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Fresh Margarita mix, ideas?

If you don't have time to make your own (and please please do, if you have time), Tommy's Margarita Mix is the way to go. Lime, agave nectar, water.

Sep 24, 2014
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ISO: Sweet, fruity sparkling red (more of a rose color) wine

+1 on the Bugey Cerdon
Renardat-Fache and Bottex have both been available locally.

Sep 24, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

not so sweet/non fruity dark rum cocktails?

The Rum Old Fashioned isn't a bad way to go either...
2oz Appleton
1/4 oz Falernum
dash of bitters (I use our fig bitters)

Aug 26, 2014
BillB656 in Spirits

A Question About Stirring Martinis

Yes, but there are far too many variables in the "ice first" scenario that may not allow you to reach your assumption. Many of those variables are listed by The Big Crunch below.

For me, it's "safer" to put in ice after I've finished building. No worry about distractions, time delays for having to grab a new bottle, or simply taking my time in creating a new drink. I usually taste the drink before icing to make sure I like what is in the glass, particularly if I'm creating on the fly, and adjust as necessary. I wouldn't want the drink sitting in ice for however long it takes me to get the drink where I want it to be.

Aug 26, 2014
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A Question About Stirring Martinis

Not sure if your response was to me or not, JBL, but I agree with you on both points. Ice after the build allows you to have more control over the dilution.

Aug 26, 2014
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A Question About Stirring Martinis

Liquor first into the stirring glass then ice. That way there isn't dilution starting as you build the drink.

Aug 26, 2014
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1970s cocktail?

@kimfair1 I have those same Hafenreffer nightmares!

Aug 20, 2014
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Romantic dinner Camelback area recommendation please.

The revamped T. Cooks is quite good. Elements is always a hit. Tarbell's would also nicely fit your need. Haven't been to Lon's at the Hermosa Inn with the current chef (been plenty of times with past chefs) but the setting is fantastic.

Aug 20, 2014
BillB656 in Phoenix

Cheap Eats in Chandler/Mesa & Vincinity

A new (for me) fave is Millie's Cafe on Main St in Mesa. Wonderful and inexpensive Puerto Rican food (plus some Cuban as well). The pernil with yellow rice and pigeon peas is heartwarming.

Aug 20, 2014
BillB656 in Phoenix

1970s cocktail?

And Golden Cadillac would still be open? 8+) Trying to remember what donbert had on the menu there...Tequila Sunrise for sure.

LI Iced Tea. Cosmo is a '70's thing. Grasshopper. Sex on a Beach (or is this '80's?) Sloe Gin Fizz. Tom Collins.

Aug 13, 2014
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Oh please Arby's...

There was one in Stoneham on Rt 28 near Rapid Liquors in the late '70s. Too many drunken, late night, taco eating contests.

Aug 12, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

When do you send a drink back?

Just read a very intriguing theory out of Tales this year (Beachbum / Martin Cate seminar) that the rum that Trader Vic called "Martinique rum" was more likely molasses-based vs. an agricole. In particular, Cate citing Vic's own 1942 description of Martinique rum as "...heavy in body, coffee-colored, very similar to Jamaica rums, but in many cases have the dry burned flavor of the Demerara.”

http://www.amountainofcrushedice.com/...

Aug 05, 2014
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Fermented alternative to tequila for margaritas?

We are occasionally asked to do a bitters tasting in places that can't sell/serve liquor (beer/wine only). We do a riff on Tommy's Margarita using a something like Mama's Yella Pils.
1oz lime juice
1oz agave syrup (1:1 agave nectar and water)
2 dashes of our mole bitters
shake, pour over ice, top with 2-3oz of pils. Another dash of bitters on top.

Aug 05, 2014
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PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Thanks to everyone for such excellent suggestions. We're at Logan now, heading home but I'll write up impressions soon. Getting to spend a couple of hours chatting with Jackson at Hawthorne (plus a slew of inventive, balanced drinks) was a highlight for sure. Didn't get to as many places as we'd hoped but very impressed overall.

Jul 29, 2014
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PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Great ideas. Thanks. Straight Law sounds perfect as wifey is a gin floozy. Have had quite a few good meals at No.9. Haven't gone for cocktails as was always so enamoured by Cat's wine list.

Jul 25, 2014
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PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Thanks valcfield and Madrid. Super info.

Jul 22, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Good call. I mail order Teddie out to here in PHX.

Jul 21, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Madrid, what would you recommend in Kendall now? Thx!

Jul 21, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Thanks. Ya, Kendall was never my favorite hangout although I did spend lots of time there at Draper Labs.

Jul 21, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Good call. Love a well balanced sherry cocktail. Thanks.

Jul 21, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Much thanks!

Jul 20, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

For sure. That's the plan. 8+)

Jul 20, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Thanks for the heads up. Thinking about an early 11am lunch to miss the crowds. Haven't heard of Row 34. Thanks!

Jul 20, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Hey all,
We're coming in to town next week for cocktails and lobster rolls (plus wine and pastries).

Any suggestions for additions...or subtractions... to our lists?

Cocktails
Drink, Hawthorne, ESKD, jmCurley, Brick&Mortar, Trini's (for Monday brunch), Russell House, backbar.

Lobster rolls at Neptune and Belle Isle (prob no time for more)

Modern for lobster tail pastries

Wine Bottega for wine to ship home...maybe Cirace for grappa.

Thanks!

Jul 19, 2014
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Boston Hounds Moving North

+1 for Joppa.

Also used to like 10 Center St for cocktails and munchies (particularly the lobster mac and lobster roll/croissant) with the caveat that we moved from the area in 2008. Not sure if it is still as good.

Jul 15, 2014
BillB656 in Greater Boston Area

Is "natural wine" a fad?

I've had some fantastic wines from winemakers that produce at least some bottles that fall into this category from Ganevat, Clos Roche Blanche, Occhipinti, Saumon, Descombes, Gravner, Radikon, Potaire, Belluard, Foillard, Foradori, Breton, Broc, Dashe, Donkey & Goat...my cellar is full of stuff like this.

Have I had some that were fatally flawed? Definitely! Secondary fermentation, all kinds of lactic mess, brett running wild, VA...but I've had many more good ones than bad and the good make it worth while for me to continue drinking.

Jul 14, 2014
BillB656 in Wine

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

If you are going to use a mix, please try to find Tommy's Margarita mix.

Jul 10, 2014
BillB656 in Spirits

St George Gins [California]

Botanivore, for me, is the most widely useful in a New American gin sort of way. Lots of herbs and botanicals with a light touch of juniper.

Terrior is more balsam / piney with sage notes. This is my least favorite for cocktails as I'm not a huge fan of the pine.

Dry Rye is a fun little gin along the lines of Anchor Steam Genevieve but, to me, more complex. This is good in an Improved Gin Cocktail or twists on bourbon-based drinks (think Old Fashioned or Manhattan variants).

Jul 10, 2014
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Limited Edition Tanqueray Old Tom Gin

I got a bottle (GD..Gin Daisy serial number) a few days ago and did a side by side with Malacca and Hayman's OT.

All 3 have similar aromatics.
Tanq OT and Hayman's OT are equal in sweetness with Malacca considerably drier.

Tanq OT is by far the liveliest, most bright of the 3 (and I love the other 2).

Did a Martinez (1.5oz each Tanq OT and Dolin rouge, 0.25oz Luxardo maraschino, Boker's bitters) and it was quite lovely.

Jun 30, 2014
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Lil Miss BBQ PHX

This is by far the best brisket I've ever had and sets the bar well higher than any other barbeque I've had in PHX metro.

They open at 11am and the line starts forming well before that. (Closed Sun and Mon)

On Thurs they do a smoked pastrami that is also killer.

Can't say enough good things about what they are doing there.

Jun 04, 2014
BillB656 in Phoenix