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  1. Previously drinking fake brews?
  2. I've not had the 8, but Lagavulin 16 is a standard that others are compared against (as is Laphroaig 10). I'm not saying they are the best, but that they are well known and respected for what they are. I like Laphroaig 10 in cocktails because it's super heavy peat stands up. I find it a bit one dimensional all by itself. Lagavulin gives you some nice wet bandaids with your campfire.
  3. For a Negroni-as-highball, I'd include the sweet vermouth because its such a big part of the flavor profile. Maybe add both bitter lemon and lemon juice to base Negroni? BTW, seltzer and just about any amaro or aperitif makes a great low alcohol cocktail. Maybe with a squeeze of lemon.
  4. Looks underwhelming, given the variety of great cocktail books by, ya know, cocktail experts. I also don't recommend Modern Brain Surgery by Mr. Goodwrench.
  5. I've had this discussion before. To my taste buds, sour reduces bitter. Some don't find this to be true. For me, a Negroni is a fairly "advanced" bitter drink. Campari, soda, and lemon is much easier. Also: Maybe try Punt e Mes is your Sourpuss Liberal.
  6. Thanks for the ideas. The Barr Hill (aged) was not the Old Tom, which I see pretty regularly. It may have been a limited run. I ended up buying the Monkey 47 and the Sipsmith. The Sipsmith is very typical with juniper front and center (but not overly so) and the other botanicals melded. I like it. It is very smooth, which makes me wonder if it has a touch of sugar or glycerin in it. The Money 47 definitely has a slight weird aspect to the botanicals. I like it (and I found it for $55 right before I saw it for $59 - gulp). We had three rounds of Martinis, which this morning seems like one too many. The third was the Uncle Val's Botanical, which after two Martinis seems interesting rather than just weird. I've had Hayman's Royal Dock, which I do recall liking. The Navy Strength is good is some cocktails, but probably needs some time on ice in a Martini, or a different ratio. I did inquire about gin nips, but they only had things mainstream things. It would be cool if someone could put together a sampler pack.
  7. I'm generally happy with any number of mainstream gins: Bombay (usually regular, but Sapphire is fine too), Beefeater, and Tanqueray. And I've tried some strongly-flavored specialty gins. Ransom Old Tom is very heavy on coriander. Too strongly flavored for a Martini, but makes an interesting Negroni. Barr Hill (aged, not Old Tom). Also strongly flavored. Don't remember it clearly, but I recall being glad when the bottle was empty. Botanist. Remember liking it, but don't remember exactly what it was like. Remember thinking it was spendy. St George Terrior. Very strongly flavored, but don't recall it clearly. St George Dry Rye aged. I think this was limited release. I recall liking it a lot. The non-aged is available I think, but you don't see it often. Uncle Val's Botanical. Just bought this. Has a strange flavor that I can't quite place. Familiar, but strange. Disappointed. Hendrick's. Too floral and cucumber. So what are some good gins that aren't mainstream, but also aren't so out there that they make a poor Martini? Something a tiny bit unusual, but not batshit crazy? Not citrusy because I'm using it in a Martini where I don't care for citrus flavors. (Yeah, no orange bitters for me.) Not floral because grandma's soap should stay in the bathroom. I hate buying a whole bottle and then having to use it up in heavily disguised drinks like a Negroni. I wish I could buy a dozen nips and start sampling. Thanks for your ideas.
  8. Martinez: Gin (typically Old Tom), sweet vermouth (Punt e Mes in my house), a bit of maraschino, and bitters. Martinez as a sour: Above, but add lemon juice. Improves the drink, especially when made with original ratios (a lot of sweet vermouth). Egg white would be extra credit. Martinez as a high ball: Above sour, but also add fizzy stuff. I used Bitter Lemon.
  9. I use this format quite a bit, although usually with less Campari and always with some acid -- lemon or lime. Of course tonic water works too.
  10. I didn't re-read the following to see if it speaks to your production questions, but this is a great resource: https://vermouth101.com/
  11. Sundae Night in Manhattan Find ripe stone fruit of your choice. I used nectarines. Blanch and peel if needed/desired. Cut into wedges. Warm an ample amount of bourbon (I used about 12 oz for 6 nectarines), ignite, and let it burn out. Be prepared for very tall flames. This will reduce the volume to less than half. If the fruit isn't super flavorful and sweet, add some appropriate jam. I used peach. Pour over fruit and macerate. I added some full-strength bourbon to add some alcohol bite and a bit more bourbon flavor. Refrigerate. If using fruit that discolors (e.g. peaches), you'll probably want to add lemon and more jam. You want the fruit slightly tart because the other components are sweet. In a separate pan, reduce about a cup of your favorite sweet vermouth until it coats the back of a spoon. I used Carpano Antica. Cool to room temp. Serve fruit topped with vanilla ice cream and a small drizzle of vermouth syrup. I didn't add bitters, but some drops of Angostura would have been nice too. The syrup is quite bitter and sweet on its own, but it's fabulous on the fruit. I didn't think to garnish with a Luxardo or bourbon cherry, but that would have been a nice touch. Definitely making this again.
  12. I've had the Ransom Old Tom. How does the dry compare? Same heavy spices? Coriander as I recall was very prominent in the Old Tom.
  13. To butcher a Computer Science quip, "There are only two difficult things in cocktails: Fernet and drink naming."
  14. Jamaica Ginger has an interesting history, I just discovered: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica_ginger Now back to my bowl of Vomit Flakes and milk.
  15. Just finished making a triple batch of my variation of Amer Boudreau, yielding 6.5 bottles. Unlike last time, after straining off the 95% Everclear, I washed the peels in 8 oz of hot water, and added that. It seemed to have a nice orange flavor, but it did add quite a bit of cloudiness. It drops the proof to 96%, which is fine. If it was a mistake, I'll be drinking it up for quite some time. Brooklyns anyone?
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