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Sangria on the Burg: A pumpkin-spiced surprise

Sangria on the Burg: A pumpkin-spiced surprise - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Sangria on the Burg on Nov. 6, 2020. The restaurant is located near San Antonio's Medical Center. Since 2016, they have served foods and cocktails with unique twists. Photo by Veronica Valdes.

Sangria on the Burg is one of my favorite spots to wind down and treat myself. The local eatery has maintained a high ranking on my list for their consistent top-tier flavor and service. 

I craved takeout on Friday, Nov. 6 after a stressful week. I placed my online order and made the 17-minute drive to Sangria on the Burg. 

As I drove up, I was surprised to find a single parking spot within close proximity on a bustling Friday night. When I walked in, almost all of the tables were engrossed in laughter and chatter. I was promptly greeted by a staff member and was directed towards the bar to pick up my order. 

When I picked up my barbecue po boy sliders and fries, I asked about their seasonal cocktail. The employee said they received positive feedback on the Pumpkin Spiced Mule – I decided to try it. As they crafted my drink, I noticed the plexiglass barriers between parties at the bar. 

I briefly reminisced on life before social distancing and COVID-19. I longed for the times where I sat on the barstools, elbow-to-elbow with strangers, striking conversations, watching sports I know very little about or getting lost in a daydream while chowing down on a tasty meal. This time around, however, my dining table took place in a dimly lit driver’s seat with a FaceTime date. 

Excitedly, I pulled my dinner out of the bag. I visually inspected the opaque, tamarind-colored drink in the clear pouch. The cocktail consisted of vodka, lime juice, pumpkin spice syrup and ginger beer. I had my doubts but shooed the negative thoughts away. 

Since I did not have a designated driver, I had a bottle of water to wash down my meal; the cocktail was going to be reserved for later. However, curiosity struck and I took a sip of the cocktail, which resulted with a blast of overly fragrant pumpkin spice drowning my taste buds. I set the drink down to process what I tasted. I was torn between suppressing the memory or giving the cocktail another chance. Anxious to eliminate the flavor, I took a bite of the familiar-tasting barbecue sliders. 

The sliders, which are one of my go-to menu items, did not taste the same. It was as if there was a pumpkin-spiced film inside my mouth for the rest of the meal; the thick-cut fries momentarily masked the foreign flavor. I revisited the thought of giving the cocktail another try, however, I opted against taking another sip. I closed the pouch, placed the pumpkin spiced mule in a trash bag and continued sipping on water.

As I used to routinely order their seasonal cocktails with blind faith, I will continue to do so despite this experience. The pumpkin spiced mule will not turn me away from Sangria on the Burg. Up until now I have enjoyed each of their seasonal cocktails and the food has always been full of flavor. I foresee my next visit to be after finals week.

To make a reservation or place an order, visit their website.

Sangria on the Burg

5115 Fredericksburg Rd

San Antonio, TX 78229

Phone: (210) 265-3763



Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 11 – 10 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 11 – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 10 – 9 p.m.

About the Author

Veronica Valdes
Veronica Valdes
Veronica Valdes is a senior communication major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and is Editor-in-Chief at The Mesquite. She graduated from Northwest Vista College in 2018. The West Texas native traded in her hometown’s sand dunes for San Antonio’s city lights. Veronica now dedicates her spare time to explore every nook and cranny the city has to offer; she enjoys trying unique restaurants and loves live music. Veronica plans on pursuing a career in journalism upon graduating.

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