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Getting rid of disappointing tequila?

Tequila sunrise? Paloma? Anything that has a lot of mixer in proportion to amount of tequila.

May 30, 2012
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Scotch for mixing- recommend a brand?

Thanks for all the great info! There's such a wealth of knowledge here. I really appreciate it.

May 30, 2012
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Scotch for mixing- recommend a brand?

So would most of the blends you mentioned above taste fairly similar when mixed? Or would I want to select one or another depending on the drink?

May 30, 2012
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Scotch for mixing- recommend a brand?

What kind of scotch is recommended for use in recipes? I assume a blended scotch, not a single malt, but what type? I know there is a lot of variation in flavor of single malts, but I'm wondering whether there is significantly less variation in blends (hence the lack of qualification in recipes), or whether I am supposed to intuit the best blend for a particular recipe. If there's a particular scotch you think is good for a range of cocktails, what is the brand?

Thanks!

May 30, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

I ended up finding a half lemon in the very back of the refrigerator. I tried the Paul Harrington version after reading a lot of comments on Hess's video for this drink saying that the Campari was very strong in his ratios. I quite liked it. Very tart, with a bit of a grapefruity flavor and only a hint of the Campari bitterness at the end.

May 30, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

Could this drink work with lime instead of lemon? I'm all out of lemons!

May 29, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

Very interesting, I had just put a post-it on this recipe in Hess's book before logging on. I'm planning to try it after work today. Hess does mention that he's changed the recipe significantly.

I gave Campari a try yesterday in some extremely bitter out of season fresh grapefruit juice, and thought that the tartness really did help moderate the bitterness, so I'll be interested to try the original Jasmine.

May 29, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

Thanks again for all the tips! I tried a corpse reviver 3... And didn't like it. I'm going to give grapefruit soda and orange juice a try next (not together).

May 26, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

Yes, here in Southern California a number of grocery stores offer 30% off if you buy six or more bottles of liquor. I think the normal price is around $22. Liquor is about the only thing that's inexpensive here though.

May 26, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

Well, I knew that I wanted to learn to like it, and I was sure that tasting it once in a bar wouldn't encourage me to try. So I just went ahead and bought a bottle- here it's only $17/ 750 ml. It'll save me a lot of money over trying drinks in a bar, in the long run.

May 25, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

If you live near a Trader Joes, they have some really nice Italian Sodas. They have a blood orange one that I like, but I believe they also have grapefruit. One of those might be worth a try, although I'm not sure how acidic they are.

May 25, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but I wanted to report back- I just bought a bottle of Campari and it tastes like poison. It smells pretty nice, but one sip and the bitterness just sticks in my mouth- far more bitter than anything else I've ever tried. I haven't tried it mixed yet- far too early to mix up a full drink- I just took a tiny sip straight. I'll give it a try in juice and with soda/lime later on. I'm sure I'll learn to like it eventually, and I'm definitely not surprised it wasn't love at first taste, just wanted to give an update and thank everyone for their help!
Chris

May 25, 2012
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Will I hate campari?

I mainly drink irish whiskey and IPA beers, but after reading posts here and seeing a lot of love for it, I'm particularly interested in Campari. As someone wih a fairly undeveloped palate, not being used to bitter liquors, am I likely to hate it upfront? The only size bottle I've seen at my local stores is the 750 ml and I don't want it to take me so long to learn to enjoy it that the bottle spoils. Any beginner friendly suggestions for mixed drinks?
Thanks,
Chris

Mar 23, 2012
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Are you drinking anything special on St Patrick's Day?

This year I'm actually hosting an Irish whiskey tasting with a few friends who mainly stick to beer... figured St. Patty's was a good excuse to introduce them.

Mar 16, 2012
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"A man's drink of choice , tells volumes of one's character"-- need help..

Agree with this also.. you should worry more about ordering the wrong kind of drink for the establishment. My standard is a good Irish whiskey with a splash of water if they have a good selection- if not, a gin and tonic. Simple, classic, and not at all froofy.

Mar 16, 2012
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