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  1. mhdousa

    Mixing with Amaro Montenegro

    My first attempt at making a drink from scratch and I thought it came out quite nicely: Montenegro Bay (I was pretty proud of the name) 1.25 oz Smith and Cross rum 1 oz Amaro Montenegro 1 oz Carpano Antica on the rocks with a lemon peel Would love any feedback on this.
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    Understanding Rum

    Someone brought me a bottle of Matusalem rum back from Mexico. Any suggestions for the best way to use it? I tried it in a daiquiri and didn't love it, but am willing to try again.
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    Understanding Rum

    Just finished off my bottle of El Dorado 3, which was mostly used for making daiquiris. Also have Barbancourt 8 and Smith & Cross at home. What do you all recommend I pick up next as another great daiquiri rum?
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    Best of Rafa/DrunkLab

    Everything I've tried by him has been spectacular. But let's face it: calling him "prolific" is putting it mildly (http://www.kindredcocktails.com/user/2721/recently-posted). What are the best drinks you've had that he's created or posted? I'll start: http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/the-man-comes-around http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/tango-til-theyre-sore
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    Best of Rafa/DrunkLab

    Hey Rafa - you're famous! http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/2015/06/tango-til-theyre-sore.html
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    Genever (Holland Gin)

    (Crossposting this to Chowhound) I'm in Amsterdam currently and looking to bring some Genever back home. I can get the standard Bols easily at home. What should I bring back? Something that might work well on its own or do well in an old-fashioned or negroni variation.
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    After trying this a couple times at NYC restaurants, I finally located my own bottle of dell'Erborista. My god this is good stuff. I want to savor and save it in a way I haven't done with some of my other more-expensive sipping spirits. I am more than happy to save this as a purely neat drink, but if anyone knows of any cocktails where this shines, I'd love to hear about them.
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    An Ideal Negroni

    Just finished off my bottle of gin and wondering what I should get next. What are folks' preferred gins for a negroni? I've used Beefeater (great), Citadelle (ok), Half Moon Orchard (ok).
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    Drinks! 2015 - 2016

    This was really nice: After Coffee 1 1⁄2 oz Campari 1 oz Bianco Vermouth, Dolin 1/2 oz Smith & Cross 1/4 oz Fernet Branca 1 spg Mint (as garnish) http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/after-coffee http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/11/after-coffee-violet-hour-bitter-cocktail-campari-recipe.html
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    Drinks! 2014 (Part 2)

    That's a good reminder that I really need to get a bottle of Bonal. How's the fridge-life on this?
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    The Daiquiri

    How do you like to use the W&N?
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    The Daiquiri

    I just tried this with 1/2 oz simple syrup and I quite liked it. I may have found a good way to use up my W&N (which I'm not loving in any other drink).
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    Best of Rafa/DrunkLab

    Well, since you waded into this thread, I'll ask: what are your favorites of your own creations?
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    Understanding Rum

    So, based on recommendations here and elsewhere, I've bought a bottle of each of Smith & Cross and Wray and Nephew. I've tried mixing them and drinking them straight. Unfortunately, I just cannot get into them. It's that totally funky taste that I can't get past. The logical conclusion is that I don't like hogo, right? Is there any hope for me? Is it an acquired taste or did the rest of you get it right away?
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    The Daiquiri

    I'm sure this has been asked on here, but it's hard to search for. With the ratios folks here are citing (8:2:1 and 10:3:2), are you using a 1:1 simple or 2:1? Thanks! -M
  16. Hassouni, can you give me a few uses for WNOP besides on the rocks? I bought a bottle and am having a hard time finding anything it works with.
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    An Ideal Negroni

    Negroni week is coming up. Not that we need a special reason to celebrate this fine creation, but it's a chance to hear about some variations on the drink. I've had, and love, the Boulevardier and 1794. What are some other favorite spins on the negroni?
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  19. I've got some friends visiting Switzerland this month. Anything of note that I should ask them to bring back for me? Preferably something that mixes well.
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    Switzerland spirits run?

    Thanks for the suggestions. Anyone know if some of the more difficult-to-find amari, like Amer Picon, would be available in Switzerland?
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    Drinks! 2014 (Part 1)

    Fantastic - thank you! To answer your question, I got the Daron Fine.
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    Drinks! 2014 (Part 1)

    Picked up some Daron Calvados and R&W Apricot at the store this evening. Searched for a drink where I could use both and came across Beta Cocktails' A Moment of Silence (http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cocktail/a-moment-of-silence): It calls for Laird's Apple Brandy rather than the Calvados I had, but holy s**t yes this is good. There is so much goodness going on in here. My question is would it be much different if I use the Laird's? What else is the Calvados good in?
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    Blanc Vermouth

    Rafa, I've never met you and yet I found myself compelled to follow your command. The results: By no means disastrous, and actually quite delicious. It didn't taste that far from a negroni, which is not a bad thing at all, but the Fernet may have gotten lost. Admittedly, I'm not at all good at picking out individual flavor profiles.