Barkeep and Healer of Ails, Amber West at Central 214
That's very mom of you ...
Yeah, right? Surprisingly even things like our house-made grenadine that has pomegranate in it. People who are allergic to pomegranate -- it's as bad as shellfish.
What if they tell you they hate something?
If they absolutely hate something, and whatever it is, I make them something with that ingredient that will just knock their socks off. I want to open their minds, and I promise to give them their money back if they don't like it.
Have you ever given anyone their money back?
What are you tired of serving?
What's the deal with vodka? I think it's because it's like a blank canvas. You can put anything on it ...
It's safe. So, that's where we get to play and open peoples' minds up. If we can make something as smooth as a vodka cocktail, people are going to be happy.
What's an underrated liquor?
I'd have to go with a mezcal or grappa. I feel like those are kind of unappreciated. The way the distilling process works now is completely different. Both of those really use to be bottom of the barrel, but now with the way the distilling process works, they're much nicer spirits.
We have a cocktail called humo verde cocktail that has a very small amount of mezcal. We muddle some cilantro with some house-made ginger. It makes people stop and think about that what the flavor is ...
Has the Dallas drinking scene changed lately?
Absolutely. Cocktails with fresh ingredients are really taking off. Tastes are really changing and customers are also willing to try new things.