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gin martini

I third the Beefeater recommendation - it's got a lovely citrus quality I really like. It also stands up to a little more vermouth than my Hendricks martini, which is easily overpowered by the Noilly Prat.

I used to keep my gin in the freezer, too, until I realized that dilution was an essential element of a well-made cocktail. One day I noticed that I never kept my brandy or rye or bourbon in the freezer, but my sidecars and sazeracs and manhattans were still delicious.

Lastly, I cannot recommend highly enough the practice of adding a dash or two of orange bitters to the shaker. It elevates the martini to the sublime.

And has anyone else tried the new double-walled insulated shakers from Oxo and others? Brilliant! No more frozen hands.

Jan 12, 2007
omnibibulous in Spirits

Martinis, which Vermouth?

I like Noilly Prat; I think it goes well with any gin. I've heard good things about Vya, but haven't had the chance to try it yet.

As for proportions, I like my martinis a little wetter than some. I used to drink them super-dry, using just enough vermouth to rinse the glass or coat the ice, but then I noticed all the antique recipes called for a ratio something like 2 parts gin to 1 part vermouth. I've settled on something like 5:1 gin to vermouth. I think it takes more than a few drops of vermouth to distinguish the noble martini from a mere frosty glass of gin. The herbal flavor of the vermouth really does something to balance the bright juniper and citrus flavors of the gin.

Also, try a dash or two of orange bitters in your martini. It's a component of some older martini recipes and adds a layer of complexity.

Dec 21, 2006
omnibibulous in Spirits

Is there a "proper" liquor to add to Eggnog?

I feel obligated to second the Martha Stewart recipe which calls for a blend of bourbon, brandy and rum. I use Maker's Mark, Hine, and Mount Gay. It has been the household recipe for many years and has proven a reliable lubricant for potentially stressful family holiday interactions. It is incredibly delicious and very strong, so serve it in small cups with saucers (if you have them) to catch the inevitable dribbles.

Dec 04, 2006
omnibibulous in Spirits

Cherry Brandy ("Heering")

It's an essential ingredient in the Singapore Sling, and certain variations of the Zombie.

Oct 31, 2006
omnibibulous in Spirits

Tequila recs?

If you want to treat him to something unusual, I'd go for a bottle of Del Maguey mezcal. The "Minero" is really good, but you can't go wrong with any of them. They are to tequila what armagnac is to cognac - the more famous spirit's rustic cousin. I think they have more character and are far more interesting for sipping. Check them out here:

http://tinyurl.com/wk6cq

Oct 27, 2006
omnibibulous in Spirits

liquor stores in NC/SC - seeking bourbon

If you're a whiskey fan in general, there are some inexpensive curiosities to be had in the South that you just can't get up North, such as corn whiskey and local varieties of unaged corn liquor. Try J.W. Corn or Mellow Corn - they're cheap, and not great whiskey, but provide an interesting perspective on the corn flavor in your favorite bourbon (or Tennessee whiskey).

Oct 12, 2006
omnibibulous in Spirits

Restaurant Recommendation in or near Century City or Beverly Hills

Sorry for the vague post. Yes, I have a car and no, price is not the primary consideration (although I don't enjoy paying through the nose for "buzz" I will happily pay for a great dining experience).

My dad's tastes are not terribly adventurous; Asian food is out, as would be anything too avant-garde in any cuisine. Good French, Italian, Spanish, or American would be safe bets. Beverly Hills is definitely within dining radius.

Oct 10, 2006
omnibibulous in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant Recommendation in or near Century City or Beverly Hills

I'm taking my dad out to dinner on Friday night, and I'm looking for a good restaurant near the Park Hyatt in Century City, on Avenue of the Stars near Santa Monica Blvd. I am coming down from Santa Barbara and don't know the area at all.

Oct 10, 2006
omnibibulous in Los Angeles Area

liquor stores in NC/SC - seeking bourbon

A great, reasonably priced bourbon that is apparently distributed only in the mid-southern states is Ancient Ancient Age (yes, that's two "Ancients") 10 year old. I hear the Buffalo Trace distillery will be phasing it out as they increase the distribution of their flagship brand, because they'll be using the stocks of AAA to fill bottles of BT, which sell at a higher price point. Get it while you can. I love the stuff, but since I moved from Virginia to California I miss it dearly.

Oct 09, 2006
omnibibulous in Spirits