What booze is missing from LCBO shelves?
Whenever I buy a bottle of vermouth at the LCBO, I'm struck by just how pathetic the selection is. Sure, there probably aren't too many straight vermouth drinkers out there, but as a key ingredient in popular cocktails like the Manhattan and Negroni (to name a couple), you'd think it'd be easier to get one's hands on something like Carpano Antica Formula. Try out either of the above drinks at a place like Cocktail Bar, and you'll have a sense of what a difference ingredients like this make.
Apparently I'm not alone in this frustration. Thanks to its monopoly, customers are, for the most part, at the whim of the LCBO's purchasing department when it comes to available booze in this province. While there are special orders and the possibility of sourcing products through an agent, those options won't mollify the average consumer. With this in mind, I thought I'd crowdsource a list of products for which there's demand. Given that not all the responses we received are collected below, here are a few trends worth noting:
1. People really, really want the LCBO to cary CĂŽroc vodka
2. The LCBO could stand to improve its bourbon selection
3. Ditto for Absinthe
4. It would be nice to buy bitters where we buy our booze
Are you listening, LCBO? Maybe you should...
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