I had to try one of these drinks, which went over well at the race, selling for $5 each, souvenir glass included. Was there a bar in Houston that served these babies? When I called Gallery Furniture, a jolly, instantly recognizable voice directed me to the Westside Tennis Club's Top Spin Sports Bar & Grill (1200 Wilcrest Drive, 713-783-1620).
"Go out there," McIngvale instructed. "I own the place."
I made my way to the club and then to an upstairs room decorated with Rockets memorabilia. A glass case spanning one long wall contained many, many extremely large men's athletic shoes, all formerly the property of various NBA star athletes.
Bartender Armando Juarez had me fixed up in no time, even if I did have to bring my own R.W. Knudsen Family cranberry-raspberry juice. The drink is a rosy color -- optimism personified, very McIngvale -- and tastes like a raspberry-infused Long Island iced tea.
Mattress Mac's Raspberry Recliner:
1/4 ounce McCormick vodka
1/4 ounce Gilbey's gin
1/4 ounce Ron Rio Virgin
Islands white rum
1/4 ounce gold Tequila de Los Dorados
1/4 ounce Mohawk Triple Sec
Splash of cranberry-raspberry juice
Add the liquor to a tall 14-ounce glass filled with ice cubes, top off with the fruit juice and garnish with a slice of lime. Drink and meditate on the question, Is this a great country or what?