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Cocktails & Spirits

Read what Chowhounds have to say about distilled spirits—flavors, brands, recipes, recommendations—and share your own boozy insights.

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Where to buy uncommon spirits in the GTA

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by highlyunlikely 29 days ago

I have never been much of a cocktail drinker, apart from the occasional Manhattan, but I have started becoming more interested in cocktails during this pandemic. Unfortunately the LCBO doesn't see...

New Kid in Town

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by BigG 9 days ago

So, I've always laughed at vodka snobs. I think Tito's is an amazing scam, but great marketing. Same with Grey Goose, Ketel One, etc. Still, a very close friend is a vodka-only person. She also wor...

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Tequila for Frozen Margaritas?

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by zackly 22 hours ago

So I know next to nothing about tequila. I remember when Cuervo Gold was all the rage when Steely Dan mentioned it in one of their hit songs back in the early eighties, then "100% Agave" tequila c...

Expensive Gin - is it really worth it (to my pallet) ?

CHSeifert
by CHSeifert 6 months ago

So I have been buying A LOT of gin over the last year and a half. I think I counted the number of different gin’s I have bought and came close to 45. I’m a strong believer in quality and re...

It's 2020, we're locked down at home: pls tell me, how do you make *your* negroni??

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by damiano 1 month ago

So... It's been a long time since this board has discussed a negroni. I'm relatively new to a negroni, but as it's 2020 and as we're all at home watching netflix, I've been noticing that around 1/3...

Melon Syrups for Frozen Drinks, ISO

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by zackly 13 days ago

With melons being cheap and plentiful now I like to freeze the flesh for use inn frozen daiquiris or margaritas. Because there is so much water in cantaloupes, watermelon and honeydews, the flavor ...

Coffee liqueurs Other than Kahlua

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by twodales2 2 months ago

So, I've been on a White Russian kick lately to get us through the quarantine. Someone gave us Starbucks coffee liqueur a while back and we've nearly run out. It seems that they no longer make it....

Rucolino

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by JMF 6 years ago

I've never tried the arugula based herbal amaro/digestif liqueur Rucolino from Ischia, Italy; but a little old Italian lady next door gave me two HUGE bags of arugula. i blanched it and vac packed ...

How long do unopened bottles of hard liquor/liquers stay drinkable for? And opened?

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by Shayna Madel 12 years ago

I don't drink much hard liquor at all, for no particular reason. But, years ago, I did establish a little bar in my wall unit. I have bottles of scotch, rye and a few other things, unopened, for ...

Bourbon Suggestions

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by zackly 5 months ago

I've been drinking bourbon for a couple of years. I drink it in a rocks glass with a single big ice cube. I've tried most of the popular brands that bars stock as well as some lesser known varietie...

Healdsburg's Young & Yonder hand sanitizer (and list of American distilleries fighting Covid-19)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

At the Saturday morning Healdsburg Farmers Market, I picked up a small bottle of hand sanitizer at the booth of Bernier Farms. It's 80% alcohol by volume and listed ingredients are alcohol, hydroge...

What Martini Glass do you use?

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by seefoo 1 month ago

This lockdown has me bored enough to seek improvement to my martini-game. Difficult shopping for glassware off the internet. I KNOW I want smaller vessels. I just dislike the giant glass all the ...

The Bay Area is drinking 42% more alcohol than usual during Covid-19 stay at home orders

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by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

We are such over-achievers. " . . .During the first week of sheltering in place, Bay Area residents drank more alcohol than usual — 42% more than usual, in fact, according to data from BACtrack,...

Lonespur Texas Gin?

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by curseofleisure 6 years ago

Saw this at Spec's today and can't really find any information about it on the web. Anyone tired it? Thoughts?

What is/was Tango?

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by MC Slim JB 12 years ago

I don't know what made me think of this stuff, but I recall it as a preferred tipple of underage drinkers when I was much younger (my buddy Louie in particular, not then known for his discriminatin...

Stoli Pertsovka Has Anyone been Able to Get it

theomordha
by theomordha 6 years ago

I have not been able to find Persovka, whether by Stolichnaya nor anyone else, The trendy pepper vodkas which are infused are not the same. Anyone out there who enjoys Persovka? I am in Califo...

Vitamin Water Cocktails

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by michele cindy 12 years ago

Last night there were no mixers in the fridge, only "B-relaxed" Vitamin Water. I made a cocktail using the Vitamin Water, Vodka, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice, over ice. It came out pretty good...

What cocktail/drink is this?

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by erling 3 months ago

I drank this for my holiday last year and just now i remember how good it was. Looks like a blue lagook but i’m not sure. Any tips?

spirit measuring equipment

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by splatgirl 7 years ago

I just broke my favorite liquid measuring tool for the bar. HUGE DRAT. It was ~5 ounce borosilicate (lab) glass graduated cylinder. It had a pour spout and--the most critical feature--was marke...

TGI Friday’s Cherry Rum Fizz Recipe

PB_Native
by PB_Native 3 months ago

Hi! Is there anyone out there who used to be a bartender at TGI Friday’s back in the day who remembers the recipe for their Cherry Rum Fizz? I loved that drink and would love to be able to make i...