On any given Friday night (or, err, Tuesday late morning) many of us are in the mood for a powerful drink at a palatable price point. But, say, oh, you just won the Powerball. Or maybe that insurance settlement recently came through. Or perhaps the inheritance from dear old Aunt Betsy was more sizeable than expected. How might you toast your fortune in grand style? In addition to buying multiple rounds for all your new “friends,” you might also indulge in a few of H-town’s priciest tipples. Here’s a brief tour for the discerning drinker.
Plenty of Houston restaurants serve great margaritas, naturally, but only Caracol claims to have “The Greatest Margarita Ever Sold.” What does this hyperbolic cocktail contain that makes it so great? Among other ingredients: Gran Centenario Añejo tequila, Gran Marnier aged for 25 years, freshly squeezed tangerine and lime juices, and a rim sporting Murray River salt flakes. Fancy, and at $28 it should be.
Among the extensive collection of Scotch, Irish, Japanese, and even Tasmanian whisk(e)ys at Reserve 101 are many choices that will set you back a pretty penny. A shot of the 34-year-old Port Ellen runs a (relatively) modest $200; for twice that amount you can have one-and-a-half ounces of 40-year-old Glenfidditch. If those prices don’t have you batting an eye, go for the 1963 Glenmorangie. Only 50 bottles remain on earth (!) and a single shot serving is $550.
For high-end south-of-the-border spirits, head to TQLA, where you have access to Jose Cuervo's limited edition 250th Anniversary tequila. It's aged for three years in bourbon barrels, then finished for 10 months in sherry casks. Since a bottle goes for more than $2,000, a single shot ($400) almost seems like a bargain.
High-end libations are unsurprisingly par for the course at swanky Montrose staple Mark’s American Cuisine. Although most of Mark's cocktails fall in the $16 to $18 range, it’s the fine vino that facilitates maximum credit card debt. Many of the wines by the glass hover far above the $20 price point, with the baller 1980 Warres Vintage Port—a great vintage for a Port—ranking highest at a cool $35 per pour.
Coppa Ristorante similarly boasts a wine list for high rollers, with its priciest glass coming in at $40 for a single stem of Krug Grand Cuvee champagne. For the sake of comparison, consider the fact you can have four glasses of bubbly red Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena—a seriously excellent Lambrusco—for the same amount.
But all this information probably isn’t really necessary for those who can afford to indulge in such a fashion. After all, the old adage tends to hold true: if you have to ask how much it costs, then you probably can’t afford it.