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Everything posted by EvergreenDan

  1. Eventually you will explode.
  2. Cheap orgeat is flavored with almond extract, which has quite a different flavor from soaking almonds in water. They are quite different. You might need to order some good stuff. I've never found real peach brandy (aged distilled fermented peach juice). I'd say peach eau de vie plus maybe some cognac would be a good sub?
  3. Very good. Naked and Famous by Joaquin Simo, Death & Co, New York, NY 3/4 oz Mezcal, Del Maguey Chichicapa (or Vida) 3/4 oz Herbal liqueur, Yellow Chartreuse 3/4 oz Lime juice 3/4 oz Aperol Shake, strain, straight up. -- Kindred Cocktails | Craft + Collect + Concoct + Categorize + Community
  4. Where have you been my whole life? Roycroft Cocktail by Gary Crunkleton, The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (USA) 1 oz Rye, Rittenhouse 1/2 oz Herbal liqueur, Green Chartreuse 1/2 oz Bénédictine 1/2 oz Cherry Liqueur, Cherry Heering 1 oz Lemon juice 1 sli Ginger (as garnish) Shake; strain; up; garnish. -- kindredcocktails.com | Craft + Collect + Concoct + Categorize + Community
  5. Well now you've got me wondering about 2oz Plantation Stiggin's, 1/2oz lime, 1/2oz Pierre Ferrand dry curacao.
  6. Well, if you really want to know.... https://kindredcocktails.com/article/bourbon
  7. Man, clicking that link to Gaz's site, left untouched since his death, hits you in the gut.
  8. Craig, when I see your orange garnishes all I can think about is riding a bike standing up and having my feet slip off the pedals.
  9. Thinking about Black Manhattan-ish variations: 2 oz Bourbon 1/2oz Luna Amara Aperitiva 1/2oz Blanc vermouth cherry Big rock
  10. Soooo sad. I never met him, but his emails to me were always generous and his bartender-oriented newsletter revealed a depth of compassion and thoughtful consideration of others.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 seem
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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/
  20. 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 probab
  21. 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.
  22. To butcher a Computer Science quip, "There are only two difficult things in cocktails: Fernet and drink naming."
  23. 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.
  24. 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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