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Ever heard of alcoholic edibles? These Austin-made snacks are infused with wine

(Boozy Bites)

Dee Bryant saw a problem with the standard jello shots. You’d have to scoop the edible alcohol out with your hands or tongue, it’s kind of slimy and you may not be entirely sure what’s in it.


So Bryant created Boozy Bites, a vegan wine-based treat that comes in pushup cups for easy snacking. The 15% alcohol treats are made from oranges sourced in Florida. And the recipe also involves three different forms of seaweed that help prevent it from melting. In the end, you get a 1.6-ounce bite that’s just shy of a half glass of wine.

“It really holds its integrity in Texas heat in the summer, so you're not going to have issues if you're by the pool or the lake,” Bryant said. “We recommend serving them chilled. By all means, they taste much better cold.”

Boozy Bites launched online in September 2020 before expanding to some grocery stores in 2021. Now, you're able to find them downtown at W Austin and the Fairmont Hotel, along with some bars, restaurants and liquor stores.

When Austonia talked to Bryant, the company was preparing for Fourth of July orders, as Boozy Bites are a big hit for holidays and other celebrations. As for flavors, there are margarita and cocktail-inspired packs or the option to order a mix and match pack of 20.

Dee Bryant started Boozy Bites to (Boozy Bites)


One of Bryant’s favorite memories from starting the company came when she brought Boozy Bites to a family reunion and her grandma walked around showing people how to use the push-up.

“I've seen them really be so fun across so many celebrations,” Bryant said. “At our Friendsgiving we have them, which always creates fun moments or for Galentine's Day.”

Boozy Bites are designed with an easy pop-up. (Boozy Bites)


Bryant’s love for this kind of work was formed while she lived in New Orleans doing research as a theoretical math major. She got a job bartending in the evenings at Coyote Ugly and over the summer, she became interested in brands and their role in social activities. She went on to get her MBA and work at PepsiCo.

Eventually, she came to Austin to launch her own brand. What started as Ethyl Ambrosia in 2019, is now Boozy Bites, after closing shop during the pandemic and rebranding. Now, Bryant's team is 15 people strong, working out of a space in East Austin.

“Austin just has such an innovative entrepreneurial spirit that I knew bringing a new brand to life just really made a lot of sense here,” Bryant said. “There's a fantastic group of entrepreneurs and folks that are in the early stages like we are and then also the ones that have really taken their brands to national recognition or to exit and so there's a lot of just really great resources from mentors and advisors.”

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway