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Conifer spirits -- interchangeable?

The Clear Creek is much higher proof, more high tone pine aroma. The Zirbenz has more forest fruit (to me blueberry) and tannic structure, and (when on ice) the sugars from the pine sap. Both are fine products, though I think you'll get more forest green, wood tannin and fruit from the Zirbenz. Remember we are comparing an Austrian tradition (Zirbenz) with an Oregon rendition (great people and program) on French traditions - apples and oranges.

Dec 26, 2013
punchbowl in Spirits

Best Dining in Savannah

Dined at Lioci's tonight. Food was alright but the wine list was that of a chain restaurant (Layer Cake, Banfi, etc.,.), telling of other shortcomings that showed in some of the dishes. Nice staff, but no reason to return.

Aug 06, 2012
punchbowl in Southeast

Violette Royale

Try Morrell Wine in midtown - it's on their website and also available for mailorder. Maybe also Columbus Circle W&S or Crush.

Dec 30, 2007
punchbowl in Recipes

Trendy drinks right now?

The Apricot Flip at PDT is just fabulous. It had a richness and complexity without being overly sweet or heavy.

Dec 27, 2007
punchbowl in Spirits

Violette Royale

You can find Creme de Violette in most major cities (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.,.). If no success, I'd try other premium liqueurs before switching to syrups, which add far too much sweetness IMO.

Dec 26, 2007
punchbowl in Recipes

Gigi

In trying this recipe, we didn't like the fake pear taste of the Grey Goose flavored vodka so substituted with pear eau-de-vie.

Dec 26, 2007
punchbowl in Recipes