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#61 ned

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 06:00 AM

. . . if you're charged with creating a drink for a friend's wedding, someone suggests getting input from the very fabulous Brian at Pegu Club and you think "Aw shit I don't need his help."

Oh wait, that's not snobbery. It's just hubristic poor judgement.

Edited by ned, 01 July 2006 - 10:21 AM.

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#62 Sneakeater

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 08:05 AM

. . . you could care less about slkinsey, johnder or his incredibly lovely wife. You don't even care all that much about Sneakeater's date. You just want to know what they all had to drink at Pegu Club.

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Intros to Aperols (my current favorite) and Old Cubans for me and my date.

Can't speak for anyone else.

#63 johnder

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 10:15 AM

. . . you could care less about slkinsey, johnder or his incredibly lovely wife. You don't even care all that much about Sneakeater's date. You just want to know what they all had to drink at Pegu Club.

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:biggrin:

Let's see, I started with a Ramos fizz that was passed around the bar in the proper fashion -- ending up with Sam doing the last shake. (Hence his quote above). I also had a Pink lady and ended up with a preview of their new drink a lemon thyme daquiri. My lovely wife had a French Pearl and after eyeing my initial ramos jealously got one for herself. Promptly passed around the bar for the proper shaking time.

Oh man, good time.
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#64 Sneakeater

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 10:22 AM

That's "incredibly lovely" wife.

OMIGOD. A lemon thyme dacquiri.

#65 Ed Hamilton

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 09:07 AM

Although I have to admit guilt on more than one of the above counts, I've never brought my own bitters to a bar, my next coat will have a larger pocket.

The true cocktail geek wouldn't be seen on a second date with someone who
ordered grey goose in their presence at the Pegu Club or anywhere else,
suggested they go to a bar where their best rum drink was a mojito
or ordered the same drink twice at any place to which a cocktail geek would go.
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#66 Alchemist

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 09:43 AM

... A bartender from out of town (S.F.) and you sit at Little Branch and talk about ice for over an hour. Then we talked about shaking, and stiring for half an hour. Then it got all esoteric about east coast/west coast schools of bartending. It got a little heated at that point and almost turned into one of those warring rapper things, but we ended up having a cocktail and agreeing to disagree.

Edited to fix major tense problems.

Edited by Alchemist, 11 July 2006 - 12:57 PM.




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#67 MJN

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 09:53 AM

You make your own bitters from scratch...

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#68 DrinkBoy

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 08:31 AM

...I've never brought my own bitters to a bar, my next coat will have a larger pocket.

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Ed, no need for large pockets.

Just pick up some small "eye-dropper" bottles like this: http://capricornslai...zamglasbo1.html (or even smaller)

I regularly carry Peychaud, Orange, Peach, Angostura, My own "House", and sometimes Abbott's with me... you never can tell when you have a hankering for a cocktail that the joint might not have the bitters to make properly. A Sazerac without Peychaud's just isn't right.

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#69 Alchemist

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 09:11 AM

The Container Store on 6th Ave. around 18th has the tincture bottles as well. So, Ed you could swing by there and then have a cocktail at Flatiron.



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#70 slkinsey

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 10:06 AM

I regularly carry Peychaud, Orange, Peach, Angostura, My own "House", and sometimes Abbott's with me...

Okay. As if we didn't know already. . .

But you, Robert, have officially reached "über-geek" status with respect to cocktails.
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#71 donbert

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 11:30 AM

... you've canvased all the bodegas within walking distance to find the one with the best ice in case of emergencies.

... you've purchased eye droppers by the case online for bitters.

#72 Alchemist

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 06:54 PM

You decide where to have dinner on being able to go for a (real, crafted) pre and post cocktail somewhere close. Dinner is an afterthought. I'ts all about the cocktails that bookend it.



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Posted 13 July 2006 - 08:41 AM

Dinner is an afterthought.

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Oh dear. I'm afraid you've lost your mind. Or had one too many gimlets.

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#74 Alchemist

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 08:34 PM

When you go shopping for shakers you have to go to a couple of stores to get the right Winco/Johnson Rose combination.



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#75 johnder

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 08:42 AM

When you go shopping for shakers you have to go to a couple of stores to get the right Winco/Johnson Rose combination.

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What is the perfect combo anyway? Winco 30oz and a JR 15 oz?
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#76 VoodooDog

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 10:27 AM

... you pack your ice chest with dry ice just to keep the real ice cold when "out in the field".

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 10:39 AM

... you pack your ice chest with dry ice just to keep the real ice cold when "out in the field".

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That is just BRILLIANT now why didn't I think of that? .....

#78 Bricktop

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 05:39 PM

... you have a cry for help on this forum replied to by a widely respected authority in the cocktail world, but don't know anyone IRL who's gets your excitement.

... you spend the best part of a day reading the archive of all Gary's "Professor" columns online, and make a shopping list.

... laugh out loud at this thread, and feel comforted that you are by no means alone in your mania.

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 10:32 AM

...you see a post with photos of ice cube trays and monster ice cubes and your response is a ridiculously excessive amount of envy followed by the desire to leave work and head to the suburbs to see if your sorta-local Ikea carries this tray.

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#80 Cachaca_Dave

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 12:25 PM

...you see a post with photos of ice cube trays and monster ice cubes and your response is a ridiculously excessive amount of envy followed by the desire to leave work and head to the suburbs to see if your sorta-local Ikea carries this tray.

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LOL Ah yes Donbert's ice cube trays from IKEA, I should have known..... But have you seen this yet? http://www.flickr.co...bert/263605982/

#81 Malkavian

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 11:23 AM

What's it mean when you read all this, somewhat fascinated, and don't really get any of it except recognizing a link to a bottle of whisky you've been dying to try?

#82 JerseyRED

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 12:31 PM

What's it mean when you read all this, somewhat fascinated, and don't really get any of it except recognizing a link to a bottle of whisky you've been dying to try?

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You’re a normal, well adjusted human being who is naturally curious.
But be forewarned, that’s how they get you.
It starts out innocently enough; you try different gin cocktails while your friends are drinking vodka and soda.
Next thing you know, on your way to far-off relatives for Thanksgiving dinner you’re yanking the car off the road to scour a mom and pop liquor store for extinct ingredients while the family cools their heels in the backseat. And forget about bringing leftovers home because the refrigerator is loaded with myriads of homemade liquid concoctions! Various simple syrups & grenadines, numerous versions of pimento dram & falernum and… oh look, Earl Grey infused gin… gotta go…

Rich
Edit: Missed an "of"

Edited by JerseyRED, 01 February 2007 - 12:33 PM.

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#83 thirtyoneknots

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 01:28 PM

What's it mean when you read all this, somewhat fascinated, and don't really get any of it except recognizing a link to a bottle of whisky you've been dying to try?

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You’re a normal, well adjusted human being who is naturally curious.
But be forewarned, that’s how they get you.
It starts out innocently enough; you try different gin cocktails while your friends are drinking vodka and soda.
Next thing you know, on your way to far-off relatives for Thanksgiving dinner you’re yanking the car off the road to scour a mom and pop liquor store for extinct ingredients while the family cools their heels in the backseat. And forget about bringing leftovers home because the refrigerator is loaded with myriads of homemade liquid concoctions! Various simple syrups & grenadines, numerous versions of pimento dram & falernum and… oh look, Earl Grey infused gin… gotta go…

Rich
Edit: Missed an "of"

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Oh dear, have you been in my kitchen lately? ;-)
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#84 Chris Amirault

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 06:58 PM

... your wife calls on assignment from second-hand stores to ask if you want the vintage cocktail glasses she's found.

... you always say, "Buy them. Buy them all."

... after building your last trip around a disappointing visit to Astor (too many damned wines), you eagerly await your next trip to NY, which will be built around a lengthy excursion to LeNells.

... you pay more for a muddler than any item of clothing you've purchased in the last year, and you're convinced that this was a sound financial decision.

... you see a cheap, big bag oranges during a lousy year for citrus and grab it excitedly, thinking, "I can practice my flaming rind technique tonight!"

... you think eje's stomp through the Savoy is a honorable service to humankind, instead of, say, a bit touched.

... you seek to convert the cocktail heathen with the self-assured zeal of a 19th century missionary, using acts of unabashed coercion and snide mockery that you'd decry in any other situation.

... when you arrive in Atlanta, your cocktail geek pal takes you on a drive featuring three stops at liquor stores, and you find this to be the height of southern hospitality.

... you stock up on a few extra bottles of Regan's orange bitters, Taylor's falernum, and Herbsaint when you find them because, well, who knows what might happen.

... you correct liquor store owners in your state about what is and is not in your state's Beverage Journal.

... you're enraged at the ice dust your refrigerator ice crusher makes, even when it's simply chilling your daughter's lemonade.

... you know which bodegas and grocery stores within five miles of your home have the smoothest, thinnest skinned limes, and you always carry at least one dollar in cash to buy a bag when needed.

... you do a ridicule-inspiring dance in the store aisle when you find Flor de Caña rums (on a trip across state lines looking for them).

... as you drift off to sleep, you wonder whether you pressed down too hard on the mint for your French Pearl.

... you think that the viral expansion of single malts and vodka in liquor stores is a massive environmental problem.
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#85 Libationgoddess

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:25 PM

When, after reading the Suze thread, you henceforth initiate an email exchange with the good folks at Pernod-Ricard USA to see if they would consider bringing more of their wonderful product in from France for your American friends in need.....

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#86 Chris Amirault

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:30 PM

When you offer to fabricate a few hundred petition signatures to support said project.
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#87 jmfangio

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:36 PM

When you keep track of your friend's travel plans, and beg them to bring back hard to find ingredients. Housesitting for friends going to Tokyo = bottles of Hermes Violet and orange bitters.
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#88 Libationgoddess

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:38 PM

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.....A few authentic ones on the thread itself certainly couldn't hurt :cool:

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:40 PM

I can't believe I haven't read this topic before. Oh heavens, how funny it is to a straight- ahead scotch and soda//Negroni/Gibson kind of girl. The less fuss and the strongest whiff of hooch the better, for me.

I know several charming and smart lady mixologists, but I believe that this truly belongs to geeky men. You've all revealed your depths and heights of cocktail nuttiness here, but allow an outsider to make some stupidly stereotypical remarks. With deep affection.

1) Fondness for Thomas Dolby if you're over 50.
2) Pink Floyd, ditto.
3) Um, grey ponytail? Tatoos?
4) Not William Powell in the Thin Man. Last time you wore a tie was at a funeral.
5)If you cook, you tend to be a savory dude, not a pastry dude. (There are exceptions.)
6)You loved your chemistry set. And your dog.
&)Beer got you into a lot of trouble, back in the day.
9)In high school you either loved trig or were seriously high.
10) It really is the revenge of the nerds. The star quarterback in high school is drinking Grey Goose and soda. Geez.

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#90 Chris Amirault

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:42 PM

Oh heavens, how funny it is to a straight- ahead scotch and soda//Negroni/Gibson  kind of girl.

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You read that and think, "Yeah. You go, girl. Negronis rock."
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