I was invited by a girlfriend this past Sunday to attend a Crafted Cocktail Class at Articulture Designs. I pulled up to a little house at 6405 Manchaca Rd Austin TX, 78745. When I walked through the front door I was blown away. I walked into a living, breathing space with beautiful living walks, terrariums, living furniture and art as far as the eye could see. "Artrepreneur" Monique Capanelli launched Articulture Designs in 2009 in a home studio. She is a savant with air plants and moss. I wanted to redecorate my whole house that very moment. I was lost in the space when I was reminded that I was actually there to have some fun making original recipe crafted cocktails.
We walked into the back yard, which is actually an event space. All landscaped by Monique Capanelli and her husband, it was breathtaking. I wanted to get married all over again, to my husband of 20 years of course. There were succulents and cacti help within unique pots and driftwood, hanging from the ceiling space of a stage and in small pots for sale just for me! There was a beautiful natural wood table surrounded by soft blue metal chairs, accompanied by small plates with the all important recipe cards held down so simply with a small river rock. Everything was reusable or compostable. This is where we met Claudia!
Claudia AlarcÃ³n is a chef, a mixologist, a published writer about travel, cuisine and gardening in the sustainable way. She owns CuisineXplorers She has a beaming personality that is fun and contagious. She is a wealth of knowledge and was the perfect guide to show us how to create 5 delicious fresh cocktails on the most beautiful day I had seen in Austin in a while. She encouraged us to grow our own herbs at home so they would be at the ready for when we needed to mix that next fabulous cocktail. She added fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, juices, spices and spirits from her favorite local distilleries. She served the perfect combination of sweet, crisp, earthy and savory cocktails to pair with any Austin summer evening. She was funny and personable and I wanted to return to learn more from her in the fall!
We also met a representative from Revolution Spirits, highlighting their Resurrection Gin made with juniper, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, grapefruit peel and pink peppercorn for the botanicals. Revolution Spirits is a local distillery. I am not usually a gin fan, but this gin, with its many infused herbs and flavors, I was a convert. It was crisp and refreshing. Claudia created a Texas Blueberry Collins that was refreshing and a recipe I will be using at my next Barbecue get together.
My favorite drink was created with the Local Treaty Oak Rum. Claudia created the perfect Lemongrass Mojito that will be a staple at my home this summer.