Thirsty Thursday: “Yellow Rose of Texas”

Photo by Denny Culbert.
Photo by Denny Culbert.

Amy Evans is the SFA’s lead oral historian, and a proud Texan as well (not sure if non-proud Texans exist, but there you have it). I knew I had to include tequila in the recipe, as well as a salty aspect. Amy’s infectious laugh, salty humor, and sassy sensibility all come to life in this “Yellow Rose of Texas” cocktail. I like Espolon’s blanco tequila for its lighter, sweeter taste, as well as its beautiful “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) packaging. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with Dublin Bottling Works’ Tart N Sweet Lemonade, made by Texas’ oldest soda bottling facility in Dublin, Texas. Recipe and Amy’s cocktail questionnaire are below.

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 3 ounces lemonade
  • club soda
  • lemons and salt for garnish
  • jalapeno simple syrup*

*In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup water and heat until the sugar dissolves. Add one de-seeded jalapeño and let cool for 2 hours or (even better) overnight. Strain the simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator until using.

Rub lemon slice around lip of glass, press into a saucer filled with Kosher salt. Combine crushed ice, tequila, lemonade, simple syrup, and club soda in the glass. Stir and garnish with jalapeno (if you dare).

Jalapeno garnish optional. Photo by Lindsey Kate Reynolds.
Jalapeno garnish optional. Photo by Lindsey Kate Reynolds.


1. Where did you grow up? Houston, Texas.

2. Your favorite historical figure crush? Zora Neale Hurston

3. Favorite musical group from the 50s, 60s or 70s? Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong duets.

4. Your middle name? Cameron.

5. Would you prefer an elaborate dinner party, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, two-stepping at a country western bar, or reading a book by the fireplace? Two-steppin’!

6. Dog or cat person? Preferred breed? Dog and cat, I have both. I don’t have a preferred breed, I like rescues.

7. What do you usually order at the bar? I love beer and I love wine. But if I order a cocktail, it’s usually a bourbon-y thing. Although I do love a really good Margarita. On the rocks with salt.

8. What did you drink in college that you will never drink again? Beam and Coke.

9. Top three favorite films? Raising Arizona, anything with Paul Newman, Roman Holiday.

10. What’s your favorite eating establishment in existence today? The original Ninfa’s on Navigation in Houston and anywhere in Franklin County with A. L. “Unk” Quick shucking oysters that he caught.

11. What three people—living or dead—would you want to have for company at a small dinner party? Ella Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Frida Kahlo, and Betty White.

12. Do you have any secret talents? Ummm…treasure hunting at antique malls?

13. Do you have any tattoos? (dramatic pause) I like to draw.

14. What’s your favorite dessert? Sweet potato pie.