Like many of the world’s great inventions, this cocktail evolved from an oversight, writes craft-cocktail expert Alba Huerta in her new guide, Julep, which shares a name with her lauded Houston bar. For our Friends and Family Night, we invited guests to come in and help us practice being in the space for the first time, to discover what needed tweaking before opening night. This included printing the menu—ideally after a careful proofread. But we missed that part, so that night’s menu listed “Two drinks coming” instead of the two cocktails that were still under construction. The typo must have been eye-catching because we kept having to explain that it wasn’t a real drink and, no, we couldn’t make it. After that night, I felt obliged to invent the Two Drinks Coming.
Together, the house SoCo and the lime cordial made a delicious cocktail. Now all we had to do was figure out how to keep the cocktail true to its name and fit two drinks into a single glass. So we borrowed from Tiki culture and used a spent lime shell as a shot glass.