Cocktails & Spirits

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


Cheaper Substitute for Campari?

by zackly 1 month ago

I use it in mixed drinks and it's pricey. Is there a less expensive alternative? Thanks!

Cask Strength Bourbon?

by zackly 4 months ago

In a case of a little knowledge is dangerous, here goes. Over the last several years I’ve started appreciating bourbon. I’ve probably sampled 50+ different bottles. I prefer bourbon at the strength...

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Indian Cocktails

by lgphil 14 years ago

Every month or so, we get together with some friends and have a theme dinner. this month is India. since I can't cook and everyone else can, I am in charge of drinks. Does anyone have so...

Bottled vs Tonic Water From a Gun

by zackly 2 months ago

Why don't more nice restaurants and hotel bars use bottled Tonic Water? The stuff from the guns sucks, sickly sweet and boring. I love a gin and tonic in the summer but if the tonic is out of a gun...

Deuch And Dora

by syrup09 4 months ago

This morning while watching Batman I heard the term Deuch And Dora, (I'm not sure about the spelling.) I wasn't sure if it was real or something the writers mad up, so I looked it up. It's...

SF Gate finally tracked down the origin of San Francisco's love for Fernet-Branca

by patsully 3 months ago

When I moved to San Francisco and found Fernet on tap across the city, I asked a number of bartenders how it came to pass and was told a variety of urban legends, so it's nice to finally read the f...

Where in Northen NJ can I find Vermut from Spain?

by CanisDirus1 8 months ago

Not sure if it's the result of the pandemic but where before it was available I'm seeing not available. Thank you.

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

by CHSeifert 2 years 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...

World's Best Whiskey 2021

by CanisDirus1 5 months ago

WL Weller CYPB http://www.worldwhiskiesawards.com/winner/whisky/2021/worlds-best-bourbon-world-whiskies-awards-2021

Does ANYONE still have Fever Tree Smoky Ginger Ale?

by jumpingmonk 5 months ago

Hi all, I am at my wits end. I have been trying to find someone who still has some of the Smoky Ginger Ale by Fever Tree and can do a mail shipping to New York, where I am (I seem to be having ...

Recommended liquor blogs/sites?

by GrouchoMarxism 6 years ago

Hello folks, I was wondering what blogs, sites, or newsfeeds/streams you might recommend for keeping up on booze news in this day and age. While of course I'm always up to the task of looking so...

Unicum - Zwack

by DoctorChow 6 months ago

Finally found it. Expensive shipping (most of the cost) and only in 500 ml bottles, but available from The Whiskey Exchange, London. This is the original, real thing, not the orange-flavored vers...

Bourbons for cocktails?

by mstrimel 9 months ago

I like bourbon and my current pour is Knob Creek 9 y.o., however I just saw a cocktail recipe (Gold Rush) that specifically stated 4-8 y.o. bourbon. I'm not overly fussy, but it got me thinking ......

Old Fashioned Cocktail Neat?

by PeterB 9 years ago

Booze Hounds, help me out, please. This has happened to me twice in the last couple of months. While out at a bar I have ordered an Old Fashioned. When the drinks were served they were neat. I requ...

Holland House whiskey sour mix

by EthanSetiawan 7 months ago

Hey all - my first post here and looking forward to gleaning some wisdom from you all! I've got a question about a goodwill find - this Holland House whiskey sour drink mix. Anyone know anything ab...

Inauguration Spirits

by DiningDiva 8 months ago

I broke out the good...as in REALLY good...tequila this evening as a little pre-inauguration imbibe. What are ya'll drinking?

Newbie's first bourbon run

by rebekahschultz 9 months ago

Hi all. Please be gentle, have done runs of gin, brandy and rum but trying now a Bourbon run. For info I've a 10L still so nothing major. My recipe; 1.4kg of corn malt (71%) 400g of roasted...

Billionaire or Scofflaw

by walkoffdinner 9 months ago

Was introduced to these cocktails about 4 years ago at great bars like Adesso, Comstock, Bourbon & Branch & a terrific Miami joint, the Pawn Broker in the Langford Hotel. Most now all defunct, RIP...

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

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year 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...

Alley 6 86'd Candy Cap Bitters (and Clean Up on Alley 6 Hand Sanitizer) | Healdsburg

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

During this pandemic holiday season when our economy has tanked for so many, I focused my purchases on gifts made by local producers. One shopping stop was Alley 6, a small batch craft distiller in...