Posted: Jan 30, 2012 6:22 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2012 7:34 PM
Some say guns that hold tequila are a novelty, and others think it's a not-so-good reflection on Mexico.
Stacked on the shelves of Holiday Wine and Liquor are 150 brands of tequila in 300 different types of bottles.
"They come in all sizes," says owner David Hernandez, "all colors."
It's one group of bottles that has our attention.
"A novelty bottle," says Hernandez.
They are novelty bottles that look like guns. These are shots poured, not fired, from an AK-47, the famous Tommy gun, a handgun or revolver.
"The pistols probably sell the most," says Hernandez.
Hernandez began selling them a year and a half ago.
"Some people had been asking for them," says Hernandez.
He hasn't seen them north of South Texas. He has seen them in Mexico.
"Most of the retailers down there would have the bottles on their shelving," says Hernandez.
He thinks the unique glasswork appeals to bottle collectors. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a Mexican national and college professor, has her own opinion.
"It's not a good thing," says Correa-Cabrera.
She says businesses are trying to make a profit off the cartel headlines.
"Mexico is more than violence. Mexico is the economy, culture, history; it's many things," says Correa-Cabrera.
Hernandez sells other unique bottles, like a skull, Paris' Eiffel Tower and a bottle that looks like a Buddha. Hernandez says its just a bottle with a unique design and not a reflection on Mexico.
These novelty tequila bottles only hold a liter of tequila in spite of their size.