The Chilton Cocktail  

If you've spent any time in Lubbock, Texas, the Chilton is probably recognisable to you.   

This year-round sipper, made with vodka, lemon juice, and soda water, is the West Texas city's distinctive drink and a cousin to the state's popular Ranch Water.  

According to local mythology, a barman at the Lubbock Country Club created the drink with the assistance of a thirsty guest named Dr Chilton  

In 2015, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal attempted but failed to validate this origin narrative. While the cocktail's origins are hazy, a Chilton sounds like the perfect drink to quench your thirst after a hot day on the golf course or tennis court.   

This beverage is so popular among Lubbock residents and Texas Tech Raiders that it has spawned a few variations on the traditional.   

Grapefruit aficionados can enjoy a Ruby Chilton at The West Table Kitchen & Bar in downtown, which is created with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka from Texas.  

For those who want to make the traditional cocktail at home, we're releasing the Chilton recipe straight from the Lubbock Country Club.   

While you might be tempted to streamline the process and forgo the salted rim, we wouldn't. It's all part of the drink's distinctive West Texas flair. Now let's make a Chilton and head to the porch!  

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