I’m sitting here in the 10am hour of my garage sale. 3 hours in, I’ve sod $150 worth of stuff. I guess that’s not bad, but it’s all the big stuff: mower, edger, vacuum, cabinet, and a bunch of clothes….
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?