Drinks With Rob: Austin’s Best Restauranteur Shares His Top Five Drinks

The owner of Péché and Isla in Austin, Texas, shares four favorite cocktails and a hangover cure.

Each issue, FLOOD asks one of the country’s most outstanding barkeepers to give us the lowdown on their favorite drinks. This installment: The exceptional Austin restaurant owner Rob Pate of Péché, Austin’s first absinthe bar specializing in pre-Prohibition-style cocktails and fine dining, and Isla, his newest endeavor.


“The unofficial drink of Italy. Who doesn’t love a bitter Italian woman?”

1 oz. gin
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. Campari

Stir and serve on rocks with orange twist


“Classic, yet modern.”

2 oz. rye
½ oz. sweet vermouth

Stir and strain, up
Top with fig foam
Fig foam:
8 eggs
24 oz. of fig syrup

Put in carbonator and charge


“Always gets my girl in the mood.”

1½ oz. gin
½ oz. simple syrup

Shake and strain, up
Top with 3 oz. champagne
Garnish with lemon twist


“In the heat of Austin, in the middle of the day, there is nothing better.”

1½ oz. of absinthe
½ oz. orgeat syrup

Fill glass with crushed ice and stir


“An old British hangover cure… As much as they drink, they have to know the best.”

1 oz. gin
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Lillet Blanc
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 dash absinthe
Orange peel

Shake all ingredients with ice
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
and garnish

For more, visit PecheAustin.com and IslaAustin.com


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