Recently my girlfriend and I have been experimenting with spirits and cocktails. This comes from two dedicated beer drinkers, but we've been enjoying exploring different drinks. I'm working on the classics (martinis, gimlets, Tom Collins, juleps) but would like to explore a bit more. I'm a fan of simple, elegant drinks that let the flavor of the alcohol shine through.
Two questions: any good idea for excellent, simple drinks? I have a lot of vodka sitting around. I used up all my bourbon making mint juleps, but it's possible that I might buy more. I have most of a bottle of spiced rum as well.
And are there good gins that I'm missing? I've always bought Bombay Sapphire, but recently figured out that I prefer Plymouth. I'm trying not to go up into the price range of Hendrickson's.