I had a lovely night of cocktail education in the hands of Mr. Chris Tafoya last night. The man is a dictionary of cocktail knowledge, and he has some museum-quality barware and vintage cocktail books. Above you see, on the left, a bottle of bitters from Latvia, I think. And two amaros, including Picon, which you can't get in the states and which is a key ingredient in the Basque doozy of a cocktail, a Picon Punch.
Above is a tonic made by the same monks who make Chartreuse. It is illegal here because they refuse to reveal the ingredients. It smells and tastes like old-fashioned hair tonic (which is actually just a smell I am just conjuring in my head, because I don't think I've ever smelled it).
He has an amazing selection of cocktail books, many of them humorous. That brown one on the left is called "The Lost Weekend" the Savoy one is a reissue (the original is like the Guttenberg Bible of the cocktail world) and the illustrations are really cool. He has a lot of reproduction cocktail pamphlets, one of which is Prohibition era and has a page redacted by the government because it tells you how to make hootch.
This stuff is also not available here. It's a gentian liqeur. It is slightly sweet with a really strong bitter kick at the end. I liked it a lot! So stoked to learn more.