"I'll take a rum and Pepsi.." I sometimes wonder if this is how PepsiCo employees order my easy, go-to drink. Since I don't typically venture out from a few, standard drink options, I thought I'd use part of my weekend to see on what else more adventurous alcohol drinkers sometimes rely. After all, it's not just personal style that can get stuck in a rut.
In Texas, alcohol sales are governed differently than my home state of Iowa. Designated, private retailers sell alcohol during set hours, though beer/wine is often available in grocery stores. For me, this meant an extra endeavor through the giant alcohol and wine retailer: Total Wine. I was interested to see just what an alcohol store the size of a walmart had to offer.
Inside were more types and varieties of alcohols than I will ever know. I made my way to the rum section and flagged down an associate. As someone who tends to order a standard captain coke, I asked him if he had alternate suggestions. He pointed me in the direction of George Ocean. The company is locally operated, out of Dallas, and said to be a top staff pick in the store for rum. SOLD!
Saturday evening, I made a small glass and tried a few sips. For anyone looking to up their rum game, I would definitely recommend it (21+ of course). The blend of spices gave it a smooth and sweet taste. I also prefer to garnish it with a wedge of lime. Although I don't drink in my home that often, I'll be interested to see if it's carried readily at local bars the next time I'm out and looking to place an order. What are your go-to drinks or locally-crafted favorites? Cheers!