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Everclear

I believe I've seen it for sale in NJ. Also, I don't think the lack of taste is what brings out the flavor of your additives, but the fact that it's higer proof then most consumable spirits. It would stand to reason that if the flavors are alcohol soluble, then the more alcohol in the solvent base, the more flavor extracted. Sounds right to me, anyway. Also, everclear is probably a lot cheaper to use than most other options.

Nov 24, 2008
crschechter in Spirits

Fernet Branca: first taste leads to puzzlement

The "mint" tastes more like menthol to me than like peppermint. Maybe that's why some people think it tastes medicinal? Anyway, it's probably the combination of the 5 billion herbs. I like the taste, but it's certainly strong.

Nov 24, 2008
crschechter in Spirits

Fernet Branca: first taste leads to puzzlement

I'd use caution when using FB as a cocktail ingredient. Regardless of what you think of its flavor, I'm sure you can agree that it's very pungent. It can overpower other ingredients quite easily, so a little goes a long way. On that note, I've found a recipe online for a cocktail called a Toronto, which as the poster above me suggested is a rye-based drink. I'm guessing it was invented as a Manhattan varient? It's a nice combination if the proportions are kept in check.

Nov 24, 2008
crschechter in Spirits

Tito's Vodka

Vodka is a boring, useless spirit imho, but if I'm going to buy vodka for any reason, I'd be mush happier buying an artisinal product such as Tito's. I've noticed that they've started to run some print ads, and apparently the vodka is pot distilled. That's cool, maybe it actually has some flavor?

Nov 24, 2008
crschechter in Spirits

New Rye on the Market

No, but it looks to me like a marketing gimmick to try to get young folks to order it in bars... From what I've read, it's very smooth and easy drinking. Those are not qualities that I look for in a rye!

Nov 24, 2008
crschechter in Spirits

Mexican 75

I think that if you're mixing with tequila, you're better off using agave nectar as a sweetner. It's not that hard to find.

Nov 22, 2008
crschechter in Recipes