BillBuitenhuys

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  1. It's a pretty fun place, isn't it? Good drinks made by really really good people. While not quite the Stirred Bird, cocktailvirgin has this stirred recipe from Brick&Mortar (which I've made a few times) and is a nice Jungle Bird variant. Should give you some ideas on ratios. Jungle Stirred 1 oz Plantation Jamaica 2001 Rum 1 oz Plantation Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum 3/4 oz Campari 1/4 oz Velvet Falernum 1 dash Angostura Bitters Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with lime oil from a twist.
  2. Good call on the cone shape! Ohh, Laphroaig in a spritz is better than a Binaca Blast!
  3. Sherry & Sherry Cocktails

    I made this one last week and it was quite yum. McKittrick Old Fashioned (Lieberman, Milk&Honey, 2011, from cocktail virgin website) 2 oz Bourbon 1/2 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry 2 dash Mole Bitters Build in a Double Old Fashioned glass, add a large ice cube, and stir to chill. Garnish with a cherry.
  4. Good list! Couple of other ideas A small fine strainer to double strain those citrus drinks Maybe a couple of 2oz bottles with spritzer tops? I love using these to spritz absinthe for Sazeracs or aromatic bitters for Old Fashioneds. (btw, a rum OF with maple syrup as the sweetener and a good aromatic bitters is pretty seasonal in my book).
  5. Amari

    Thanks for the heads up! I'll have to find this one!
  6. Amari

    Not at all similar, IMO. To me, it tasted like very diluted Campari.
  7. I made a couple of Dos Besitos (Scott Teague) last night as the internet was filled with tequila-based drinks. The recipe calls for both repo and blanco tequila along with pineapple, lime, agave syrup, and grenadine. I used Altos Olmeca blanco, Arrogante repo (reduced by 1/4oz), and added a 1/4oz of Del Maguey Vida to kick it up a bit. Very slurpable!
  8. We can't buy spirits from KL to be shipped to AZ but HiTime will ship spirits here. I've used them many times and the $10/case shipping is very good. I know DrinkUp ships to here as well.
  9. Hello BillBuitenhuys! I see you are in the Phoenix area. I am trying to build up my bar with tiki drink ingredients. I probably do most of my shopping at total wine and occasionally drop by AJs. Are there other stores in the area where one can shop for things like demerara rum and falernum? Thank you in advance:)

  10. Zombie time! This was pretty wonderful for a warmish AZ afternoon. Donn Beach, c1934. Rums, falernum, lime, Donn's mix, bitters, Pernod, grenadine And I'm totally enthralled with the funkiness of the Hamilton Jamaican rum.
  11. Where to buy Lemon Hart 151 rum?

    Young's Market distributes Hamilton here in AZ but I haven't seen it on a retail shelf. Some bars/restaurants, like Cowboy Ciao, have a retail license and have been willing to special order.
  12. [Host's note: This topic is part of an extended discussion that grew too large for our servers to handle efficiently. The discussion continues from here.] Seeing it's white grapefruit season in AZ, we've been drinking our share of Navy Grogs.
  13. The Tiki Drink Discussion Topic

    A couple of weeks ago was Arizona Cocktail Week and as part of the Artisanal Marketplace we served up a drink to the masses that we called Waiting for Watube (recipe by Micah Olson). We made a batch for sitting in the backyard this weekend. Gotta love how Montenegro and pineapple play together. 1 oz Plantation 5yr Barbados 0.5oz Hamilton Gold Jamaica 0.5oz Montenegro 0.75oz lime 0.75oz pineapple syrup (1:1 fresh pineapple juice and sugar) Quick shake with crushed ice and dump all into glass 4 dashes aromatic bitters (AZBL Mi Casa) floated on top dehydrated lime wheel garnish [Host's note: this topic is part of an extended discussion that became too large for our servers to handle efficiently. The discussion continues here.]
  14. Cocktail Books: The Topic

    Just received Bitterman's Field Guide to Bitters and Amari. It contains reviews (scores for aromatic level/bitterness/sweetness, descriptions, and recommended usages) for 500 bitters, plus 50 amari, a handful of recipes for homemade bitters and recipes for bitter/amari-based cocktails, savory dishes, and desserts, bitters history, and ingredients. I've only just skimmed through it but so far it's been both an enjoyable read and informative. He definitely doesn't hold back when he doesn't like something! Kudos for such an encompassing snapshot of the world of bitterness as it is today.
  15. Just got this book as well and at first glance was pretty dismayed that I couldn't make more than a handful of drinks with what I have at home. But as I read it more, I'm getting extremely inspired with the flavor combinations that they are using throughout. Time to start macerating!