‘Tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la-laa, Sip-Of-India. Recently, I went to a pop-up event in Chicago’s Lakeview. It was for the showcase of a new liqueur called Somrus. The evening featured some of most delectable India dishes — daal makhani with basmati rice, onion pakoras, chicken tikka masala on naan, saag paneer on naan, a variety of spices, and a pistachio cake that I can only say is the Indian equivalent of Mexican tres leches cake. For whoever the chef was, I would be a constant customer at her restaurant.
The main showcase at the pop-up was the Somrus liqueur, which is available at Binny’s, Whole Foods, Costco, and Mariano’s. If you are a fan of the likes of Irish crème, think crème liqueur with Indian spices in it. This makes for outstanding spirits accented with flavours from the East. All at the event got to sample the liqueur with a blend of other spices as well as in teas.
The hosts provided explanations for exactly where one may purchase the spirits, mentioning Binny’s, Mariano’s, Whole Foods, and Costco as a few of the locations carrying Somrus. I must say that while Indian food is perhaps my most favourite cuisine, it is pure heaven having Somrus as libations along with it. As soon as the chef opens a restaurant, I’m making reservations. And if it’s BYOB, I’m bringing Somrus.