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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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Cask Strength Bourbon?

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by zackly 21 days 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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SF Gate finally tracked down the origin of San Francisco's love for Fernet-Branca

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by patsully 6 days 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...

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Deuch And Dora

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by syrup09 6 days 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...

Where in Northen NJ can I find Vermut from Spain?

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by CanisDirus1 5 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) ?

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by CHSeifert 1 year 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

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by CanisDirus1 1 month 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?

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by jumpingmonk 1 month 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?

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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

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by DoctorChow 3 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?

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by mstrimel 6 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?

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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

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by EthanSetiawan 4 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

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by DiningDiva 5 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

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by rebekahschultz 5 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

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by walkoffdinner 6 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)

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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 6 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...

What's Your Go To Drink for Christmas Day/New Years Day?

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by treb 6 months ago

Do you have favorite libation for Christmas Day and New Years Day? For Christmas day, I like an old school martini, 3 olives on the side. Has to be very dry (just a whisper of vermouth). New ...

G & T

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by tim irvine 10 months ago

I hadn't really enjoyed G & Ts for many years but recently tried Fevertree light tonic. It has no artificial sweeteners despite being labeled light. It is eminently drinkable and very refreshing....

Coloured Gins

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by imagin_cocktails 7 months ago

Hey, gin lovers! I am developing my school web project dedicated to coloured gins. On the website I compare different gins by color, taste, flavour, ingredients, and price. I am also going to add r...