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  1. Reload of the Beefeater. The rest are fresh additions. Cabinet is starting to groan!
  2. Honestly? I grabbed the wrong bottle. Got home and decided I didn't much care - it gets used in pretty minimal quantities when I mix with it so the ABV difference isn't significant.
  3. Lairds is a restock. Giving the others a test run.
  4. Thanks. I was very happy with another Giffard I got a while back -- peach, I think -- I remember it was not the horrid cloying cough medicine I'd feared. St G is so Grandma's Hand Lotion to me, I was wondering if the Giffard might a little less of a perfume bomb.
  5. Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

    Followed your lead and gave this a try over the weekend, Craig (I went with Beefeaters not-quite-navy-strength, and regular 2x simple). Delicious. Thanks! Emily
  6. Finally used up bottle of St Germain (which took YEARS -- was quite an unattractive brown by the time we found the bottom). In shopping for a replacement I see that Giffard also does an elderflower at the exact same price point -- does anyone have any flavor compare/contrast thoughts they could share? Thanks!
  7. Drinks! 2016 (Part 1)

    Noodling around with this -- it's almost just right: 1 oz R. Henry Hawaiian White Ginger Gin 1/2 oz Aperol 1/2 oz Pamplemousse 1/2 oz tea-infused Siete Leguas Blanco About a barspoon ea of lime juice, grapefruit juice and cinnamon 1:1 simple syrup Couple dashes Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters I think I need to up the Aperol just a tad or swap in something a little more bitter. Also -- I stirred/strained, but it might work better swizzled with tiny ice & the bitters sno-coned over the top.
  8. It's especially handy for cocktail books. When you're in the mood for something new involving Green Chartreuse...
  9. Krogstad Aquavit Kiuchi No Shizuku Groult Pays d'Auge Reserve Calvados Herbsaint Original 100 proof Luxardo Sangue Morlacco Cherry Liqueur Fernet Branca and a Rittenhouse restock Sigh. I've now crossed the line into needing to move two bookshelves into the bedroom and buy a major piece of furniture to house the collection.
  10. Tiki Mugs

    The vendor list at Tiki Oasis led me to , which was the winner (I discovered I can't actually afford vintage tiki mugs if I wish to afford the ingredients to fill them). Thanks again!
  11. Tiki Mugs

    Thank you both!
  12. Tiki Mugs

    Does anyone know of a good online source for vintage tiki mugs aside from the torture of ebay?
  13. Elisir Novasalus Vino Amaro

    Thanks for the advice -- I'll screw up my courage and give it a try