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LH 151

Just went to look for some Lemon Hart online and it seems to be nowhere. I thought Ed Hamilton was taking care of supplying it to the US - however it appears to be sold out everywhere.

I still have a half a bottle of the yellow label and 1 and a half of the new stuff...however is this the last of it

Does anyone know what happened

JMF?

Dec 18, 2014
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DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

We ended up at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro for lunch which was pretty disappointing for the price

The lobster hush puppies didn't taste much like lobster and were a touch dry

The foie gras was good, a very savory version, could have used a touch more sweertness but I did like the thickness of the toast beneath it, often times the foie gras needs more bread/toast point

We split the stuffed beef tenderloin which was cooked well but not mind altering and the sides it came with were pedestrian

The chocolate bread pudding for dessert was good but nothing new and I have had better

For how famous Tim Love is, I expected more, especially for that price point.

Aug 23, 2014
Dapuma in Dallas - Fort Worth

DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

We will be driving north from the airport if that helps narrow down some options, but we have all day

Aug 23, 2014
Dapuma in Dallas - Fort Worth

DFW - lunch & dinner - one day

We are coming in to pick up our new Puppy from the breeder flying into DFW

We are looking for a good lunch place, and then something simple for dinner dog friendly

No tex mex we are coming from PHX

Aug 23, 2014
Dapuma in Dallas - Fort Worth

1970s cocktail?

Aug 18, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Mai Tai Help

I like to sub out the Appleton for Smith and Cross

I will try JMF's variation next weekend - just got my new bottle of Orgeat

JMF have you tried using ED12 + Coruba versus LH151 + Coruba?

Aug 10, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Mai Tai Help

Beachbum recommends (in the books at least):

1oz Appleton V/X for the Jamaican
1 oz Rhum Clement VSOP for the Martinique
1/2 oz senior curacao of curacao (orange)
.25 oz 1:1 simple
.25 oz orgeat
.5 oz lime

I up the orgeat to .5 and skimp the simple, I use Small Hand Foods Orgeat

JMF has spoke with the Bum and has another variation

I prefer Senior Curacao of Curacao over Bols, but bols is much easier to source

Aug 09, 2014
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Call it something else, but please don't call it a margarita.

I do believe there can be a bit of debate in regards to dark or silver rum in a mojito as well as white or muscavado sugar, I believe I recall reading something about it in Potions of the Caribbean (Jeff Berry)

I do prefer Barbancourt 5 star in my mojito's

Aug 05, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Best source for online liquor and wine sales?

I like Hi Time Wines, if you are in the Southwest they have great shipping pricing ($10 for 12 bottles) and they deliver in 1-2 days. They are based in CA so they have a fantastic selection. They are my favorite

K & L will not ship spirits to certain states - I know AZ is one of them they will not ship spirits to (although wine is okay)

I have also used DrinkupNY - they have a good selection as well, probably good to use if you are East Coast - they do carry a few items that are tough to get on the west coast.

Aug 04, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

When do you send a drink back?

That would be great if you put that rum out!

I will give the LH 151 and Coruba a shot next time I make one and report back

I think LH 151 and Smith and Cross would rename the drink "lights out", because that is what happens after you have a couple :)

Aug 04, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

When do you send a drink back?

If I get a Mai Tai served in a collin's glass with an orange wedge (it drives me crazy!), before I taste it I generally know it is going back because so many things are already wrong with it and it will be very orange-ey

I would not put Demerara rum in a traditional Mai Tai, it should be agricole and would use gold Jamaican rum not a dark jamaican rum

Beachbum's recipe is:
1 oz Rhum Clement VSOP
1 oz Appleton V/X (I sub in Smith and Cross sometimes)
.5 orange Curacao (Senior Curacao of Curacao)
.5 oz lime juice
.25 Orgeat (i generally up the Orgeat to .5 and skip the simple)
.25 1:1 Simple

Not that your variation does not sound delicious, I assume you up the orgeat and add more simple to compensate for the heavier rums so the orgeat isn't lost

Aug 01, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Have a recommendation for a good go-to bourbon or whiskey cocktail?

If I was in SF, I would drink rum at Smuggler's Cove :)

Aug 01, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits
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Monkey 47 Gin

I finally got a chance to try this gin (friend brought it from CA), and it is very good. It is a more floral gin, like Nolet's but not so over the top. It is more balanced (doesn't taste like you are eating a perfumed flower) and can be consumed neat. I also got some John's Tonic Syrup and gave it a try in a gin and tonic. I thought a lot of the flavors got lost in a gin and tonic, so I do not think that is the best use of this gin (especially for the price point)

I think this might be good in a traditional martini with a good vermouth, however I did not have a chance to try that yet. There is a lot going on here and it has good depth of flavor. Any suggestions on recipes to try so the flavor does not get overwhelmed

Aug 01, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I do not like tonic either, so I am with you on that

I also thought looking at the menu the Vinoraga could be redeemable, the rest of the menu should be thrown away

Beer is the way to go with that cocktail menu, not sure why they have sake at the bottom of the menu and even then most of the sake is american sake?

Jul 24, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I was just curious as zin liked two of my favorite rums (Rhum Clement VSOP and Barbancourt 8y 5 star), and I also really enjoy Demerra rums - It had nothing to do with the conversation per se

Jul 21, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

Do you like Demerra rums at all? (El Dorado / Lemon Hart)

Jul 19, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

lol, this thread cracks me up

Jul 15, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I think that you like the free pour because you really just want gin and more gin versus less

A proper cocktail should be measured with a jigger.

If I am at a bar the free pours I know the drinks will not be quality and will switch my drink selection accordingly to something that cannot be messed up - like gin and club soda

In that case a free pour is fine but I have little to no expectation

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

Trip Report:

We did Polonez, which was good again. The Polish Platter is the way to go there, the pierogi the ruben and the sweet cheese were suprisingly the best two

We decided not to do Sanford and moved Odd Duck to Monday and on Sunday we did a casual Mexican place and Blue Egg on Monday morning

Taquilla Buenavista was no bueno, we were going later and needed something simple as we were up late the night before and all day, and it had 4.2 stars on yelp so we figured lets give it a go...it took literally an hour to get our food and the beans were so salty they were inedible - figures going off yelp and off the "plan"

Blue egg was pretty fantastic, got the monkey bread with the whisky caramel sauce, that i could actually taste the whiskey in (nice touch) and the monkey bread was great

Also had the special of the day which was a ham frittata and the mrs got the granola and fruit (also very unique in a good way, very filling)

The homemade english muffin with housemade strawberry jam for $1 was worth it

They were packed at 10am on a Monday, now I know why. They would be at home in any major city including Phoenix

Odd Duck was great except the service. Just about every dish was top notch, i liked the smoked Duck Breast the best, and the Eggplant "Fries" were great, the only dish that wasn't terrific was the potatoes with romesco sauce, they were under seasoned - we ended up getting two servings of the Chicken Liver Mousse, i wish they would serve more bread with it, we had to ask for extra a couple times, also my dad liked their house made pickles

Our server seemed like she wanted us gone and to close up since we got there at 9 and they close at 10. That was a bit disappointing, not rude but certainly not attentive. Price point compared to Phoenix was a few bucks cheaper on every dish which was nice when the final bill came. They did a good pot of french press coffee, very smooth though not super strong

What was nice to see was that the place was near Highbury, the Arsenal bar where i saw Utd destroy the gunners 8-2 on my bday several years back.

Collectivo coffee (that i had at the airport and there was a location near Odd Duck) was quite good and seems like a great place for coffee and baked goods (their baked oatmeal was delicious)

We did also make it to lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market and did the fish place up front, they had a good boullibase, (bbq shrimp were weak) and the Mrs liked the clam dish, and dad liked the gumbo - it was a neat space, plenty of good stuff to check out there for sure - good rec

Would have loved to get to Sanford but it was not to be

next time :)

Jul 10, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

What Craft Spirits Have Disappointed You?

How would it compare to Laird's Bonded?

Jul 10, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Luxardo Maraschino cherries not at all worth the price

I just threw out a jar that i thought turned because it was congealed and crystalized, and leaving it out overnight did not solve the issue

How long are they shelf stable once opened at room temp?

Jul 10, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

What's a good spot at some point from the airport to west allis to grab a casual lunch

Jul 05, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

Best Grenadine?

how long will adding vodka make it last, and how much to add for the quart?

I have another event coming up about 30 days from now, i was not sure if it would lose the brightness and i would be better off making another batch or stretching this out

Will probably make a bunch of jack roses (they were a hit for the last party as shooters)

Jun 25, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

Thanks, good to hear that people like Odd Duck as well

I was able to reserve Sanford for Monday decided to to with Odd Duck - the menu seems interesting and the cocktail and beer list sound great, seems like a fun place

Jun 23, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

Milwaukee Area on a Sunday + / - 1 day

Great Lakes Distillery sounds fun

Jun 23, 2014
Dapuma in Great Lakes

Luxury Sangria for a party / bbq

Made a great batch of Sangria last night so I figured I would share the recipe

We used Castillo Clavijo (total wine) Tempranillo Rioja x6
1.5 cups of brandy (Paul Masson VS) (1/4 cup per bottle of wine)
one package of Cinnamon sticks

Fruit:
3 Oranges sliced thinly + the skin (peeled to avoid the pith) for the oils and twisted them and left in overnight
4 large red delicious apples cubed
8 plums cubed
1 carton of blackberries from Costco

Let everything sit at room temp for 24 hours stirring occasionally - I had made Grenadine in case it needed a touch of sweetness but it was perfect as is, very smooth and refreshing (and I am not a Sangria person)

The fruit had some kick !

I have made it in the past and it was too bitter with using anything that was not a sweet fruit (like lemon lime grapefruit) and also had some issues not removing pith and it making the sangria bitter - also this did not have anything unnatural in it (like soda) to give it sweetness

Let me know if you try it and how your results go!

Jun 22, 2014
Dapuma in Wine

5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

Go to Crudo if you have not been (best cocktails, and get the crispy pig ears and squid ink risotto), Virtu is also very good and Parlor is great pizza, there is also a Bianco across the street as well

Tuck shop was pretty good when i went there, i dont think i would drive from North Phoenix for it though

They do make a good hendricks gin and tonic (and i dont like tonic) but they make their own tonic, it is suprisingly good - their food is heavy and a bit much for summer here though

Beckett's table is blah to me

CPH get the pork belly pastrami app

Jun 21, 2014
Dapuma in Phoenix
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Best Grenadine?

The Grenadine turned out great - thanks JMF :)

Jun 21, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits

Luxury Sangria for a party / bbq

We are giving this another go

This time we are using oranges apples plums and blackberries (to increase the sweetness and using Castillo Clavijo Rioja Teperanillo

I also made some homemade Grenadine to use as a float if it needs more sweetness

This time we avoided the pith and the lime lemon grapefruit combination that turned it bitter last time

1/4 cup of brandy per bottle and a package of cinnamon sticks...will keep you posted how it turns out

Jun 20, 2014
Dapuma in Wine

Best Grenadine?

How much lemon juice and orange blossom water per cup? Obviously 1:1 Pom to sugar

I am going to give my sangria another shot this weekend and try making grenadine as well - (Singapore Slings for me)

Jun 17, 2014
Dapuma in Spirits