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MikeInSacto

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  1. Drinks! (2013 Part 2)

    Have been making a cocktail lately with 1-1/2 rye (Pepper's 1776), 3/4 Calisaya, 3/4 sweet vermouth (M&R), a couple of dashes of Fee's orange bitters, and an orange peel garnish. Pretty much the bitter orange Manhattan it would seem to be, but very tasty. I'd give credit to whoever came up with this, but I can't remember where I came across the recipe.
  2. Another vote for the well made Manhattan. Nothing takes the edge off of a rough day quite the way that one of these does. The Negroni would be a close second.
  3. White Rums

    Interesting. Is that rum with the Campari and soda on the side or are they mized?
  4. Bonal Gentiane-Quina

    Along the lines of the rye-and-Bonal, it makes a great sub for Punt e Mes in a Red Hook.
  5. Shaking machine spotted in Queens

    Wow. I'm uncharacteristically speechless over that one. There are no words for that... There is only one word for that: MOUSETRAP!!! (You may need to be of a certain age to get the reference....)
  6. I'm passing on this year's harvest, but I poured some of the 2010 vintage for some friends on Sunday night. It's tasting very good right now.
  7. Drinks (2009–2011)

    Have been working on making a good Red Hook using the Maraska maraschino I unwittingly bought in a large format some time ago. Tonight's was perfect. 2 oz. Catoctin rye 1/2 oz. Punt e Mes 1 tsp. Maraska Stir for an extra long time before straining into a cocktail glass.
  8. Recommended brands

    I like it. As was mentioned, the categories are necessarily a bit fuzzy and this is something that you'd never get 100% agreement on. Still, it's a very solid guide for those just starting to build up their bars. I particularly like the "unique" designation. That's both a sign that you're not looking at something that will work in every cocktail and a spur to get the reader to look up the drinks that go with that particular spirit.
  9. Fee's Lemon Bitters

    I like a couple of dashes of the grapefruit bitters in my G&Ts. Have't tried them in much else.
  10. Spirits wish list

    My wife picked up a bottle of each many years ago on a trip to Europe. The bitter is wonderful and was the first one to be emptied. The yellow is as you say, the green is something like Benedictine, and the white is a sweet berry liqueur. It would be nice to have them here.
  11. Cocktails of Desperation

    My first thought would be a Manhattan (with the Brandy Manhattan as a variation). Along the vein of Negroni variations as proposed by Sam, you could try subbing a Reposado tequila for the gin. Very different drink and one you may like a lot (or maybe not like, but it's worth a shot).
  12. I couldn't quite wrap my brain around this one, so I thought I'd try a variant with what I had on hand. Mine was: 2 oz. homemade nocino 1 oz. Korbel brandy dash Fee's grapefruit bitters dash Fee's Old Fashioned bitters Tried it first without the Old Fashioned bitters but it needed that extra edge. My nocino has a definite bitterness to it but it's not up there with Cynar. This went over well - my wife took a sip of mine and demanded one of her own. Good stuff.
  13. I've never had mine come out anything but dark brown/black, so I don't know what could have happened to your yellow batch. Were all of the batches from the same walnuts? I strained mine off the nuts a couple of weeks ago. Interestingly, the batch that came from the tree that ripens earlier was black, but clear in the sense that it wasn't cloudy. The smaller batch (from two trees that ripen a few weeks later every year) was black but cloudy. It looked like it contained a lot of suspended gunk. It doesn't taste bad, so I figure it'll settle out sooner or later. Both batches are in the basement in their non-sealed containers. They've had a good dose of syrup added but further adjustments are expected in that department.
  14. Cocktail Hour Threesomes

    Agree strongly with the Gin-Gin Mule. You could also use the ginger ale in Horse's Necks and/or Dark and Stormy's. The rye from the Horse's Necks could go into Manhattans as well. Sazeracs seem a little advanced for gateway drinks but I guess it depends on the crowd. Maybe you could serve them on the final evening as a "graduation drink"? And I definitely have a soft spot for the Sidecar as a gateway beverage as that was my first-ever cocktail.
  15. Aperitivo Americano

    For the record, here's a portion of the Corti Brother Summer Newsletter:
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