Craig E

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  1. Also, is ruby port shelf-stable, or do I need to fridge it/drink it fast?
  2. Do you know anything about this Kammer brand @Rafa? It was the only legit option at my local store.
  3. Lemonade cocktail

    I'd vote for gin.
  4. Looking forward to playing with Kirschwasser, port, and Montenegro, all of which are new to me. Not looking forward to returning to Trader Joe's because I grabbed vodka thinking it was gin.
  5. Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

    Last night I tried this All Jacked Up. Mezcal, sweet vermouth, Lairds apple brandy, Fernet Branca, maraschino, apple garnish. I had to resort to the Applejack I had on hand, though the spec (despite the cocktail's name) calls for pure apple brandy. If you like apple drinks (and probably especially if you have the real Laird's) this is worth a try--I found the balance to be just right with the complexity leant by smoky mezcal and menthol/bitter fernet. Mostly I'm proud of my first apple fan!
  6. Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

    There is praise all over this forum for Audrey Saunders's Earl Grey Marteani. Finally made one and I see what the fuss is about. Wow was this good!
  7. Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

    This Roycroft Cocktail gave me a chance to use my new tiny clothespins, about which I am inordinately excited. Rittenhouse, Green Chartreuse, Bénédictine, Cherry Heering (Tattersall Sour Cherry), lemon juice, ginger (candied ginger)
  8. The Brooklyn Cocktail

    Finally tried Phil Ward's Bushwick and it immediately went to the top of my fave Manhattan/Brooklyn riffs. 2 oz rye (Rittenhouse) 3/4 oz Carpano Antica 1/4 oz maraschino 1/4 oz Amer Picon (Amer Boudreau)
  9. Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

    Lonesome Dove Muddled blackberries, lemon juice, honey syrup, bourbon, allspice dram. Nice maroon color. Pretty tasty, reminded me of the bottled dark grape juice that used to be standard issue for kids' snacktime in the 70s and 80s. I think I prefer the cleaner taste of a gin-based bramble.
  10. Someone once gave me a bottle of Tuaca which I use in recipes calling for Licor 43. But that may be even more hard to find.
  11. Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

    And To All A Goodnight. 1 1/2 oz bourbon 3/4 oz reposado tequila 3/4 oz Cherry Heering 2 dashes orange bitters 1 dash Angostura Stir; strain; up; orange twist. My test for drinks that include Cherry Heering is usually: does it avoid a medicinal quality? This one passes the test. The tequila seemed like the odd inclusion looking at the recipe, but its green vegetal qualities are a nice inclusion. A good boozy tipple.
  12. Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

    This is a favorite: Dead Man's Mule. Absinthe, orgeat, pimento dram, lime, ginger beer. Doing it up right this time (previously I settled for Herbsaint and almond-milk-made orgeat, this time it's the real thing on both counts).
  13. Orgeat

    If you can't find it locally and are not interested in mail-order, there are a number of DIY recipes here on the site and elsewhere on the web. The simplest way to fake it may be to follow this emergency orgeat recipe which involves almond milk, sugar, orange blossom water, rose water, and rum (or this one which is almond milk, simple syrup, almond extract, and orange flower water) and takes less time than the real thing. But if you have a little time, making the real thing isn't too difficult at all. If even the least of these is still more effort than you want, you could look for the clear almond syrup that is sometimes found in stores among coffee flavorers.
  14. My first real bottle of absinthe.
  15. Ah, I notice in the digitized 1930 version here that the Bacardi Cocktail is listed at the end of the book, in a section called Additional Cocktails which may have been late additions, but appear to have been printed on full pages in the edition. So now I'm thinking in your copy somebody has cut out the Bacardi cocktail and stuck it in where it belongs alphabetically. Does your edition have the "Additional Cocktails" on pages 282-283?