What Are You Drinking During the F1 Grand Prix?

COTA F1 Race Cocktail The roar of the engines at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix is about to obliterate the bucolic peace at the Circuits of The Americas (COTA) racetrack this weekend in Austin, TX. For the second time, F1 race fans from around the world will descend on the city to see the most sophisticated motor sports on the planet and to party until the wee hours.

There will be plenty of parties to be had. In addition to converting several downtown blocks into a giant party with the Austin Fan Fest, many Austin bars and restaurants will cater to F1 fans.

The W Austin has created a signature drink for for Circuit of The Americas and all of the F1 fans. With the intention to rev up for the big race weekend, the W Austin is featuring the COTA Flame as a $5 S.I.P. of the Day. If you order the cocktail between 3-6:30 p.m. today you will also get a W Austin signature COTA Flame souvenir glass. The COTA Flame will also be for sale in the souvenir glasses throughout the weekend at the racetrack beginning Friday, Nov. 15.

The cocktail features  Texas-made ingredients, including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Paula’s Texas Orange and Bad Dog Barcraft’s Fire and Damnation Bitters, so fans will get a little taste of Texas.

COTA Flame Official Recipe from the W Austin

  • 2 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • .75 oz. Paula’s Texas Orange
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • .5 oz. lemon juice (fresh squeezed from ½ lemon)
  • .5 oz. orange juice (fresh squeezed from ¼ orange)
  • 4-5 dashes of Bad Dog Fire & Damnation Bitters
  • Bar spoon of blood orange puree

COTA Flame F1 cocktail Fill large pint glass with ice, pour all liquors, juices and bitters over ice and shake. Strain into fresh glass with a few ice cubes and top with sprite and drizzle of blood orange puree. For a little pizzazz, flame an orange peel.

If you aren’t headed to the track, the Liberty Tavern, in the Hilton Austin, will host a race watch party with live coverage on nine HD TVs. During the Austin F1 race on November 17, the tavern will offer specials on local favorites including cocktails on tap like the Tito’s Kick’n Mule and the Texas Sipper, as well as local beers from Austin Beerworks, Circle Brewing, Adelbert’s and Hops & Grain.  In addition, there will be half-priced bar bites such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Stuffed Roasted Jalapeños and Fish Tacos.  As always, bar specials include $3 domestics, $4 imports and the $5 Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar.

Its a great weekend to have Texas-made drinks during the F1 Grand Prix.

Photos courtesy of  Reagan Hackleman for W Austin.

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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