Art of the Cocktail: The Austrian

Art of the Cocktail, Beer & Cocktails, Drink

It’s not every day that a bartender garnishes your cocktail with freshly ground white pepper. But then again, San Francisco’s Bourbon and Branch isn’t your typical bar, and Jayson Wilde and Tony Devencenzi aren’t your average bartenders.


The duo work their magic six nights a week behind the bar at the famed speakeasy, which has become known for its unusual artisan cocktails. They shared with us the tricks behind mixing one of the house favorites, The Austrian, flavored with fresh citrus juices, ginger, gin and fruity Lillet Blanc. See the full recipe below, then scroll down to watch how the pros do it.



The Austrian


1 1/2 oz. gin

3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc

3/4 oz. grapefruit juice

1/2 oz. ginger syrup (see note below)

1/2 oz. lemon juice

2 dashes Angostura bitters


Cracked white pepper for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, Lillet Blanc, grapefruit juice, ginger syrup, lemon juice and bitters. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain through a double strainer into a coupe glass and garnish with white pepper. Serves 1.


Note: To make the ginger syrup, cut thin slices of ginger and add into simple syrup while it’s cooking on the stovetop, with a little black pepper.


About the authorOlivia Terenzio grew up in Mississippi, where she cultivated a love of sweet potatoes, crawfish and cloth napkins at a young age. A passion for sharing food with friends and family led her into the kitchen and later to culinary school, where she learned how to roast a chicken and decorate a cake like a pro. As a Williams-Sonoma blog editor, she’s now lucky enough to be talking, writing and thinking about food all day.

3 comments about “Art of the Cocktail: The Austrian

  1. Fiona

    Had this at Bourbon and Branch last night. Honestly, it’s up there among my favorite cocktails I’ve ever tasted.

  2. danette

    Lovely cocktail – I cannot yet achieve that layer of foam nor the dark color. Mine turns out a very light peachy color. The taste is amazing though. Vodka works just fine if you have non-gin drinkers.


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