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Thursday, June 24, 2010

So An Idiot Walks Into a Liquor Store....

The scene: Curtis Liquors in Quincy
The setup: I am on the hunt for ingredients to the margarita cupcakes I am bringing to work on Friday for the Fiesta Cookout some coworkers and I are throwing.

So, I am not big into tequila. I mean let's face facts I will drink what you put in front of me but in the realm of favorite liquors; tequila falls somewhere near the bottom of the list. I also needed cointreau/triple sec. Something else I rarely imbibe. Since I only needed a few ounces of tequila I figured I could get away one of those small bottles they have behind the counter. I checked out the full size bottles of triple sec and the cheapest one was $11.99. I thought to myself, I only need LESS than an ounce so I could probably just get a nip, save some money and not end up with a huge bottle that will just sit in the liquor cabinet.

So I mosey up to the counter and order my small bottle of Cuervo and then ask for a nip of bottle of triple sec. Well, they didnt have any triple sec in a small bottle but would I like the small bottle of Cointreau? Sure why not I say. Let's class up these cupcakes. So I throw down my card and after I am rung up I am struck with the fact that the total was a lot more than I thought it would be. Out of curiosity I ask"How much was the Cointreau?"

$24.99

Seriously? for basically a nip? For the less than an ounce that is called for in this recipe?

And then of course I am too cool for school to ask to return the Cointreau for something else. So whereas I wouldnt deign to pay $11.99 for triple sec I ended up paying double that for about 1/10th of the amount of liquor. It ain't right! But is par for the course with me.

All of which is to say these cupcakes better be DAMN good.

11 comments:

LC said...

Those had better be some delish cupcakes. I would have been to proud to return the Nip too:)

Jen said...

I like tequila a bit too much.

I would have totally balked at the price in the first place.

TBA said...

So something I would have done...

Jenny said...

EEK! That stinks. I would have returned it.

Were they good at least!?

erinire said...

I totally would NOT have returned it. I had the exact same experience at my rental house, but with miniDV tapes instead of booze. $60 per case? Oh, sure, sure, fine.

Eeuch.

Sarah said...

For the record the cupcakes were divine!

Jackie said...

Oop - they overcharged you. I have both in my liquor cabinet... Cointreau is not that expensive. Do you have the receipt still?

In Canada 375ml (about 1 1/2 cups) of triple sec is $14, same size bottle of cointreau is $17 (I actually double checked our liquor website). Perhaps it should have been $4.99 not $24.99.

It was definitely priced incorrectly!!

Sarah said...

It was 375 mil - and the price was correct. at this same liquor store (and surrounding ones) the large (750ml) bottle of Cointreau is around $60.

Sarah said...

Also this liquor store in general is overpriced....but its convenient. sigh.

Jackie said...

Jinkies! You guys get ripped off on your booze. That's insane!!!

hope505 said...

Hi Sarah & happy 5th of July *haha! hope you had a good 4th...& hope you find this. I had some friends over for girls night and bought that Pomello you recomended ~ it was delicious! Then I had to find a red wine...uh-oh! I know jack sh!T about wine, obvs...I asked the world market lady to assist and she brought me 3 different ones - plungerhead, spellbound, and a cheaper one...I decided plungerhead probably tasted good but had a FUNKY LABEL *hahaha! and ended up going with Spellbound, which everyone liked (and which, of course, I do not drink)
so, ~ woo hoo! ~ thanks for the label advice, girl!