Arts & Drafts Houston Showcases Local Artists and Now Has Lemonade Cocktails

When Arts & Drafts Houston returns to The Silo this year with all its sculptors, painters and stone workers, it'll be offering something new:  the Art of the Cocktail, with five gourmet lemonades mixed with an assortment of rum and vodka — courtesy of Grandma's Boys Lemonade. 

The second annual event will also feature a beer-sampling event with a variety of craft beers from local breweries including Saint Arnold, Karbach, Cycler's Brewing, Spindletap and Town in City Brewing Company. Beer and cocktail samples are included with the ticket price except for the tickets for underage and designated drivers.

Lemonade flavors — regular, strawberry, mango, watermelon and Incredible Hulk (a cucumber jalapeño lemonade) — will be mixed with Ciroc vodka and Blue Chair Bay Rum. Featured cocktails for the event include the Basil Haven (Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum, basil, lime and ginger beer) and the Beach Chair (Blue Chair Bay Vanilla Rum, pineapple juice, grenadine and ginger beer).

Drew Harris of Grandma's Boys Enterprise says one of his favorite events of the evening is the Graffiti Art contest. Starting at 4 p.m., select artists will compete for a grand prize of $150 and a "spray can" trophy. All art from the contest will be placed in a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction as well as a portion of ticket sales will benefit the La Rosa Family Services. La Rosa provides counseling and support to families of domestic violence. Houston-area bands and DJs will provide entertainment throughout the evening.

There will also be a people's choice award for best craft beer.

Arts & Drafts Houston is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 17 at The Silo, 4601 Clinton. All guests must be at least 18 years old. Admission is $25 for ages 18 and up and designated drivers, $35 for ages 21 and up, and $60 for a VIP ticket that includes a souvenir glass. Tickets to Arts & Drafts Houston are available for advance purchase at artsanddraftshou.com

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Jamie Alvear is a local blogger and freelance writer for the Houston Press. She enjoys writing about the vibrant food and beverage scene that the city has to offer. Jamie is a native Houstonian, avid traveler, and wine aficionado. You can typically find her around town sipping on everything from cocktails to craft beer.