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May 25, 2012 08:54 PM

Cocktail ingredients

Hello, Hawaiian Chowhounds!

We will be visiting in a couple weeks from Tokyo. While my husband grew up on Oahu, he wasn't a big cocktail mixer so I thought I'd ask here. Can you recommend a good liquor shop on Oahu where I could get a few essentials not available here? Not anything crazy exotic but I'd like to find some Peychaud's bitters and pick up a St. Germain, stuff like that.

I've done some googling but can't find any online inventories to search. The one that looks most promising is The Liquor Collection:

Is that our best bet? Or is something like Peychaud's available just about everywhere? That's one thing I really need and cannot find a source for in Tokyo.

In all the time I've spent on the island the one thing I haven't done is shop for liquor and family and friends are not big cocktail enthusiasts - or at least don't make them at home. Family lives in Kailua and on North Shore and we'll be staying in the Kahala area. We really can go almost anywhere as we'll be all over the place.

Many thanks!

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  1. Don't know about the specific items you want, but Tamura's on Waialae Ave has probably the best selection (and usually great prices) on wines and spirits, and a good chance they have what you are looking for. Second choice would probably be Fujioka's, on the lower level in back of the Market City Shopping Center next to BenFranklin, more or less at the foot of Waialae Ave. Liquor Collection may well have it all, but it is much smaller, and in a much higher rent area, so prices will reflect that, but they have an awfully good selection for such a small spot.

    3496 Waialae Ave
    Honolulu, HI 96816
    (808) 735-7100

    2919 Kapiolani Blvd
    Honolulu, HI 96826
    (808) 739-9463

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    1. re: macaraca

      Thanks so much - these sound like just what I'm looking for.

      1. re: tokyopix

        I would also shop at the Wine Stop they have a great selection of everything a great small little shop on King St. They also have cheeses and things like that.

        1. re: manomin

          Perfect, thanks! We will check it out.

      2. re: macaraca

        Wow, macaraca, you weren't kidding. We went to Tamura's first and I noted St. G was 35.99. We went on to Liquor Collection and there is was over $51!!!! That's a huge difference. I did find something at LC that I couldn't at Tamura's, so the trip wasn't wasted, but wow. Obviously going back to Tamura's for the St .G.

        Many thanks for the head's up!

        1. re: tokyopix

          Glad you were able to compare and save. I think a lot of us here do the same thing...we have favorite places for certain things, but know of specific things we can only source at one other place. Not quite as much as in Singapore, where people will frequently do kind of a progressive dinner...going to one hawker center for a single desired dish, then driving across town for another, and to a third for something else they have a taste for. I wish we did have a local version of hawker center type food courts with wide selection of inexpensive and tasty local favorites.

      3. Oh, Hawaii. My first night back on Oahu and you serve me up reasonably priced Peychaud's bitters right there at the Foodland while I'm picking up yogurt and fruit. You all know how to roll out the welcome around here!!

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        1. re: tokyopix

          Welcome! Enjoy! I'm off to Hiroshi's for dinner tonight! Gonna try his local special menu offered on Sun/Mon. Then Kenny Loggins!

        2. It might be a bit off what you are going for, but please be sure to try a li hing mui cocktail at some point
          You cant find the stuff off island and it goes so well in margaritas and mojitos

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          1. re: DailyServiceHawaii

            Oh, no worries. My husband never leaves w/o several li hing mui cocktails under his belt and a big bag of treats from the crack seed store! I've tasted them several times. It's still not my cup of tea, but for him it tastes like home. It think the taste is growing on me, though....