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Deep Eddy Fruit-Based Vodkas from the Heart of Texas

Deep Eddy Fruit-Based Vodkas from the Heart of Texas


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These flavored vodkas don't even need mixers

Deep Eddy contains real fruit and therefore is colored red, pink, and yellow.

Deep in the heart of Texas, North Austin to be exact, lies Deep Eddy, the Lone Star’s oldest swimming pool. Deep Eddy is also the name of a super smooth artisan Austin-made vodka.

In addition to their regular non-flavored vodka, I tasted their Sweet Tea, Ruby Red, Lemon, and Cranberry infusions. I was so impressed with the fruit vodkas that I couldn’t bring myself to mix them with anything else.

Sure Deep Eddy has recipe suggestions but each sip bordered on thirst quenching…like fresh squeezed grapefruit aroma or tart lemon juice with the requisite vodka kick. Perfect for sipping straight up as a refreshing aperitif before a lavish meal or simply on its own on the patio!

As Deep Eddy co-founder and CEO Clayton Christopher points out, “Flavored vodkas are all clear. Fruit is not clear. If you’re using the real thing, it’s not clear. That’s why Deep Eddy fruit flavored vodkas are pink yellow and red.”

Deep Eddy’s distinct flavor comes from being distilled 10 times and infused with fruits sourced from where they're grown best like cranberry bogs in Massachusetts and Rio Red grapefruits from Rio Grande Valley citrus in Texas. The base vodka is made with Texas-sourced corn. The result is an aroma so intensely fruity and fresh, it pops right out the neck of the bottle when you unscrew the cap.

I’m convinced that this along with the bottle label’s vintage pin-up girls taken from decades-old Deep Eddy pool advertisements were the deciding factors in winning it a gold medal in the flavored vodka category at last year’s 13th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Photo courtesy of Steve Mirsky. Coverage made possible by participating in a sponsored tasting.


“House Wine of the South”

Jamie and I celebrated 7 years together last month with a – typical for us – meal of tacos, chicken fried steak and tamales.

Delicious, just delicious. It was our first time there, and I guarantee we’ll be back.

The best part of the meal? I’d say that it was the prickly pear margaritas made table-side. But if you ask Jamie, he’d say it was the iced tea.

Sure, iced tea is welcoming and refreshing on a hot Texas day. But Stampede 66 serves no ordinary iced tea.

Theirs has a kick. It’s more of an Adults Only iced beverage.

Made with Red Bull, Lemoncello and……(the most important ingredient here) Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka that’s brewed right in Texas.

Deep Eddy Vodkas are handmade in Austin, Texas in a tiny distillery by Clayton Christopher, the creator of Sweet Leaf Tea Beverages, and Chad Auler, the creator of Savvy Vodka. Using only local, natural ingredients, like real tea leaves and Texas honey, the pair set out to create a superior beverage.

We think that they did just that.

Traditionally, lemoncello is a bright liquor made from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons. The lemon zest is steeped in rectified spirit, like high-proof vodka, until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed with simple syrup and water to achieve the desired strength.

Enough teasing already, here’s our version of Stampede 66’s recipe

In a chilled mason jar filled with Sonic ice, trust us on this – Sonic ice, pour the following things


Chili's new Deep Eddy cocktail is simple and simply delicious

In January, Chili's took Texas craft beer to the masses with the release of its Baby Back Ribs doused in Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. beer-infused barbecue sauce. Now, the 40-year-old Dallas chain is taking Texas vodka for a spin.

On August 3, Chili's will launch a new cocktail called Deep Eddy Lemonade, and the new recipe suggests the restaurant may finally have learned that less is more.

Enough with the overly sweet and sugary cocktails. Deep Eddy Texas Lemonade is a simple blend of Deep Eddy Lemon vodka and soda, and it's simply delicious. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon to cut the strong taste of the alcohol and you'll be hard-pressed to stick with just one. (If you're smart, you'll grab the ingredients on your own and take this bev poolside.)

I recently had the pleasure of trying the cocktail at Chili's test kitchen, located in North Dallas. It was served alongside several other new menu items that will making their way into the chain's 1,400 locations nationwide next week. Those eats include a new guacamole recipe that includes bacon, a pair of giant burritos and a tasty new dessert crumble cake topped with ice cream and berries.

What I found most interesting about Chili's pitch, however, is the company's investment in what chefs at the test kitchen called a "combi oven" -- "it smokes, it steams, it roasts," the chef told us.

All of this to say that every free-standing Chili's in America -- this excludes airport restaurants -- smokes meat in house on pecan wood no less. News to you, too?

Admittedly, it's been years since I've eaten at Chili's, but this new attitude is certainly alluring, especially in the way of the drink offerings. Texas pride doesn't need any artificial additives, Chili's just garnish and serve with a little Southern charm.

Tiney Ricciardi. Though she was born in California, Tiney is a Texan at heart with two degrees from Dallas’ Southern Methodist University under her belt. Her passions for music and language have taken her across the world, from Peru to Switzerland and all corners of America. A self-proclaimed master of puns, she currently resides in East Dallas priming her online publishing skills and snuggling with her cats. Ask her where to find good music and good beer.


This cool, blue and red slushy is perfect to sip poolside on any hot summer day. Not just the Fourth of July. This visually stunning cocktail is sure to wow the crowd at any party or small get together. The layered effect you get from the blue, coconut Red Bull slushy and the red, Deep Eddy cranberry vodka is mesmerizing. We highly recommend this cocktail to be served at your next barbecue, Fourth of July party, or casual pool day with your a few friends.

The icy blue colored Red Bull in this cocktail is their Coconut Edition. The Coconut Edition Red Bull is a tangy blend of exotic coconut and fruity blueberry flavor. It pairs perfectly with the tart Deep Eddy cranberry vodka!

Deep Eddy puts the “Proud” in the name of this cocktail. It is an authentic American vodka that originated in Texas. The cranberry vodka is a beautiful bright red and the label has hints of blue in the design, making this vodka perfect for Fourth of July festivities. That’s why we went with the mini bottles. The mini bottles double as a patriotic garnish to this cocktail!


Boozy Strawberry Peach Lemonade

Me loving summer is somewhat of an understatement. I actually love Houston’s sticky weather because it keeps my skin young, and always offers a chance to get some vitamin D! But there’s nothing that I love more than cool cocktails in the hottest months of the year. I especially love Boozy Strawberry Lemonade!

I think everyone remembers a good lemonade, whether it’s Beyonce, old fashioned fresh lemons, sugar and water, or it’s got fancy flavors like blackberries, raspberries, lemonade is simply a classic for anyone.

But I like to mix things up, and on my latest trip to my favorite grocery store in the universe (you’re missing out if you’re not in TX. No store does more!), I found strawberry lemonade, which I knew my husband would love. Once I got home, I remembered that I had a bottle of Peach Deep Eddy Vodka on my bar cart, and it was at that moment that genius struck me. “MIX THEM ALL TOGETHER,” the voice in my head was screaming. And then I remembered that I picked up mint at the store instead of basil, and honestly, the rest was history.

Peep the recipe below. It’s super easy, and it involves two of my favorite things in the world – Deep Eddy Vodka, and Topo Chico Mineral Water (honestly, Topo deserves its on blog, with its own explanation of why it’s so amazing, but that will come at another time).

As adults, we should have fun with the classics. This does it for me.

Leave a comment below – what’s your favorite way to enjoy lemonade? Boozy, or not!

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I don’t have much experience in drinking vodka but I gotta tell ya this Deep Eddys vodka in paticular the ruby red and lemon vodka is outstanding. I’ve only had it like the bottle suggests, little bit of club soda with a lime (ruby red) and the lemon with just club soda.
So smooth, no harsh taste or bad after taste. The price is 21.99 in alabama but 17.99 at the alabamaa state store.

the cranberry deep eddy is wonderful-mixed with the squeeze of fresh limes and just a splash of club soda. Like drinking a cape codder without all the extra calories


Texas-based vodka distillery Deep Eddy Vodka bought out by Heaven Hill Brands

1 of 104 Let s go deep in the heart of Texas to the Deep Eddy vodka makers in Austin who have come up with a flavored vodka near and tear to the Lone Star State heart. Deep Eddy Ruby Red sports the refreshing taste of red grapefruit. Perfect served on the rocks, mixed with champagne or in any other summer cocktail that whets your whistle $18.99. Deep Eddy Show More Show Less

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Goode Company BBQ appeared on the Houston scene in 1977, founded by Jim Goode and family just off Kirby Drive. He got that chance when the owner of a failing barbecue joint on Kirby, the Red Barn, agreed to sell the store for $6,000. The Goodes called family and friends to help clean up the place, and it opened the Tuesday after Labor Day 1977. Goode Company now has barbecue, taco and seafood joints throughout the Houston area.

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Lucchese Boot Company

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Value in 2014: $3.77 billion

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It's deep in the heart of Texas.

Austin-made vodka favorite, Deep Eddy Vodka, has reached an agreement to be bought out by Heaven Hill Brands, out of Kentucky.

Heaven Hill Brands noted how Deep Eddy Vodka "is propelled by its Austin-bred roots," in a news release about the transaction while also pointing out that "much of Deep Eddy Vodkas' growth is the result of innovative marketing and sales programs centered on the Deep Eddy Vodkas' iconic, retro-style rooted in the rich history of Austin."

Details of the deal were not immediately released, however Eric Dopkins will continue as president of Deep Eddy Vodka while the vodka will continue to be produced at the Austin-area distillery.

Deep Eddy Vodka was founded in Austin in 2010 by local entrepreneurs Clayton Christopher (creator of Sweet Leaf Tea) and Chad Auler (creator of Savvy Vodka).

Feeling a little sad for Texas? See the gallery above for other awesome brands out of the Lone Star State.


Sweet Tea and summertime go hand in hand, especially in the South. There’s nothing better than grabbing a tall, refreshing glass on a hot summer day, so it’s perfect that we celebrate National Sweet Tea Day on Tuesday, August 21 .

Sweet Tea, everyone’s favorite thirst quencher, makes the best base for a cocktail and a delicious boozy cupcake. Below are the Sweet Tea recipes you didn’t know you needed. So, let’s raise a glass (and a cupcake) to National Sweet Tea Day!

Sweet Tea Cupcakes

Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka Cupcakes

3 tablespoons Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

3 ½ tablespoons lemon zest

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

3 tablespoons Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka

Texas Peach Tea

1.5 oz Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka

.5 oz Deep Eddy Peach Vodka

Muddled peaches or Peach Puree (1oz)

The Deep Daly aka Arnold Palmer

1 part Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka

Summer Tea Jam

2 ounces Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka

1 bar spoon strawberry jam

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice

Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients

Strain into your glass over fresh ice

Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

3 cups fresh blackberries

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus mint sprigs for garnish

6 good-quality black tea bags

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, to taste (Bobby likes Woodford Reserve)

Combine the blackberries, sugar and chopped mint in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon let sit while making the tea.

While the blackberries are macerating, bring 1 1/2 quarts cold water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for about 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea over the blackberry mixture. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour to let the flavors meld.

Pour the mixture through a strainer into a pitcher, pressing on the solids. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. (You can also pour the mixture into a bowl set over an ice bath to cool it faster.)

Serve the blackberry tea over ice in tall glasses and float a shot of Woodford Reserve bourbon on top of each. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs (like a mint julep).

Deep Eddy Vodka

Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka is distilled from corn in small batches in a 99% waste-free production process and is available for purchase in all 50 states. It is currently the fastest-growing super-premium vodka in the U.S. Expressions include Original, Lemon, Ruby Red, Peach, Sweet Tea, Orange and Cranberry.

Seagram’s Vodka

Since 1857, the Seagram’s brand has been one that consumers know and trust. Seagram’s Vodka with nine expressions of American made vodkas, continues to encompass American heritage and values and is a reliable choice of quality and taste. Produced with high quality American grain with a clean, extra smooth taste, Seagram’s Vodka allows for drinking straight up, on the rocks, or in your favorite cocktail. Expressions include Original, Platinum Select, Juicy Watermelon, Golden Apricot, Red Berry, Apple, Grapefruit, Peach and Sweet Tea.


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