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Best four bottle collection for sipping neat on a budget?

Sipping neat?

- Scotch or Irish whiskey
- Bourbon or rye
- Rum
- Brandy (Cognac, apple brandy, or an eau de vie)
- Amaro

about 4 hours ago
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Creating a bday signature drink... making my own bitters - a little off the wall. would love suggestions for improvement

Ancho Reyes makes a nice addition to a Margarita, if you want something tart. Use it as a replacement for some or all of the triple sec / Cointreau. The OF variation above will be pretty spice to my taste.

Aug 22, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Creating a bday signature drink... making my own bitters - a little off the wall. would love suggestions for improvement

Since the OP said she doesn't care for sweet, an Old Fashioned might not be ideal.

Floral flavors are pretty polarizing too. Many will find the drink tasting of grandma's house.

If you were to use blueberry flavored vodka in lieu of gin, you'd have to adjust the acid balance.

Just my thoughts....

Aug 20, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Cocktail vending machine seeks funding

Can I donate to an anti-kickstarter to stop such a thing?

Aug 20, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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Creating a bday signature drink... making my own bitters - a little off the wall. would love suggestions for improvement

It's your birthday. Serve a cocktail you love and let the haters drink beer and wine.

Two cocktails that span the neophyte/cocktail-nerd range include the Last Word (gin, maraschino, green Chartreuse, and lime) and a well-made rye Manhattan. The Last Word would accept a bit of your chili syrup, I think.

Sorry, no help with blueberry.

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Aug 20, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Absinthe Orinaire or Herbsaint for cocktails??

Lots of information here: http://www.wormwoodsociety.org

Aug 15, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

What's the best inexpensive scotch out there?

My most sincere sympathies. I applaude your attitude of leaving life fully now. I shall try to absorb a bit of that myself.

Aug 13, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Punt E Mes?

Bitter with sour is just about impossible to achieve without homemade ingredients. All amari (and friends) that I know of contain large amounts of sugar*. Thus the resulting amaro sour would be bitter + sweet + sour. An example would be gin + Campari + lime/lemon. There is a thread on eGullet about different gustatory templates, and bitter + sweet + sour is one of them. The Paper [Air]Plane would be another great example.

*Amaro Sibilia and dell'Erborista are the least sweet (driest) amari that I know. They still have sugar, but much, much less so than others. I recommend both if you love bitter things. One of the very few amari that I enjoy neat.

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Jul 31, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Pickled Veggie Recipes for Cocktail Garnish?

Personally, if I were inclined to use these as a garnish, I would make quick refrigerator pickles with vinegar and brine. I'd go easy on the garlic and other spices/herbs (except maybe black pepper) so that they are flexible can can be used in a variety of cocktails.

I can see these being good in a Martini. Also maybe something Cynar?

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Jul 29, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Punt E Mes?

Interesting article, DSP. I'm grateful that I'm not "taste blind" and can correctly identify citric acid as sour and quinine as bitter. I was unaware that there was a theory that this is a physiological abnormality akin to color blindness. I do have a friend who refers to bitter tastes as sour, and I attribute it to ignorance rather than disability. Now I wonder.

docmom -- The intent was to inform, not offend. My apologies if the later occurred.

Jul 29, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Punt E Mes?

docmom -- You are mixing up sour and bitter. Both are gustatory flavors (on the tongue, not the nose). Sour is the puckery sensation caused by acidity, with examples being vinegar, lemon, lime, and sour milk. Bitter is the "don't eat this; its poisonous" warning taste. Example are radicchio, endive (curly and Belgian), quinine, many medicines, and the ends of cucumbers.

Sour is balanced by sugar. Bitter is difficult to balance, but is moderated to some degree by sugar, sour, and salt.

Punt e Mes is moderately bitter and moderately sweet. It is not sour at all.

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Jul 28, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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State(s) with the Lowest Liquor Taxes / Prices?

Jul 26, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Jameson launches bitters project

I would have thought that we need fewer bartenders creating new experiences at this point.

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Jul 21, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Luxardo Maraschino instead of a cherry in a Manhattan?

For the record, the Final Ward was created by Phil Ward. The name makes me smile.

Anyone want to suggest a name for the Mezcal/Campari variation? It is a pretty great drink, if I do say so myself.

Jul 13, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Luxardo Maraschino instead of a cherry in a Manhattan?

Try the Last Word formula of equal parts:

Last Word: Gin, Maraschino, Green Chartreuse, Lime
Final Ward: Rye, Maraschino, Green Chartreuse, Lemon
My recent fav: Mezcal, Maraschino, Campari (or Green Chartreuse if you don't like bitter), Lime

So that's Spirit, Maraschino or funky ingredient, Herbal or bitter ingredient, acid.

Your suggested drink wouldn't be a Manhattan, but I bet it would be quite good, especially if you use dry vermouth to balance the additional sugar from the Maraschino. I would probably prefer it with rye.

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Jul 12, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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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
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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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
EvergreenDan in Spirits

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
EvergreenDan in Spirits

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
EvergreenDan in Spirits

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
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Help me make a simple/tasty MEZCAL cocktail!

Holy fsck. In a good way.

Feb 13, 2015
EvergreenDan in Spirits

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
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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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!