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Spiked Punch

For those that have the book, how standard are the ingredients? I love Wondrich, but sometimes the ingredients he uses are quite challenging for me to make and/or track down.

Mar 08, 2013
Dave in the basement in Spirits

What is your favorite cocktail that contains lemonade?

As the title suggests, I'd like to know your favorite cocktails that contain lemonade. It can have a lemonade base or just a splash. Easy is great, as is elaborate.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to share!

Aug 05, 2010
Dave in the basement in Spirits

Vodka horror story

I'd like to give it a shot, but purely as a mixer (with something other than just tonic). I should be able to make some nice summery cocktails that my wife will enjoy.

Apr 21, 2010
Dave in the basement in Spirits

The Death of Cruzan Rum

I absolutely love Blackstrap. I am very new to the game, though, having got into mixing only within the last year, so I don't have much of a history to fall back on.

I am guessing that they want to differentiate themselves from other dark rums with the over the top molasses flavor, but that is purely speculation on my part.

Apr 21, 2010
Dave in the basement in Spirits

Travel containers for mixers?

If you don't mind using store bought pomegranate juice, the POM bottle has worked nicely for me. Really stands out, and no need to mark what the bottle is. :)

Like yarm, I also use empty water bottles for most of my bottling. They may not be ideal for everyone, but they do the trick for me.

Mar 18, 2010
Dave in the basement in Spirits

What tool do you use for zesting and for twists?

Thank you for the replies, everyone! Based on what we already have, it looks like I just need to pick up a channel knife and a good paring knife. We already have a couple of paring knives, but they look like they have had hard lives. I had never heard of a channel knife before, and that looks like quite a useful, if specialized, tool. I appreciate the help.

Mar 03, 2010
Dave in the basement in Spirits

What tool do you use for zesting and for twists?

Hello all,

As the subject indicates, I'd love to know which tools you use for zesting citrus fruits and for making twists. I'd love to improve my twists, and I am thinking that a dedicated tool may help things.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to reply!

Dave

Feb 24, 2010
Dave in the basement in Spirits

Cheap Vodka

Where does Stoli land on the cheap/quality spectrum?

I need to remember to pick up some Smirnoff, to try it out. It sounds like it fits the bill and won't break the bank.

Feb 12, 2010
Dave in the basement in Spirits

Looking for a good sports bar in San Francisco, please

Thank you all for the replies, so far. I appreciate all the help!

They do want food, so please keep that in mind. Thanks again,

Dave

Jan 29, 2010
Dave in the basement in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a good sports bar in San Francisco, please

Hello all,

Some friends will be in San Francisco over Super Bowl weekend and they would like a couple of suggestions for some good sports bars to watch the game. They will have a car, and anything in the greater San Francisco area should be fair game.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you need any additional information. Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply. I appreciate it!

Dave

P.S. This is my first venture out of the Spirits board, so please move this thread to another location if needed.

Jan 28, 2010
Dave in the basement in San Francisco Bay Area

How do you organize your cocktail recipes?

I hear you man, as my recipe Word doc is now sitting at 53 pages.

I write the recipes I want to try on color-coded index cards. Pink are lighter/girly drinks, green are my go-to drinks, blue are crowd favorites, white are shots, and yellow are recipes that will likely need some tweaking or testing before I unleash them on my friends. I then organize the recipes alphabetically.

My system isn't the best, but that is what I do. Hopefully someone more helpful will wander in and help us both out. Cheers!

Dave

Jan 06, 2010
Dave in the basement in Spirits

Alcohol Hot Apple Cider or another seasonal cocktail for Thanksgiving?

Are we talking cold cider with the Sailor Jerry's? I have been looking for an excuse to pick a bottle of that up.

Dec 08, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

A classic girly drink?

I bought a bottle of creme de banane for the sole purpose of making Rum Runners and it was money very well spent. I have also found some other good recipes that use it, but I haven't tried them yet.

I can't contribute anything else to the coversation, though, but I'll be watching for drinks I can make for my wife. Great thread everyone!

Oct 27, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

cocktails that feature apple cider

I have been mixing Candy Apples lately for myself and my wife:

Candy Apple
1-2 oz amaretto (I prefer 1 oz)
1-2 oz butterscotch schnapps (I prefer 2 oz)
fill with apple cider

I like a little more of the butterscotch to give it a more caramel-type flavor, but tweak the ingredients until you find a combination you enjoy. You can also eliminate the amaretto altogether, but I think it is a good addition to the drink.

Mix in a tall glass with ice and watch the leaves turn colors!

Oct 15, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

White Russian variations, please

Love the name (El Dude!), but tequila and I are no longer friends. Thanks for trying, though!

Dave

Oct 13, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

What have been your best and worst liquor purchases?

What have been your best and worst liquor purchases?

While I don't drink much of it myself, my best purchase was my first bottle of amaretto. I was able to make quite a few nice drinks for my wife, who then embraced my ever-growing bar. I lovingly refer to amaretto as her gateway drug.

The worst? A bottle of Midori. I thought I would be using it more than I have, but so far not a lot of Midori recipes have overwhelmed me. No worries, though, as I'll keep trying until I find a good match.

Okay, your turn.

Dave

Oct 13, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

Grey goose and Kirkland Signature brand vodka the same?!

That was a great read, StriperGuy. Thanks for posting that!

Oct 13, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

What is a good cognac for mixing?

Thank you both for the replies. I'll take a look at the ol' liquor store and will report back if I strike out. Thanks again!

Dave

Sep 24, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

A helpful tool for alcohol consumption

I am pretty sure I would be incapable of downing 3 martinis in 32 hours.

As Austin Powers would say, "Not my bag, baby!"

Sep 23, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

What is a good cognac for mixing?

Hello everyone,

A couple of the drinks I would like to try out call for cognac, and I would appreciate your recommendations on some good cognac brands for mixing. If possible, I'd like to keep the price in the $20-$30 range. If that is too tight, please feel free to sugest something at a higher price point. Many thanks in advance!

Dave

Sep 21, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

White Russian variations, please

My wife ended up buying half-and-half, so I guess I'll see how things pan out. Of course she also had a few too many drinks over the weekend, so I may be trying these out by my lonesome tonight. :)

Dave

Sep 21, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

White Russian variations, please

I daresay that is nothing short of brilliant!

Sep 21, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

White Russian variations, please

If my falernum is not a complete disaster, I may try my hand at making my own coffee liqueur next. Lord knows there should be fewer ingredients.

Do you have a favorite recipe, perchance?

Sep 21, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

White Russian variations, please

Thank you for the replies, everyone. I was told by a "real Russian" that his family's recipe for a White Russian is equal parts vodka, Kahlua, cream, and milk.

Of course I am not sure that White Russians actually originated in Russia, so perhaps his opinion shouldn't be held in such high regard. LOL

I am sure my wife will be on board if I add Bailey's to the mix, so I will give that a shot as well. I'll be skipping the filbert garnish since I have no idea what that is. :)

Dave

Sep 16, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits

White Russian variations, please

Hello all,

I'd like to try my hand at making some White Russians this weekend, and there are jillions of recipes out there. Probably not as many variations as the Bloody Mary, but hey... So please take a moment to list me your favorite recipe.

Many thanks in advance. Cheers!

Dave

Sep 15, 2009
Dave in the basement in Spirits