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Ginger and Coffee

As much of a fan as I am of homemade, I can never use it fast enough. The shelf-stability of commercial products means there's one less bar item to worry about. Already mindful of fortified wines, beers, sodas, syrups, and fruit juices, I am always hesitant to add another spinning plate to my... plate.

I am glad to see that Domaine de Canton has your sanction. I debated between a bottle of that and Snap at New Year's and went with Art in the Age's product because I like their philosophy. My mistake was in assuming it was a ginger liqueur. Naturally, I paid for my naïveté. Instead of a fresh ginger bite, it has a mellow, spiced-dessert complexity. Not a substitute and harder to mix.

May 25, 2014
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Ginger and Coffee

I didn't even think my local store had any Trader Vic's liqueurs until I checked online a moment ago. I had never noticed them. Unfortunately, no Kona.

May 25, 2014
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Ginger and Coffee

Hello, All. What are the preferred liqueurs when it comes to ginger and coffee? These are niggling and glaring absences on my bar and I'd like to fill them to satisfy my compulsion for completion. Do the majors (Domaine de Canton, King's, Kahlua) reign supreme or are there superior craft versions (that don't cost $20/375ml)?

While we're at it, what are your favorite cocktails utilizing either (or both?!) liqueurs?

May 23, 2014
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

There was a suggestion somewhere on Paul's falernum recipe to create a 'tea' from the strained solids. Paul had reservations due to the cooked flavor it imparted. In my most recent batch, I met them halfway and steeped the solids in cold water, strained, and cold processed it as a 2:1. The resultant simple syrup had plenty of falernum taste to it. Worth doing as an easy means of extracting every last drop of flavor from your ingredients.

Oct 03, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

You should buy Wray & Nephew anyway. In my opinion, the big three overproofs (Wray & Nephew, Smith & Cross, and Lemon Hart) are all bar staples.

Oct 03, 2013
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New Pak

To be fair, it's technically an Aperol variant of the Old Pal.

Oct 03, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

I should think the centrifuge would work. It wouldn't replicate such high pressures or its uniformity, but Pascalization appears to occur with substantially lower pressures as well, albeit creating proportionally shortened shelf lives. Please get back with results if you decide to play around with this.

I made my grenadine, having glanced at your instructions. Unfortunately, I did not consider the differing acidity of lemons and pure citric acid. And I dumped quite a bit more OBW in than 1%. So that batch came out a floral sucker punch. On the bright side, I got to put your POM recipe to the test for the second batch.

Sep 25, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

But do you love them dumped into a blender?

Sep 25, 2013
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Good Cocktail, Bad Liquor

Made it. I understand your point on the rum. I did 3/4 Matusalem Platino to 1/4 Wray & Nephew. It sufficed. A soft rum would leave the drink without any anchor. Mine wasn't the greatest because my homemade grenadine has gone bad and I had to resort to Rose's since I've been too lazy to make a new batch. Very good suggestion though.

Sep 18, 2013
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Using Up Various Whiskeys and White Rum...

Yarm suggested the Twelve Mile Limit in this recent thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915285.

Sep 18, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

Yep. Of course, this requires you to make (or purchase) your own falernum. But it is probably my favorite homemade ingredient. Since you don't have blackstrap, you could either go buy it (it's very cheap over here), or sub in your darkest rum.

Sep 18, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

Without researching it, I was going to suggest the Havana and Cadenhead's. but you have JMF's blessing...

Sep 18, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

Don't tempt me to create this. I've already got three pomegranates sitting around, waiting to become grenadine. I don't need yet another syrup crowding the cocktail sector of my fridge.

On the matter of preservation, have you (or anyone else) played around with Pascalization? This process shows great promise for cocktail syrups.

Sep 18, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

I agree that an agricole (French) rhum couldn't hurt. Additionally, I'd suggest considering Wray & Nephew overproof. It's a funky 126?-proof white Jamaican. Not a necessity, but unique and great for cocktails.

Sep 15, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

I'm out of gold PR's right now but just got a bottle Matusalem Gran Reserva. I would imagine aged Cuban-style would work just fine. Is that a fair assumption?

Sep 15, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

Corn N' Oil? I'm fairly sure that loosely fits the criteria and is an excellent drink. And I'd think you could substitute the Myer's or Cadenhead for Blackstrap.

Sep 15, 2013
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Tiki drinks party - some questions

How long does their passion fruit syrup keep? I always pass over drinks using it because I can't find the stuff anywhere and I've got an aversion to Google.

Sep 15, 2013
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New Base Spirit

Thinking about spiciness recently, I realized that I'm only aware of a handful of sources for it: Rye, falernum, allspice dram, ginger liqueur, ginger things in general. I'd appreciate a spirit much spicier than rye, but I don't know what base would provide such spice. Maceration could always do the trick, but I'd want something fairly austere that wouldn't follow in spiced rum's footsteps. Probably aged, because barrel flavors and spices go pretty well together. Thoughts?

Sep 14, 2013
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New Base Spirit

I like the sound of a tonic spirit. A lot.

Sep 14, 2013
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New Base Spirit

Late to respond to this, but I second Dan. Very insightful calls. I like the thought of apple brandy especially because it already has an established history in cocktails. It would be easy for bartenders to begin creating riffs on the classics if it began to really catch on.

Do you know see any apple brandies other than Laird's behind the bars?

Sep 14, 2013
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New Base Spirit

Keep in mind it wouldn't necessarily have to be a novel source of fermentation. Rye isn't anything special compared to bourbon (Excepting pure ryes). Ratios may differ, but they both come from rye, corn, and malt. Yet rye had been a dormant category until recently. It's well within reason to take something that hasn't been well-marketed or well-produced and tweak a few things to have a product that will gain traction.

Still, good choices. I forgot to revisit this thread after creating it and unintentionally abandoned my child. Thanks for resurrecting it.

I'm not familiar with taro. What is it?

Sep 14, 2013
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Top 5 This Year

Hm. I stand corrected.

What was your conclusion from your samplings? Which came out on top? I'd certainly appreciate some guidance other than the handful of popular ones. How do you like Beachbum Berry's recipes? I have his Tiki+ app but haven't done much more than peruse the recipes.

Sep 11, 2013
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Top 5 This Year

There is merit to the view that all vodka is the same, and the TTB's specifications for it certainly don't ameliorate that popular belief. Because most of what we drink- be it spirits, liqueurs, or cocktails- is quite flavorful, vodka is relatively flavorless. However, gather a handful of diverse vodkas and perform a serious side by side and I think you'll find there are notable differences, subtle though they might be.

Sep 11, 2013
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Top 5 This Year

The 12 and 15 are generally regarded as the best, with I think the 12 holding a slight edge. The 12 is what I have. I agree with JMF's description of 'great, big aged Demeraras'. I'm more into Jamaicans and agricoles, so the El Dorado 12 is a bit sweet for me, but still worth keeping around.

Sep 11, 2013
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Top 5 This Year

I did not make it explicitly clear, but I had intended to inquire about your top five new [cocktails, spirits, etc.] of the year. If the question included old favorites, the list could easily turn into 'Top 5 of All Time'. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Sep 11, 2013
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Top 5 This Year

Yes, I probably should have said 'real' (versus banana liqueur) instead of whole.

I was being facetious about the Zombie, alluding to the fact that your five heavily lean in the tiki direction. I figured you probably were more familiar with it than most. In truth, I haven't spent much time with it. Laziness and a rare combination of the necessary ingredients means it usually gets passed up in favor of something more doable. And as much as I respect the nuance that undoubtedly distinguishes tiki drinks, my fleeting encounters with them is not enough to dispel the notion that they're all variations on rum(s) and fruit juices.

Sep 11, 2013
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Top 5 This Year

So Broker's over Bombay dry? My London dry range is pretty limited, as New Western/American/whatever generally ends up getting taken home.

Sep 11, 2013
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Cabrito Reposado Tequila [NOM 1140]

Did you end up grabbing this? I looked for it after this thread, but ended up purchasing some Centinela repo instead. Even found some old-label Centinela, which I'll have to go back and pick up some day.

Sep 11, 2013
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Top 5 This Year

Have you heard of the Zombie, perchance? I think you might like it.

The Bananas Foster sounds interesting. Any drink that isn't tacky and uses a whole banana is worth a shot. Care/able to share the recipe?

Sep 10, 2013
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Top 5 This Year

How would you compare Broker's to the others? I'm running out of my mixing gin. Broker's comes by the handle and I've heard good things.

Sep 10, 2013
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