Summer Fun 2011
Summer of the South

Anvil launches new Southern summer menu; Bobby Heugel insists his margarita recipe will die with him

Anvil launches new Southern summer menu; Bobby Heugel insists his margarita recipe will die with him

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Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

In homage to the region's rich cocktail tradition, Anvil Bar & Refuge has launched a new Southern-inspired summer menu.

The new drink menu, dubbed "The Summer of the South," will run four months and includes cocktails from three very official geographical regions: the South, the Deep South and the Sometimes South.

Twelve spankin' new drinks enjoy a spot on the menu; among them are the Dewberry Swizzle, Zydeco Fiddle, Alibi, Mud Turtle (a favorite, and an old nickname for native Houstonians), Devil's Run and the Rooster Cogburn.

Existing summertime favorites like the Pimms Cup, Georgia Mint Julep and the so-famous, top-secret Anvil Margarita are also on the menu.

Anvil founder/partner and resident mixologist Bobby Heugel tells CultureMap that the menu was inspired when he got to thinking about what role his cocktail bar should play. "We wanted to do something with a community focus," he says.

And what about that margarita recipe? As the menu notes, not even Anvil's loyal staff are in on Bobby's secret recipe. Heugel says it's going to stay that way — even if he gets hit by a bus.

"The bus takes the recipe with me," he told me without missing a beat. Now that's commitment.

Don't miss the new small plates, crafted by Catalan/Underbelly's Chris Shepherd, or the related cocktail class this month: Southern Drinking Culture. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at Anvil.

Class is in session Saturday  from 1 to 3 p.m.