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#31 cdh

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 04:35 PM

Next time I find myself anywhere near the Carlyle, I'll have to stop in and taste the drink as it was intended...

What I'm making at home is delicious, though I go a little light on the scotch compared to what Sam suggests... Can't wait to try the original inspiration.
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Posted 12 August 2004 - 03:48 PM

oooh - I just made myself one of those Beans Blueberry Smash cocktails. Mighty nice! Mine was not nearly as pretty (i.e. no picture), but tasty and refreshing as all get-out.
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Posted 12 August 2004 - 03:58 PM

I'm moving into a new house in about a month. After that, I think I'm going to start a mini-blog on here, trying a different cocktail every day. Including ones I think I'll hate. I have a FULLY stocked bar. Might as well use some of this hooch.
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#34 cdh

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Posted 12 August 2004 - 03:59 PM

Well... the cocktail porn is about the equipment, not the drinks. If I had some really pretty glassware, I could put water or iced tea in it and it would look really pretty... and you might believe it is whatever I tell you it is...

There are very few cocktails that you can be sure what's in them by what they look like.

But pretty cocktail equipment is worth a thread of its own, so I'm glad this one is here.
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#35 cdh

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Posted 12 August 2004 - 04:01 PM

I'm moving into a new house in about a month. After that, I think I'm going to start a mini-blog on here, trying a different cocktail every day. Including ones I think I'll hate. I have a FULLY stocked bar. Might as well use some of this hooch.

Go Bleachboy!

Can't wait for a high quality cocktail blog!

I can't think of a cocktail I think I'd really hate... hopefully you'll not find any you really do.
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Posted 12 August 2004 - 04:20 PM

I'm leaving tomorrow for another camping trip and will take pictures of the Martini set up. Hope to post on Sunday or Monday the just add ice kit. :laugh:

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#37 DrinkBoy

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Posted 13 August 2004 - 06:30 AM

Can't wait for a high quality cocktail blog!

:-< You mean mine doesn't count?

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Posted 13 August 2004 - 07:25 AM

yeah, that counts. Now that I know about it. :biggrin:
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#39 beans

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Posted 13 August 2004 - 10:07 AM

Many a time I've considered a "clubbing" blog, complete with pictures of the environs and tenders sort and one from behind the mahogany. Walk a "day" in my shoes of both sides of the bar so to speak. Then I tell myself, who needs another kiss and tell?



Blog away! :cool:

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Posted 13 August 2004 - 10:12 AM

oooh - I just made myself one of those Beans Blueberry Smash cocktails. Mighty nice! Mine was not nearly as pretty (i.e. no picture), but tasty and refreshing as all get-out.

:blush:

Glad you enjoyed it. I love it too. To me, it is one of those perfect seasonal delights. I could have a smokey martini any day, which is a good thing (and truly appeals to the scotch lover in me), but I like the chef approach of using what is timely, fresh and abundant at the moment. :cool:

Thanks for reporting back!



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Posted 13 August 2004 - 05:41 PM

Heikki, I love your site and your experiment documentation! Keep it up!
�As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans.� - Ernest Hemingway, in �A Moveable Feast�

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#42 JAZ

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Posted 17 August 2004 - 07:42 AM

There aren't any cocktails in this photo, but I picked up some cool German liqueur glasses while on vacation. This is the picture from the antique dealer's website -- not the greatest, but it'll have to do until I get a digital camera.

These are Jugendstil, which, as I understand it, is a sort of German precursor to art deco. Anyway, they're three inches tall and hold two ounces to the rim. I love them.

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Posted 17 August 2004 - 07:50 AM

Those are awesome, Janet! You must go out now, get a digital camera and take some pix of those things in use!
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Posted 23 August 2004 - 10:29 AM

Here's a little cocktail porn from my trip to NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

First up, Behind the Scenes at Cocktail Porn.
That's Drinkboy himself taking a composed shot of some Gin Fizz debris at brunch on Friday. (Look for his shot in this space in the not too distant future.)

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Next, I tottered off to Pat Obrien's for the obligatory Hurricane. The Bartender on the patio offered me the choice of the $9.00 Hurricane where I could take the glass home with me or the $6.00 set-up in a paper cup. I offered to rent the glass version, cuz it seemed unseemly, pornographic even, to drink a Hurricane at Pat O's outta paper. Eureka! Paper it is!
(I found out later that she was new on the bar and that might not be policy)

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Checkpoint Charlie's is a sorta combination punk bar, Diner and Laundrymat. Yes, Laundrymat. I was on a mission to get one of their T-shirts for a fellow 'tender here in ME who used to play there "in the day". I immediately liked the place and thought I'd hang out for a beer while the band set-up and chat with the lovely Shane.

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So.... an overexposed picture of a Budweiser and a Tshirt in the background do not Cocktail Porn make. Once again, the lovely and Vivacious Shane was more than happy to assist. The gent on the right is Antoine who owns the joint--I think.

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#45 tanabutler

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 10:59 AM

Speaking of drinks, nice jugs. :shock:

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 11:28 AM

I always see the mortors and pestles at Dean and Deluca and W.Sonoma and I have wanted to buy one just for the purpose of making drinks like those described above.


Check your local Asian grocery. I just got a rockin' (literally - it is made from stone) big mortar and pestle for $10 marked down from $14 (the stotre is going out of business but even at $14 it would be a bargain). Way more functional than the ones I've seen in cooking stores and much cheaper.

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 12:49 PM

I always see the mortors and pestles at Dean and Deluca and W.Sonoma and I have wanted to buy one just for the purpose of making drinks like those described above.


Check your local Asian grocery. I just got a rockin' (literally - it is made from stone) big mortar and pestle for $10 marked down from $14 (the stotre is going out of business but even at $14 it would be a bargain). Way more functional than the ones I've seen in cooking stores and much cheaper.

Thanks! I will definitely look around. I really want to make some mojitos but I need the tools for the job.
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Posted 23 August 2004 - 02:59 PM

Here are just a few of the pictures from the "Tales of the Cocktail" down in New Orleans...

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Here is Audrey "Libation Goddess" Saunders right before she did a wonderful presentation at the "Cocktail Clinic" that she did with Dale DeGroff.


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This is our waiter at dinner one night doing a "Cafe Brulot". A wonderful tableside presentation with flames and everything!


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Here is Dale DeGroff, and his wife Jill, at the booksigning reception. The place was crowded with folks, who were all having a good time sampling various signature drinks.


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I hosted one of the "Spirited Dinners" with Stephen Visakay (author of "Vintage Barware") and Kerri McCaffety (author of "The Obituary Cocktail"). Here we see the main course, trout almondine, along with the drink I created to go with it, the "French Quarter".


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Here is Fatdeko himself, sucking down another Ramos Gin Fizz...


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And here is the "dueling cameras" photo of the remants of Gin Fizzes on the table.


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Stephen Visakay joined in the Gin Fizz fun as well.


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Posted 23 August 2004 - 10:54 PM

I know some of you have nice looking barware so I have a question for you. In a second hand shop I found a really pretty glass bottle. I brought it home and it cleaned up very nicely but it has no stopper. I've looked and looked for a stopper but can't find anything that would look nice on it. Problem is that the neck is just a wee bit bigger than the average wine bottle. It is clear glass with sort of a pineapple design. Would look great with a pretty infusion in it. Anyone know where I could find a pretty glass stopper that would be larger than the average wine bottle?

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 07:53 PM

I know some of you have nice looking barware so I have a question for you. In a second hand shop I found a really pretty glass bottle. I brought it home and it cleaned up very nicely but it has no stopper. I've looked and looked for a stopper but can't find anything that would look nice on it. Problem is that the neck is just a wee bit bigger than the average wine bottle. It is clear glass with sort of a pineapple design. Would look great with a pretty infusion in it. Anyone know where I could find a pretty glass stopper that would be larger than the average wine bottle?

I would suggest that you watch the flea markets and antique shops for old apothacary bottles. They were made in many different sizes.
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Posted 24 August 2004 - 08:15 PM

If there's a place near you that sells stained glass (or maybe even offers lessons in making stained glass), chances are pretty good that they can blow glass too, so they could probably make you a stopper to order.

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 08:20 PM

Tobin, I was afraid of that. I never have time for flea markets and such. I was hoping there was someplace that had pretty stoppers in different sizes. Ah well, there really isn't any big hurry to get one. Maybe I will find the time now and then. Thanks

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 08:23 PM

JAZ, that is a good idea, thank you. I will check that out.

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Posted 07 September 2004 - 08:32 PM

I know some of you have nice looking barware so I have a question for you.  In a second hand shop I found a really pretty glass bottle.  I brought it home and it cleaned up very nicely but it has no stopper.  I've looked and looked for a stopper but can't find anything that would look nice on it.  Problem is that the neck is just a wee bit bigger than the average wine bottle.  It is clear glass with sort of a pineapple design.  Would look great with a pretty infusion in it.  Anyone know where I could find a pretty glass stopper that would be larger than the average wine bottle?

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eBay is a great source for silly things like that. There are a couple of sets of them at auction right now for less than $10 HERE and HERE

If you really want to go nuts then do a Search on eBay for "bottle +stopper +glass". It'll give you several thousand choices to weed through, but there are categories on the left of the results so you can narrow down to "Barware" and have an easier time of it.
That ought to keep you busy for a while!

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#55 Ida

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 08:45 PM

Thanks Katie, I'l have to keep checking ebay. When I looked there a couple of weeks ago I didn't see anything that I thought would look nice with my bottle that wasn't plain glass that just sits on the bottle. I want something that will kind of cork it. ebay is a really good idea though. You never know what they are gonna have.

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Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:28 PM

eBay is a great source for silly things like that.

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What's the protocol for cleaning stuff you buy on eBay that you intend to drink out of? I'm no neat-freak or germaphobe, but the thought of a container sitting god-knows-where for half a century or more is kind of off-putting without some serious cleaning, even if it looks basically ok! So, what...dishwasher? Dilute bleach solution? Rinse in some sort of lesser alcohol?? I'm looking at you, Extreme Vodka!

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Posted 15 September 2004 - 05:13 PM

IDA - Perhaps you could cut a champagne cork down to size? It may not be as pretty as a cut or blown glass stopper, but it would at least be functional until you found a more aesthetic replacement!
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#58 Ida

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Posted 15 September 2004 - 05:14 PM

I never worry about using old glass. I do, however, get a little crazy about cleaning it. I wash the glass container with hot soapy water and a brush and rinse in hot water. Then I put water and bleach in it and let it set on my counter while I go do other things. After that I rinse it and wash it again with hot soapy water and rinse with hot water and let air dry. I have also used oxi clean and let soak but I always end with a good wash with hot soapy water and a very good hot rinse. I never use a dishwasher because I'm not sure how well it will clean the inside of a bottle.
I just went through my momma's things and found an old clear glass bottle that looks like it will hold about a fifth. Our wine corks are a little too big but the cork stopper from a bottle of Rain vodka fits perfectly. I'm seeing an orange infusion in it. :biggrin:

#59 Ida

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Posted 15 September 2004 - 05:22 PM

As for the bottle that I am looking for a stopper to fit: my husband makes wine and when he went to get supplies he got a cork that fits it. It looked so big when he handed it to me that I didn't think it would fit but it is exactly the right size. It is just a plain cork though but at least I can use the pretty bottle until I run across just the right pretty glass stopper for it. I will keep watching ebay. Sooner or later they are bound to have one that will go with it.

#60 KatieLoeb

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 01:32 PM

*bump*

I was wondering what had happened to this thread. I went and searched for it so I could show off my latest prize:

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I nabbed this on eBay for $10.50. With shipping, just under $20. I really like the very Deco-esque Empire State Building skyscraper lines of it.

Anybody else find anything cool lately??

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