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Vermouth in a gin martini

Dolin "Dry" isn't, which may explain its popularity in a Martini. Compare it to NP or Boissiere to see what I mean.
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Jun 15, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

help me name a drink

Wilford Brimley

May 28, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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William Tell Cocktail, at Eastern Standard, by Kevin Martin

Call them and they'll give you the recipe. Pick a time when the bartender will be there, but won't be busy.

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Apr 22, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Skimpy Pours?

If a customer ordered an appetizer and sent it back to the kitchen to be re-plated on a dinner plate, would you expect a larger portion?

Mar 31, 2015
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Barrel-aged cocktails

Well-reasoned. Maybe next time I see a barrel-aged Negroni, I'll order one and also a freshly-made one for comparison. Sounds like fun.

It seems that stoutly-flavored drinks would hold up better to the small barrel. A barrel-aged Old Fashioned sounds like a bad idea.

Mar 12, 2015
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Bourbon soaked frozen dark tart cherries

I think you'll find that cherries soaked in liquor aren't as yummy as you'd expect. I ended up adding quite a bit of cherry syrup. Also, if you use spices, go easy. It's better to have a mild cherry than one that takes the drink over.

Search for cherry threads. There is at least one with a great recipe by StriperGuy.

Mar 04, 2015
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Help! Chicago Spirit Suppliers!

Find the importer. Find your local distributor. Call the distributor and find a store that they have sold it to. Call store and confirm inventory or ask them to re-order.

Or if it's legal in IL, order by mail.

Mar 01, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

The Long Island? Respectable cocktail or not?

The latter. The poster child for craptails and fratoholics.

Feb 21, 2015
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Help me make a simple/tasty MEZCAL cocktail!

If Campari has gotten boring, there's a whole big world of amari to explore, most of which are quite unlike Campari. http://www.kindredcocktails.com/info/...

Feb 21, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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Help me make a simple/tasty MEZCAL cocktail!

1/2 oz Campari overwhelmed 1 1/2 oz of mezcal? What mezcal did you use? I made a similar drink tonight which I thought had plenty of mezcal / tequila coming through:

1 oz tequila
1/2 oz mezcal (Vida)
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz dry vermouth (Boissiere)
1 oz Campari

Pretty similar to a Rosita, but with more Campari.

Feb 13, 2015
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Help me make a simple/tasty MEZCAL cocktail!

Holy fsck. In a good way.

Feb 13, 2015
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Help me make a simple/tasty MEZCAL cocktail!

Not citrus, but I'd make a mezcal Rosita. If you only have one kind of vermouth, it will have to do.
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Feb 12, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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What bitters to use?

Well said, Capn. I'd note that Celery bitter are very dominant, and I've found of limited use beyond Bloody Marys.

Chocolate bitters are very useful. I particularly like Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters -- complex and not overly chocolaty.

Lemon or Lime bitters are useful for punching up the citrus without messing with the acid balance.

Orange bitters are probably the second or 3rd most useful. For all-around use, I like Reagans'.

I don't use bitters unless I think the drink needs them. Many strong ingredients stand on their own. Be careful with quantity, lest all your drinks start to taste the same.

Despite the name, bitters mostly add flavor, not bitterness, to a drink, unless large quantities are used.

To the OP -- check out samplers. Some brands have a sample pack with 3 or so tiny bottles. Very useful for experimentation.

Feb 03, 2015
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What bitters to use?

Most bitters can be grouped into some sort of category, which helps you think about what you want to add to a cocktail. For exmaple:

Citrus (orange, lemon, lime)
Pie-spice (cinnamon, clove, cardamon, apple)
Anise (Peychaud's)
Floral (e.g. Lavender)
Tropical
Earthy
Chocolate and nut
and so forth.

Decide if you are trying to contrast existing flavors or reinforce them.

If you can physically get to a store with sample (e.g. The Boston Shaker, Somerville, MA), it is incredibly helpful to taste a drop off the back of your hand or in a sip of soda water before buying.

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Feb 03, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Super Bowl Cocktail??? What is everyone drinking??

French 75, stirred to deflate the bubbles.

Go New England Deflatriots!

Help Me Recreate A Cocktail

My comment to every post of this nature is the same: just call the bar. I've never been turned down.

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Jan 27, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

Well said. Backed up by the practice of the top craft bartenders that I've experienced.

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Jan 22, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Irish artisan spirits producer distills oatmeal stout

+1. No question.

Jan 20, 2015
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what amaro should I try next?

Wow. Not to be confused with the Mexican Amargo-Vallet Angostura amaro http://haas-brothers.com/product/fern...

Or their Fernet, which I haven't found yet.

Jan 04, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

St Germain HELP please

I'm pretty sure it just unscrews. Run it under hot water, maybe?

Jan 04, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

what amaro should I try next?

I recently went though and re-formatted a list of amari into table with more data. I still have another dozen or two bottles of more obscure amari to catalog.

www.kindredcocktails.com/info/amaro

Jan 04, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Specifics on making a meyer lemon shrub?

Dec 18, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

30-35 guests expected for my son's 1st birthday lunch celebration. What alcohol should I serve?

A French 75 is a wonderful classic cocktail that would suit this time of day. They may be made with either gin or cognac. If you want to get fancy, a version with elderflower liqueur is sometimes called a French 77. It is the sort of drink that both men and women tend to like.

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Dec 18, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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‘Cowboy’ ranch distillery opens in Utah

Maybe they'll dry their sprouted grain with smoldering cow chips, creating a whole new class of whiskey.

Nice chaps, too.

Dec 17, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Bar charged over liquid nitrogen cocktail

If you add enough LN2 to freeze the alcohol and water (into a block, as you say), and then have a suplus of LN2, you have a glass with LN2 in it, not a solution. If you drink that, you are drinking pure LN2. Gives me the creeps just thinking about it.

But I'm speculating. I have no idea what happened, nor do I know whether the injury was from freezing or rupture of the stomach. Seems entirely possible though.

Dec 17, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Bar charged over liquid nitrogen cocktail

Speculating, what if the drink was frozen by the LN2, so what was swallowed was LN2, not alcohol or water. The LN2 hits the liquid in the stomach and is vaporized, turning into 694x the volume swallowed. Stomach ruptures. Plus possible serious freeze burns.

I can imagine swallowing something "bad". Haven't you ever swallowed something too hot and felt the burn in your stomach? Clearly spitting it out would have been better, but you didn't.

Dec 17, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Help with Drink Name! Please :)

"Gallagher Sour" -- hahaha.

Dec 17, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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Help with Drink Name! Please :)

Watermelon Martini.

/tread

Dec 12, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Copper Moscow Mule mug?

Good for you? You decide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_t...

That's why you should be sure to clean any green oxide off your copper cookware. Generally one avoids exposing unlined copper cookware to acids, such as citrus.

I'm not saying that a few drinks from a copper mug would be a problem -- I have no opinion on the matter.

Dec 04, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

Tastes like a pine cone, in a good way. Gin tastes like a pine needle. In a good way. Neither are bitter.

Dec 04, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits