Houston Farris is a native of Harlingen, who first relocated to Houston to attend Rice University. After nine years in the ministry, he began to take his keen interest in the art of cocktails to a professional level. Since 2010, the self-taught mixologist has honed his skills at acclaimed Houston venues like Hotel ICON, where he managed the beverage program for LINE & LARIAT, and currently mans the bar at downtown’s The Pastry War. As the recently appointed brand mixologist for Yellow Rose Distilling, which debuted the first legal distillery in the Houston city limits in early fall 2014, the lifelong Texan is incorporating his love of fresh, regional ingredients into craft drinks that showcase the brand’s celebrated whiskeys and bourbons plus a newly launched vodka. Farris makes his home in The Heights with wife Christy and toddler Holden.
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Houston, TX 77002
Sagebrush And Pine Toddy
Add all ingredients to toddy mug and stir briefly. Garnish with rosemary sprig and fresh peppercorns.
Sage-Peppercorn Simple Syrup
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir sugar and reduce heat to medium. Add black peppercorns and sage leaves. Immediately remove from heat. Let syrup sit for five minutes and then strain into a clean glass jar.
Summer In Winter
In a mug, add bourbon and cinnamon. Add fresh hot chocolate. Stir to mix. Add garnish.
Tastes Like Freedom
Build over cracked ice in a rocks glass. Stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple peel.
Apple Cinnamon Syrup
Bring all ingredients (only half the apples) to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool. Discard solids and strain into a clean glass jar. Add remaining apples and infuse 8 hours.
Mother of four college to Kindergarten, Lisa Carey is a National and Local writer for Examiner. She brings with her 20 years experience in education, working with families and her enthusiasm for the Houston area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.