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Help me streamline this drink

Agree about gin, but it's hard to have less dairy since it has none.

I would follow the Aviation template, using your cherry and rose water syrups. Similar to what JMF suggested. Your egg white and carbonation won't hurt, but the template doesn't need them.

Nothing good comes from mixing with lemonade. The function of lemon is to add acidty. Lemonade has sugar (which usually comes from other ingredients, like your syrups), and water, which comes from the melted ice).

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about 24 hours ago
EvergreenDan in Spirits

When do you send a drink back?

This. Don't expect good cocktails at a crappy bar, even if they have hopped on the "craft" trend with nice bottles. The tip-off is their cocktail menu. Lots of flavored vodka and crappy liqueurs (e.g. blue curacao)? Order straight spirits. Don't like straight spirits? Order a beer. Don't like beer? Order wine. Don't like wine? Order the safest, simplest, least picky possible drink that you like.

If you are in a non-foodie area and the restaurant has "squab with blueberry peanut sauce", order a burger. Same idea.

Jul 29, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

In an odd irony, I'm related by marriage to Fritz Katsky, the inventor of the Spill Stop, which I fondly pronounce with a German accent as "Schpill Schtop".

Jul 26, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

Choosing from the cocktails on that menu, I'd definitely order a beer.

Jul 23, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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Low-content alcohol for a person with a heart failure

For a period, I experimented with low alcohol drinks for cardiac reasons. Strongly flavored bitter amari and aromatized wines are your friend. Try Aperol (11%) with ample seltzer and lemon or lime. Or a mix of dry and sweet vermouth with seltzer. Or Bonal Gentiane Quina and soda / lemon.

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Jul 20, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I would have figured that "dirty or dry" was asking your sense of humor.

Jul 17, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

So that's an Old Fashioned-template drink using honey for the sugar, with citrus aroma, with cinnamon instead of pie-spiced bitters, and with vodka to dilute the flavor of the bourbon. She may be a great bartender, but I don't see this drink as evidence.

Here's my submission: 2 oz bourbon, the honey, 1/2 oz of lemon, a muddled lemon peel, 1/4 oz of some Angostura-like bitters made in Virginia, and a local whole egg. Dry shake, shake, straight up, sliver of lemon peel garnish.

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Jul 17, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

And often well-priced in a 1.75L size.

Jul 15, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

This seems to be the opposite of what you prefer. The article claims that free pouring is as accurate as measuring. I'd prefer if he backed that claim up with a demonstration or research.

You seems to like free pouring because it *isn't* as accurate -- because you get more of your one-ingredient preferred drink. For your drink, measuring isn't about balance or recipe, it's about portion size.

So, sure, if I'm ordering a Lagavulin neat and the bartender wants to count to 10, I'm delighted. But then I've also gotten free-poured expensive spirits where I have no idea if I got a fair pour.

The other 99% of the time that I'm ordering a drink at a good bar, I expect them to measure it. Then I know whether I like their recipe or not. If they free pour I have no idea if this drink is predictive of how the recipe tastes.

If you see someone free pouring onto ice without a pourer, you know they are guessing. You cannot predict the volume of ice by looking because it depends about how it is lying in the glass.

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Jul 15, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

A good, basic tequila. The anejo wouldn't be my choice, but you should be able to make some good Margaritas with it.

Jul 11, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

what type of tequila is best for mixing with non alcoholic margerita mix's

You can't go wrong with Robert Hess:
http://www.smallscreennetwork.com/vid...

Any good 100% agave white (blanco, platino) tequila works well. Reposado (rested) or anejo (aged) tequilas tend to be mellow, losing some of the peppery brightness that a Margarita needs to stand up to the acid.

And, yes, throw out that bottled mix. No good Margarita can be made with it.
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Jul 10, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

I have tried two, including the aged dry rye. The rye has rather a lot of caraway in it, giving it a bit of a kummel feel.

I personally find these a bit too heavily flavored with non-juniper to like them for an everyday Martini. They work great in bold drinks, like a Negroni.

Jul 10, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Vermouth

Jul 03, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Dolin Véritable Génépy (Génépi) Des Alpes Liqueur

Very nice, but potent. To make the Genepi stand out even more, I might try an inverted ratio. Something like:

1 1/2 oz Genepi
3/4 oz gin
1 oz lime juice (for enhanced acid relative to lemon)

Jun 27, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Dolin Véritable Génépy (Génépi) Des Alpes Liqueur

Whadjathink?

Jun 27, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Limoncello

The irony being that you could dump it in your gas car but not your diesel truck. :)

Jun 27, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Desert Island Liquor Question

Look carefully at drinks you like. Finding a wide selection of liqueurs and amari might be difficult. Then bring those.

The alternative would be to learn to love the local booze.

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Jun 27, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Martini Garnishes

That's a really skewed ratio, which might work OK in this case. Last night I tried:
1 oz Rum Agricole (JM blanc)
1 oz Campari
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz PX sherry.

Nice, but a touch syrupy. I'd double the spirit next time, bring my ratio to 1:1 spirit to everything else.

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Jun 27, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Fourth of July cocktails

No, a Golden Gate Swizzle is a completely different drink with lots of Fernet. Good for a sophisticated and/or adventurous crowd. Not good for safer drinkers.

Swizzling is placing a swizzle stick (although a bar spoon could be used) into a glass filled with crushed ice and spinning with your palms as if trying to start a fire by friction (not that I've ever done that). Ideally you swizzle until frost forms on the outside of the glass. It results in a very cold, more diluted drink.

Real swizzle sticks come the West Indies from a tree. http://www.cocktailkingdom.com/produc...

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Jun 27, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits
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Martini Garnishes

I doubt it, but I'm not a historian. The Negroni formula is bulletproof. 1 part spirit, 1 part aperitif amaro (Campari, Aperol, Cynar, etc), 1 part aromatized wine (or fortified, in your case).

I'd think the port would make it a touch heavy. I might split the wine part 50/50 with dry vermouth.

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Jun 26, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Fourth of July cocktails

Hmmm. Death & Co sounds promising, but 2 oz of Grand Marnier scares the enamel off my teeth.

http://fiveoclockcocktails.com/2011/0...

Now a Golden Gate Swizzle would be awesome, but swizzling for a crowd would be a drag. Maybe self-swizzle?

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Jun 26, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Fourth of July cocktails

How about an Alaska for North? If it's hot and you want it to be more refreshing, add some lemon.

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Jun 24, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

When it's for income. :p

Jun 23, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Homemade Bloody Mary

I ended up with pureed fresh peeled and seeded tomatoes, pureed red & sweet onion, salt, pepper, celery seed, a tiny amount of habanero sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and prepared horseradish. Maybe lemon (can't remember). It lacked depth, so I added a can of Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes. It went over well. I think mid-summer with great tomatoes, the can would be unneeded.

I offered an aged rye gin, akvavit, and vodka.

I still put Bloody Marys with Irish Coffee and Cuba Libre -- less than the sum of their parts.

Thanks for the help, folks. I appreciate it.

Jun 19, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Ginger and Coffee

Ran out of King's so I though I would try Giffard Ginger of the Andes. More expensive than Canton. Nice ginger profile and reasonable bite. Better? Dunno.

Since DSP (whom I trust) tells me that he finds King's to be less potent than Canton, I'm not confident that I can compare them by memory. Since I will never have all the bottles open at once, I may never know. Someone needs to sponsor a ginger-off.

I use ginger liqueur exclusively in cocktails. Since it is competing with other flavors, I'm looking for the most potent ginger profile, the most alcohol, the least sugar and water. This way it adds ginger without changing the rest of the drink too much. For sipping (really?), you'd want something more subtle, I think.

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Jun 13, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Averna Cream

Just watch the alcohol to ensure it still freezes.

Jun 12, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Averna Cream

I'm not sure of the advantage of cream in the bottle versus fresh cream. I've made Meletti ice cream (just by adding Meletti to ice cream and blending). I thought it was great.

Jun 11, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Homemade Bloody Mary

I'm interested in recipes for a great homemade Bloody Mary. I am not talking about using any mix -- there's another thread for that. I'm referring to using fresh tomatoes and other ingredients.

I'd also like feedback on spirit. I'm considering offering vodka, gin, and akvavit. Ransom Old Tom gin also sounds interesting.

I admit to not being a big Bloody Mary fan, but I've been tasked with bringing them.

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Jun 11, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

Cocktail Pairing: Steamed Maine Lobster Dinner

Thanks. It's a Paper Plane / Paper Airplane variation with rye, Gran Classico, and Amaro CioCiaro. And lemon of course.

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Jun 06, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits

what do you mix hennesey with?

And call it a Henne Bene.

Jun 04, 2014
EvergreenDan in Spirits