expect this and other delectable bar snacks from chef Adam Garcia, formerly of Revival Market and The Pass and Provisions.

6. Boiler Room brew with oysters. The light, sour wheat beer starts out sweet and quickly yields to a tart body and finish. It pairs exceptionally well with Julep's offering of freshly shucked oysters.

When Julep finally opens, it will operate seven days a week from 4 PM to 2 AM.

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