For my first purchase, a vodka, I ended up settling on Luksusowa. It seemed to be an inexpensive (as opposed to cheap) Polish vodka made from potatoes, with the general opinion that it was serviceable.
I was off to the ABC store to acquire my carefully researched vodka, and then on to the grocery store for vermouth and assorted juices for mixing.
Once home, I poured a very small amount into a shot glass. I gave it a sniff. I only got a faint, but unmistakable smell of alcohol. So, now for a taste. Wow! Alcohol burn! It took me back, but now I was making a cocktail, not chugging whiskey.
I excitedly mixed my first vodka martini.
I poured it in the glass.
I pondered it briefly.
The Bond theme played in my head.
I sipped it expectantly.
DEAR GOD! WHAT IS THIS? WHY WOULD ANYONE DRINK SUCH A THING?
Okay, so that didn’t go well. Turns out, I’m not afraid to pour a drink down the sink.