I liked the new Star Trek movie! The old school Star Trek nerds may whine and complain about the loss of their old Star Trek, but nothing was going to please them anyway. This one really did have something for…
Not really, but I am fresh out of gin and I can’t make a lot of cocktails right now. I could run to Specs (which for my Vegas friends is like the Lee’s Discount Liquor of Texas). Decent selection, but not enough there to satisfy my spoiled palate. Thus, I have been looking for a store to match what luxury I had in Vegas with Total Wine & More. That place is awesome, and they carry a tremendous selection of wines and spirits. Beer too, but I don’t really buy any.
So while we were out about town we found a place called the Houston Wine Merchant. They do wine tastings twice a week and they don’t carry the generic crap you see at every other liquor place and supermarket. While they may be a little more expensive, you get your money’s worth in the knowledge and experience of the guy who runs the place, who was more than happy to give us a tour of the store and discuss in detail any product line he has. Most importantly, he stocks hard-to-find liquor, like this beauty:
Rothman & Winter’s Creme De Violette, a crucial ingredient in the Aviaton. Even Total Wine & More only ever had the cheap knockoff version which is more sugar water than anything else. Houston Wine Merchant had it. They also had a selection of odd liquors, rare scotches and gins, and bitters! I stopped myself before I went nuts buying weird bitters.
So now I need the fill up my bar. It hasn’t been proper full since before the move, and I’m running low on everything. I think I need to choose 5 or 6 drinks that I prefer and get the ingredients for those, and then fill with standards. Ideas?