Close proximity to my studio apartment and Rice University led The Davenport to become my "Cheers" during graduate school. I spent many a post-seminar happy hour/birthday party there commiserating/celebrating while nursing one of their very strong martinis, of which there are more than 30 varieties (purists, get over yourselves).
Through careful and regular research, I soon identified those that I preferred over others and among them emerged a favorite: The Lady In Red.
What's in it? A Whole Lotta (and that's a technical term) Absolut Vodka, a generous dose of sweet vermouth, and a dash of cranberry juice. Full-bodied, a tad earthy, and timidly sweet.
All of the bartenders at The Davenport are top-notch, but I always check to see if my favorite (Alex) is on hand to pour my favorite drink.