Today’s “Out on the Town” features the pairing of two iconic Texas Hill Country spirits, Tito’s Vodka, and Paula’s Texas Orange. Paula’s Texas Orange is an orange-cello style taste that is perfect on the rocks, or acting as a triple sec substitute with a 1/2 ounce injected into your favorite margarita.

Tito’s Vodka, distilled in Austin Texas, is an uber-smooth 6 times distilled vodka that has won numerous head to head taste test contents against the big guys at Grey Goose and Kettle one. The smooth,silky balance makes it perfect for the base spirit to be used for various infusions.

Originally called “The Carolina”, and renamed “The Texas Two Step”, this drink should become a staple in your Martini style drink library. It is easy to make, very refreshing to the palate, and delicately combines the sublime taste of Paula’s Orange with a little grapefruit juice to delicately balance the flavors in a way you would not think would blend together well, but they do quite nicely.

The Texas Two Step

1 and 1/2 oz. Tito’s Vodka

1/2 oz Paula’s Texas Orange

1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

Mix all ingredients in cocktail shaker, give it a few good shakes, pour in chilled martini glass, add orange wheel to garnish.

This particular drink is called “The Carolina” on the Texas Inspired Cocktail menu at the El Real restaurant, Houston Texas.  The El Real is one of the best old-school Tex-Mex in town, and is one of the crown jewels in the Bryan Caswell stable that includes The Reef and Little Bigs