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Cocktails & Spirits

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Sazerac Rye Substitute

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by lisaud 8 days ago

I had a Sazerac (well, two actually) recently on my first visit to New Orleans and I fell in love with it! I live in NJ and apparently Sazerac rye is quite hard to come by around here. I could hav...

Pine tree bitters/extract/liqueur?

YAYME
by YAYME 2 years ago

Hey, wise scholars of this board. I used everclear and branch of a fir tree and made pine tree extract. It tastes like pine and I'm thinking of making it into bitters, or liqueur. If I go that rout...

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Old Fashioned Cocktail Neat?

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by PeterB 8 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...

anyone import tequila from mexico?

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by ac106 12 years ago

Heya all, I live in Mass and cannot receive shipments of liquor domestically. However I have read that people have imported absinthe and such from Europe with little problem. I am trying to a...

Mombassa Club Gin?

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by zackly 2 months ago

A friend who lives in Italy part time was telling me about Mombassa Club Gin. It is all the rage over there. Claims it makes great gin and tonics. He said they charge 70 Euros for a 750 ml bottle. ...

"Why Ultra-Aged Spirits are Ripping You Off"

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by patsully 2 months ago

"If you sip a 40-year-old Bourbon or 50-year-old Scotch, you’re basically sipping on oak tannins, bragging rights, a sense of history and little else." I've always assumed as much, but good to h...

Long-forgotten cocktails

Boston_Otter
by Boston_Otter 5 years ago

I love looking at old menus and their lists of cocktails, some of which are still fairly popular, some that pop up at 'speakeasy' style craft bars, and some that nobody's heard of in decades... oft...

White Negroni

splatgirl
by splatgirl 6 years ago

What are your ideal liquors and proportions? I must admit this Campari fan is a little weirded out by the thread discussing the red dye. Duh, right? But I really never thought about it before ...

Extra charge for rocks or neat

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by Sinicle 11 years ago

Recently at a high-end restaurant we were charged $1.50 extra for each drink ordered "on the rocks." Explanation given: More liquor is needed for a "rocks" pour. Two days ago at another high en...

Port & Tonic

Tehama
by Tehama 6 months ago

I recently saw an article mentioning that a white port & tonic is the "new gin & tonic". I love G&T, so I'm intrigued! However, I have two full bottles of red Port I'd love to find a use for......

Grey Goose and Kirkland Signature brand vodka the same?!

sirahola
by sirahola 10 years ago

I heard from a person who works at a winery that Grey Goose and Costco's Kirkland brand vodka are made at the same plant. Does anyone know more about this. If this is true, does it mean that they a...

Irish Whisky

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by DavidT 3 months ago

Nice article on a new Irish single-malt.

Between a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned

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by tim irvine 5 months ago

A favorite local restaurant makes a drink called “Please sir, may I have another” that is Bulleit bourbon, Dolin Rouge, Cardamaro, and Arancello. The proportions seem heavier on the whiskey than a ...

Difference between Whisky & Scotch ?

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by joannebenz 11 years ago

Can anybody explain the difference between Whisky and Scotch? Is Johnnie Walker "Whisky" or is it "Scotch"? What about Jack Daniel's? And what is "Scotch Whisky"?

Trump threatens Tequila tariffs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

Trump announced he was “invoking the authorities granted to me by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act” in order to “address the emergency at the southern border”. From 10 June, all g...

Boston Liquor Laws

TroyTempest
by TroyTempest 6 months ago

Last weekend I was in Boston, and we decided to go to the North End for Italian food. I was craving a Martini, and was told that they didn't have gin. So, I asked if there was scotch. Another no...

The Aperol Spritz: Summer Hero or Heck No?

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by David_Watsky 6 months ago

Some of you might have seen the digital dust-up over a New York Times piece today condemning the summery spiritz. Wondering what people's thoughts are on the cocktail (?) or if there is a superior ...

Martini pairings and garnishes

tim irvine
by tim irvine 2 years ago

We recently had a bottle of Botanist and used our usual Dolin dry. The result was a little too soft, almost not a martini but my, what an amazing gin. Using a twist instead of an olive (bottled i...

Anyone else use alcohol as cough syrup?

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by givemecarbs 11 years ago

So it's three am and I can't stop coughing. My lousy cold that was just a pest earlier has progressed to seismic fits of coughing. No cough syrup in the house so in desperation I pour a small glass...