After checking into the retro-vibed Cotton Court Hotel in Lubbock a few weeks ago, I got right into the spirit of things with the Texas city’s signature drink – the Chilton.
As the story goes, a Lubbock local known only as Dr. Chilton wanted a drink during a visit to the local country club. He asked the bartender to stir up some vodka and club soda, squeeze in a bunch of lemon juice, and serve it over ice in a glass with a salted rim.
My hosts had thoughtfully left me all the ingredients to make one myself. And it turns out the drink – which tasted like a mashup of lemonade and a margarita, with some fizz tossed in for good measure, goes down great on a hot Texas day.
Ingredients (makes one):
1 ½ oz. vodka
Juice of one lemon
Directions: Rim a highball glass with salt, then fill with ice. Add vodka and lemon juice. Fill the glass with club soda and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel or wedge.