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Wonderful libations at Alma

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Wonderful libations at Alma

Tida | Jul 11, 2002 02:04 PM

While my husband and I were at Chez Spencer this weekend, we agreed that we needed to pay a visit to Alma. We wanted to compare the energies of the two restaurants since we seem to like them both for similar reasons, outside of the styles of food offered. With that in mind, when my husband called me last night with impromptu plans to have dinner with some new friends, I suggested Alma.

We ordered all of our faves (various ceviche, corn arepas, pork chop, duck). What we really enjoyed about the evening however was the liquid side of the night. Our waiter/bartender, Maurice(?) told us about some special drinks they now serve, rum punches (not interested) and the cola de mono (tail of the monkey). Tail of the monkey is horchata (rice based I believe) with tequila and kahlua. Oh so delicious! In addition, my husband had a housemade sipping tequila that was smooth as smooth can be. At the end of the meal, Maurice brought out a drink whose name I didn't register but it's effectively like a bloody Mary made with beer. It's not on their menu-yet. This was so savory and would make an excellent complement to the ceviches or empanadas. Since he tested this drink on us at the end of the meal, we weren't interested in something savory by that point. It was a great drink nevertheless and would be fantastic with appetizers.

Maurice had made excellent recommendations all evening. The last suggestion was for dessert. One diner ordered the strawberries with cream and a corncake. Maurice suggested what I believe was the only muscat on the drink menu and it was a heavenly pairing.

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