Monday, November 7, 2011

Treaty Oak Distilling Proudly Announces Waterloo Gin

After months of hard work and recipe testing, we are proud to announce our release of Waterloo Gin.  We've had the goal of releasing a gin since we first released Treaty Oak Rum several years back.  The name was an obvious choice once we learned that Austin was originally known as Waterloo.  Our goal with Waterloo was to stay true to the traditional London Dry Gin style while still making the gin's Texas roots evident.  Waterloo Gin is a true Texas Native.

Waterloo is a distilled gin as opposed to a compound gin.  Distilled gins are made by placing the various botanicals into the column of a still while the wash is boiled.  The vaporized distillate then passes through the botanicals and absorbs the flavor.  A compound gin is made simply by steeping botanicals into neutral grain spirit.

We use local juniper, lavender, zest from oranges, lemons and grapefruits, rosemary, anise, coriander, licorice root, ginger root and pecans to flavor our brave gin.  The combination of flavors is big - we by no means intended to make this a soft or quiet gin.  The lavender, grapefruit and pecan are a departure from traditional gin recipes, but they give Waterloo the Texas flavor we wanted.  

We hope that you enjoy this latest elixir from our distillery, Treaty Oak Distilling Company.  We're very proud to finally be able to offer it to you.  Please let us know what you think and keep us aware of any interesting cocktails you may come up with.  Here's a classic that we've been enjoying to get you started:

Waterloo Martini
2 oz Waterloo
1 dash dry vermouth
2 barspoons olive brine
a lemon zest
a green olive
Add the Waterloo, dry vermouth and olive brine to a shaker or pint glass filled with ice.  Stir (don't shake).  Strain into a chilled martini glass with a lemon-zested edge.  Garnish with an olive.

Be brave - Drink Waterloo!


Daniel Barnes
Owner & Distiller
Treaty Oak Distilling Co.


  1. Waterloo
    Pomegranate juice
    Lime squeeze

  2. Waterloo
    Topo Chico
    Ruby Red Grapefruit

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  4. "Waterloo Cocktail"
    5 2x1 in chunks of Watermelon
    1/2 oz Simple Syrup
    Muddle the above in a cocktail glass
    Add 2 oz Waterloo
    1/4 oz Campari
    Juice of 1/2 a lemon
    Shake over ice

    Pour unstrained into a Colin's glass add a chunk of watermelon for garnish

  5. Just tried this over the weekend while in San Antonio, and I love the flavor! Makes a fantastic gin & tonic. Do you distribute to California? (Preferably the Bay Area)

  6. LOVE the gin personally. Have a family member who also appreciates a good gin, however she has Celiac disease and must avoid gluten. Waterloo is made from grains: Can you tell us what grain(s)?

  7. This is outstanding stuff. I enjoyed the aroma and taste of my gin & tonic so much I was inspired to drink it neat -- first time I'd ever done that with gin. Sometimes I pour it over a couple grapefruit wedges, or splash a few frozen pomegranates in there. As long as I don't add too much of anything it's wonderful.