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Drinks! 2017 (Part 1)

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Mississippi Mule

 

It was interesting to me to read @eje's comments about this drink when he made it. I used the proportions from The Art of the Bar, which contain significantly more creme de cassis and lemon juice than the Savoy version (the Art version is 2:1:1 gin:lemon juice:cassis). I enjoyed the drink overall. Not terribly complex, but a nice sour.

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Today is Suffrage Day here, marking 124 years since the bill to allow New Zealand women the vote was passed into law (first country in the world.  Yay, us!).

 

It therefore seemed appropriate to try our own @Rafa's Suffragette:

 

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Gin, dry vermouth, Cynar, Benedictine (with lemon zest and rosemary).

 

It started out dry - a little drier than I thought I'd like - but settled down nicely by about sip number 3.  I'd vote for it.

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Rosebud (from The Art of the Bar)

Essentially a tequila Manhattan with a rosewater rinse. Drinkable, but not adding this one to my rotation.

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El Presidente (from The Art of the Bar)

  • 2oz aged rum
  • .75oz Carpano Antica
  • 3 dashes Pechaud's

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Choke Artist (Art of the Bar, or on KC)

It's like a competition about which spirit has the most funk, the Cynar, the Tequila, or the Sherry.

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I am hosting a Halloween Party in two weeks (average age of attendees would be ~68) -  to that end, I have several drink containers that resemble blood bags (for transfusions).   

I'm looking for a good drink that I could make and serve them to my guests.

 

I also have several "syringes" for shots.  If anyone has any ideas for those, along with the "blood" transfusion bags, I'd be forever grateful....

 

 

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On 2017-09-22 at 7:54 PM, Chris Hennes said:

Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered (from Kindred Cocktails)

Cognac, benedictine, and coffee liqueur

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Love the glass vessel.

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On 9/30/2017 at 7:10 PM, RobertM said:

I am hosting a Halloween Party in

Well, Campari is an obvious choice. Negronis?

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On 10/1/2017 at 10:10 AM, RobertM said:

I am hosting a Halloween Party in two weeks (average age of attendees would be ~68) -  to that end, I have several drink containers that resemble blood bags (for transfusions).   

I'm looking for a good drink that I could make and serve them to my guests.

 

I also have several "syringes" for shots.  If anyone has any ideas for those, along with the "blood" transfusion bags, I'd be forever grateful....

 

 

 

Michelada/ Bloody Ceasar/ Bloody Mary. A Corpse Reviver No 1 would probably look more like blood, though.

 

For shots, any suitable embalming fluid like shaojiu or palm spirit - but only if you don't like your friends. 

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EvergreenDan & haresfur - thank you very much!  Excellent ideas.....

 

but, I will hold off on the embalming fluid....

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9 hours ago, haresfur said:

 

Michelada/ Bloody Ceasar/ Bloody Mary. A Corpse Reviver No 1 would probably look more like blood, though.

 


At the very least, that last option would taste so much better than any drink with tomato juice in it... or even worse, clamato juice. I'm picturing somebody saying "What can I do to this tomato juice based drink to make it even less appealing? I know! Clam juice!" :D

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On ‎10‎/‎6‎/‎2017 at 1:50 AM, ChrisTaylor said:

Chris Hennes: I love your glassware.

 

This comment got me thinking about my own glassware.

I've always admired Ina Garten's barware, here (the closest I found and what I believe she uses).

However, I'd never pay that much for bar glasses since they break so easily (and I'm sometimes clumsy).

I could use some double old-fashioned glasses but haven't found the right ones yet.

Anyone have a good source?

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3 hours ago, lindag said:

 

This comment got me thinking about my own glassware.

I've always admired Ina Garten's barware, here (the closest I found and what I believe she uses).

However, I'd never pay that much for bar glasses since they break so easily (and I'm sometimes clumsy).

I could use some double old-fashioned glasses but haven't found the right ones yet.

Anyone have a good source?

 

I was going to suggest Replacements Ltd but I see the pattern you like is not in stock:

https://www.replacements.com/webquote/lrhman.htm

 

You might however find something similar from Replacement Ltd.  I am not ashamed that most of my glassware comes from them.

 

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20 hours ago, ChrisTaylor said:

Nothing like a Zombie to fuck your shit up.

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If only white grapefruit weren't so hard to come by.

 

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On ‎8‎/‎24‎/‎2017 at 3:50 AM, ananth said:

Finally got to try the famous Flor de Jerez !

 

I have to say I'm a little dissappointed. It is really good don't get me wrong but I guess I expected it to be 'funkier' Maybe I'll try this with S&C :D

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Anything is good from a Baron shaker.

 

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On 10/16/2017 at 1:16 AM, lindag said:

 

This comment got me thinking about my own glassware.

I've always admired Ina Garten's barware, here (the closest I found and what I believe she uses).

However, I'd never pay that much for bar glasses since they break so easily (and I'm sometimes clumsy).

I could use some double old-fashioned glasses but haven't found the right ones yet.

Anyone have a good source?

 

This advice holds true for Australia, and I can't see why it wouldn't hold true for anywhere else.

 

Antique stores. Charity shops. You might call them something else, but I'm sure the concept exists -- people donate stuff to a shop, the shop sells the stuff, the proceeds from the sale go to whatever charitable cause the shop is affiliated with. Yeah. Anyway, you buy second hand glasses from those places. You can get some killer bargains. You may stumble on a full set of something nice, sold way below whatever it's worth. You may also run into odds and ends -- ones and twos and threes. I like this, given I have limited storage space.

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Here's a new one I've just posted to Kindred (and was tonight's drink): the Miramar.  Havana Club rum, Strega, Cynar and a Smith & Cross float:

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This started life at our favourite Wellington bar the Hawthorn Lounge as a Havana, due to appear on their new menu any time now.  I had a preview and went home vowing to recreate it, but the original Havana has now had some creme de cacao added and - who knows? - possibly some other tweaks, so my man Gian at Hawthorn said my version was different enough he was happy for me to post it as a new drink.  So here it is.  And freakin' delicious, if I might be permitted an opinion.

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Playing with a variation on a Martinez as much to feature a new (to me) vermouth one of my favorite bars had in stock. Nice solid mouthfeel with some salinity and almost a hint of olives to me (but that may just be my imagination!). Have to say I  really enjoyed this one!

 

1.5 Oude Genever (cut  back from 2 oz to let the vermouth play)

1.0 Vermouth Silvio Carta de Sardegna vermouth

0.25 Maraschino (Luxardo)

2 dashes Bokers Bitters

Lemon twist

 

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At the end of last month the  2017 Shanxi World Wine Culture Expo took place in central China. I was unable to attend, although I did help with the preliminary work and preparations, mainly by translating stuff and also by recording a short video of myself talking nonsense.

 

Despite its title, the Expo is 99.9% about 白酒  (bái jiǔ), China's tipple of choice. Often translated as "wine" it is in fact a strong distilled spirit.

 

The Expo was held in Fenyang in Shanxi province, specifically in the village 杏花 (xìng huā) which is considered to be the birthplace of Chinese spirits. The local product is 界酒 (fén jiǔ), allegedly China's oldest spirit. It is a more mellow and subtler tasting drink than most baijiu and is highly valued.  At the expo a 1987 vintage, 10 litre bottle was sold for 3.2million yuan ($481,740 USD).

 

Anyway, this is all a prelude to what happened today. I was sitting at home minding my own business when my cellphone rang. It was an express delivery service guy telling me that he had a parcel for me and was waiting at the entrance to my apartment block. I went down and he handed me the parcel. Back upstairs I opened it and found this.

 

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A special edition, expo souvenir, 1.8 litre bottle of fenjiu, which the organisers have kindly sent me. I can live with that!

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