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Dec 7, 2011 02:28 PM

Marie Brizard Apry Liqueur in Phoenix

Where can I find Marie Brizard Apry Liqueur in Phoenix? It was an ingredient in a great coctail that I recently had and I am having a hard time locating it. I tried Total Wine and Bevmo. Any suggestions?

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  1. I have never seen it locally - best you will find around here is bolz apricot which is servicable but not the greatest

    might try tops in tempe...that is the only place that i would think might carry it that i didnt look when i needed apricot brandy for a tiki drink

    Rothman and Winter is also a very good apricot brandy if you are going to order it online anyway

    I am sure JK can tell you which one will be best in the drink you are trying to make

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    1. re: Dapuma

      Thanks I will try Tops. I haven't heard of it before. I am surprised that it's so hard to find. I will try Bolz if i end up having to order online and need one before it arrives for the holidays. I will also check out Rothman and Winter :)

    2. Call Sportsman's as well. I have purchased Marie Brizard items there before.

      Sportsman's Fine Wines
      10802 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

      Sportsman's Fine Wines
      3205 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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      1. re: scaheld

        Thanks for the suggestion, but I tried Sportsman too and they didn't have it. I have tried all the A.J's as well....

      2. Ah, I've been summoned!

        Good news: Marie Brizard Apry IS available in Arizona. We stock it at the bar. Count yourself lucky you haven't tasted Passoã, a delicious passion fruit liqueur that is not carried by any Arizona distributors.

        Bad news: It is, as you've found, damn hard stuff to find. If you have a Friendly Local Bottle Shop with an extensive spirits selection, go there. Dapuma's suggestion of Tops Liquors is excellent. Better still is their sister store, Sun Devil Liquors out in Mesa. I almost always leave there with more than I planned to buy. Sportsman's in Phoenix has a smaller selection, but may well be worth a shot. And in the case of any of them, they'll almost certainly special order you a bottle if you ask nicely.

        Now, on to the fun part: A good substitute in the meantime. In the past, I've swapped out peach brandy for apricot and it's come out tasting just fine. It tastes different, but that's all part of the fun.

        May I ask the drink you're making?

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        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          Adding Sun Devils link and map for my future reference.

          Coincidentally, I'm currently on the Cask Store website filling my cart up to stock the bar. I'll have to check out Sun Devil first. It sounds like it's worth the drive.

          JK (or Dapuma) - These are some items I was planning on buying: Rittenhouse 100, Bols Genever, Ransom Old Tom gin, Barsol pisco, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, and Dolin vermouth. Do you think Sun Devil (or Tops) would have these?

          Sun Devil Liquors
          235 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201

          1. re: Rubee

            I don't think Cask will ship to AZ (liquor) unless they changed that recently
            Might try Vintage Grape if ordering online they had a good deal on Rhum Clement VSOP and shipped quickly so i have had a good experience with them recently - Mel and Rose Wine is pretty good for selection but a bit more expensive but they have a large stock and are out of cali - i have had positive transactions with both for online

            tops is more expensive than total wine or bevmo, total wine if they have it is usually about $1 cheaper per fifth than bevmo on liquor if getting locally (on most items IMO)

            I would source what you can out of total wine and bevmo and then wander around one of the Top's stores and grab whatever you are missing or something that looks interesting they have a pretty varied stock - especially if you go into the belgium beers / strong ale section :)

            Total wine will have the st elizabeth and Dolin - i cannot really comment on the rest as the other stuff - FYI a little st elizabeth goes a LONG way - it is much more powerful than homemade syrup etc so adjust accordingly

            curious because i need to get some Pisco, why Barsol?

            1. re: Dapuma

              Thanks so much! We've been on a budget since we moved to AZ and now can finally go a bit crazy and fill in the gaps in our home bar. Locally I've only been to Total Wine and Bevmo since the Sportman's in Glendale closed. Good to know about Cask, and thanks for the other suggestions.

              Regarding Barsol. It's one of the piscos recommended in the PDT Cocktail Book (along with La Diablada and Macchu Pisco). Monday night we were invited to the PDT book party with Jim Meehan and Chris Gall at Citizen Public House (what a TREAT, got to chat with Dale DeGroff and David Wondrich too!), and I've been going through the book. Thanks again, you've been extremely helpful.


              1. re: Rubee

                yeah i like their drinks at CPH a lot - like their bijou and manhatten and i dont generally like whiskey - very well balanced and unique

                thx for the info - i have had trouble finding a pisco locally bevmo only has one and i didnt know if that was any good as it seems like there are a million different types...although the owner of contigo has informed me only peruvian pisco is pisco ;p

                1. re: Dapuma

                  It's a great cocktail book. He goes into some detail about Peruvian Piscos, that there are 8 grape varieties permitted (Barsol is Quebranta) and 4 categories like puro using one grape or Acholado with a mix.

                  Heading to CPH tonight actually with some friends including Chowhound BillB656, who has been experimenting with his own bitters by the way - @AZBittersLab on Twitter. We're having cocktails there before dinner at Cuoco Pazza, but after E and I attend a private Appleton rum tasting at the Breadfruit. Excited to try the Limited Edition 30-year. Tomorrow will be a day of rest ; )


                  The Breadfruit
                  108 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

                  Citizen Public House
                  7111 E. 5th Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                  Cuoco Pazzo
                  4175 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                  1. re: Rubee

                    So very, very jealous to hear of this rum tasting! Appleton is by far my favorite brand!

                    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                      I thought of you, fellow rum-fan. We were able to sample all of them - White, Gold, Estate V/X, Estate Reserve, Estate Extra 12 Year, Estate 21 Year, and Estate Limited Edition 30 Year (wow!). RumBar is the only place in Phoenix who has the 30-year old (only 744 bottles made available in the U.S) at about $120 a glass IIRC. Genius - it was paired with a local Black Sphinx date.

                      I learned a lot about both Appleton Estates and rums in general. Afterwards we stayed for one more, and I tried another interesting rum - Dos Maderas 5+5 - a blend of rums of Guyana and Barbados aged in Spain in sherry casks.

                      I've only eaten here once before for dinner and was reminded again how good it is. We were greeted with one of my favorites - the Kingston Punch (Wray and Nephew Overproof, Myer's Dark, pineapple, orange, lime, bitters). Braised oxtail sliders and jerk shrimp (properly Jamaican fiery) were served, and chocolate truffles paired with the sipping rums. I guess they also have regular Rum classes. I definitely plan on signing up for that. The friendly owner Dwayne is a wealth of information and it's such a cozy bar.

                      The Breadfruit
                      108 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

                      1. re: Rubee

                        How is the 21yr old

                        Keep wondering if it is worth getting a bottle

                        1. re: Dapuma

                          I got to try it some time ago. It's glorious stuff.

                          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                            Agree. We actually were pricing it last night at Bevmo. About $116 IIRC.

                    2. re: Rubee

                      I am going to have to pick up a copy of the PDT Coctail book. Sounds like a good reference guide. I am not much of a whiskey girl either but am interested in trying out some different coctails.

                      1. re: foodiesmurf

                        I would use it as a supplemental reference, something for when you want a book that goes very nicely beyond the basics while still giving a good smattering of flawless renditions of cocktails you would expect to see in a cocktail book.

                        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                          Thanks I will do that, looking forward to checking it out.

              2. re: Rubee

                Did you find Dolin at Total (or any where else in PHX)? I ended up ordering a mixed case of rouge, blanc, and dry from K&L after lots of searching in the valley.

                1. re: BillB656

                  Hi Bill, I haven't been on Chow Hound for awhile so apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I didn't know about Dolin. Sportsman ended up ordering me an Apricot Liqueur
                  called Orchard Apricot from Rothman & Winter. It was very good in my coctail ,the "Barnum was Right" I dont know how it measures up against the Marie Brizard shot for shot...
                  since I've only tried that one once before and only in that coctail. I will check out Total for Dolin when I am in there again, thank you.

              3. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Thanks for the great suggestions! I am planning to check out Sun Devil Liquors and Tops today. The drink that I had was prepared for me at a place called, "Shady's" on Indian School/27th St. It is a really cool neighborhood spot to stop and have a coctail. They have a great jutebox and pool table and an eclectic crowd. Our bartender was very friendly and really knew his coctails! The drink he made for me was called, "Barnum was Right." It has Marie Brizard Apry, gin, lemon juice and bitters in it. It was absolutely fabulous! Normally I ejoy red wine, but was in the mood for something different, a coctail and nothing very sweet. It was just perfect. I would highly recommend dropping by Shady's and having Justin make one of these lovely drinks for you ! You won't be disappointed. There was also a great Pizza food truck there on that particular night making amazing small pizzas to order. Another great treat!

                1. re: foodiesmurf

                  << The drink that I had was prepared for me at a place called, "Shady's >>

                  Ha - that's funny. That's where JK The Cosmic Jester is now. I really have to stop by and check it out.

                  1. re: Rubee

                    That really is funny ! It is a neat little coctail lounge. You should go join JK and have a drink if you haven't checked out . Get Justin to make you a "Barnum was Right!"

                    1. re: Rubee

                      oh that is cool - will have to check that place out

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