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Kerry Beal

Help for a Couple of Cocktail Novices (Part 1)

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Tonight a Ramazzotti Jimjam - adapted from an Averna Jimjam here on Kindred Cocktails.

As I am without Averna, I subbed Ramazzotti along with 5 dashes each of Regan's orange and Angostura orange bitters for two drinks.

Are you envious of my bottle of Apry? Friends brought it back from Astor Wines in NYC - cost me 2 fruitcakes.

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Are you envious of my bottle of Apry? Friends brought it back from Astor Wines in NYC - cost me 2 fruitcakes.

No. :raz:

Okay, I lied... yes, yes I am.

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Are you envious of my bottle of Apry?

I'm envious of your Ramazzotti!

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Nope! I guess I am more fortunate than I know since I don't have to be envious. Despite the occasional item that I can't readily get here I only have to go as far as my basement to locate Apry, Ramazotti or Averna. Not to mention the Regan's and Angostura orange bitters.

I am a bit envious though that I don't have a few cocktail enthusiast friends around this evening to share a novel cocktail or three with...

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Nope! I guess I am more fortunate than I know since I don't have to be envious. Despite the occasional item that I can't readily get here I only have to go as far as my basement to locate Apry, Ramazotti or Averna. Not to mention the Regan's and Angostura orange bitters.

I am a bit envious though that I don't have a few cocktail enthusiast friends around this evening to share a novel cocktail or three with...

I have some serious envy issues when I look at your posts about what you've bought at the liquor store!

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Nope! I guess I am more fortunate than I know since I don't have to be envious. Despite the occasional item that I can't readily get here I only have to go as far as my basement to locate Apry, Ramazotti or Averna. Not to mention the Regan's and Angostura orange bitters.

I am a bit envious though that I don't have a few cocktail enthusiast friends around this evening to share a novel cocktail or three with...

I have some serious envy issues when I look at your posts about what you've bought at the liquor store!

I have been doing more than my share of schmoozing of late to try to be on the top of the list for the "good stuff".

Payed off again today!

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Bleeding Castro - perhaps should be renamed Bleeding Ortega since I used the Flor de Cana. Rum, Punt e Mes, cherry heering, orange and grapefruit juice. Think I'd cut back the cherry heering a bit next time around.

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Tonight's libation - the Ninth Ward - bourbon, St Germain, lime, falernum, Peychaud's.

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Tonight - the Avec - from David Wondrich's Killer Cocktails. Sorry for the rather sad photo - had to use the phone as my camera was in the car.

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Tonight - the Avec - from David Wondrich's Killer Cocktails. Sorry for the rather sad photo - had to use the phone as my camera was in the car.

And what did you think? I adore this drink. Haven't made one in a while!

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Tonight - the Avec - from David Wondrich's Killer Cocktails. Sorry for the rather sad photo - had to use the phone as my camera was in the car.

And what did you think? I adore this drink. Haven't made one in a while!

First sip didn't convince - but it did grow on us. I really liked the kirsch - more than maraschino - I'm wondering if I should try kirsch in some of the drinks where the funky taste of the maraschino bothers me.

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Tonight we had Navy Grog from Craft of the Cocktail. No navy rum but the Mount Gay did yeoman's service.

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Last night it was a Gansevoort Fizz - from Killer Cocktails - don't think I'll make this one again. Thought I'd like it more than I did.

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Have been neglectful about posting but not about making and drinking! Tonight my daughter and her husband came over for a short visit and I made us all a Communist - gin, cherry heering, lemon juice and orange juice. They declared it a favourite and hope for a repeat in the future. I enjoyed it but like the more bitter cocktails better.

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Thought perhaps I'd come up with something new - took The Brothers Perryman and subbed cynar for the campari. When I put those ingredients into a search engine I came up with a "Lucky 13" - only one of the recipes with that name looks similar to mine however.

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If I wanted to take the Eden cocktail from the Difford's Guide site...

2 oz vodka

1/2 oz st. germain

1 1/2 oz apple juice

shake with ice, strain into ice-filled collins glass, top with tonic water

...and not use vodka (with the disclaimer that my nose has not grown long enough to look down it at vodka, I have vodka in my cabinet), what would be a good direction to go? I considered replacing it with calvados but thought that might be going overboard. Maybe replace part of the vodka with calvados and the rest with something else or forget the calvados altogether and then what? Again, I don't have an aversion to using the vodka, just wondered if there might be a way to have the base spirit add a little something to the drink without changing the flavor profile so much that it's no longer even close to the same drink.

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I'd try an Old Tom gIn. I can't wrap my head around the pairings of London Gin and apple juice, or bourbon and Tonic water. (Not saying they wouldn't work, I just cant imagine it and would have to try it.) but an Old tom might fit.... I'd probably try bourbon and soda water if you wanted to go that way.

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A Martinez tonight (well a bastardized version) - gin, sweet vermouth, kirsch in place of maraschino, and Boker's bitters.

Like my new tiny little glass? Anna and I hit a store in Kensington Market in Toronto today - it carries any number of things - and this was a glass that was a defect from an etching process - but I liked the pattern. Holds about 2 1/2 ounces (making it a mini Nick and Nora I guess) - perfect for just having a taste. Cost me 50 cents.

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From the PDT Cocktail Book - Applejack Rabbit. Apple brandy, lemon, orange and maple syrup. Yum!

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I'd drink that but all I have for apple is calvados. I wonder if it would work...

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Thought perhaps I'd come up with something new - took The Brothers Perryman and subbed cynar for the campari. When I put those ingredients into a search engine I came up with a "Lucky 13" - only one of the recipes with that name looks similar to mine however.

What proportions did you use? I have some Campari, gin and a mini of St Germain kicking around. I've been wondering what to do with the St Germain, even.

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Only one way to find out ...

Altho' a lot of Calvados tastes less like apple and more like paint thinner stored in the same room as a sealed bottle of apple juice.

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Thought perhaps I'd come up with something new - took The Brothers Perryman and subbed cynar for the campari. When I put those ingredients into a search engine I came up with a "Lucky 13" - only one of the recipes with that name looks similar to mine however.

What proportions did you use? I have some Campari, gin and a mini of St Germain kicking around. I've been wondering what to do with the St Germain, even.

1 1/2 ounces gin, 1 ounce each of St Germain and Cynar.

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