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Hallmark of St. James 25 y.o.

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by tdg 13 years ago

I was hoping for some guidance. I had a *fantastic* single-malt this afternoon, which I had not previously seen. It was 25 y.o. scotch labelled (Vintage) Hallmark of St. James. What is this scotc...

What is/was Tango?

MC Slim JB
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...

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Choice of beverage for July 4th

tim irvine
by tim irvine 1 month ago

I think the Fourth of July is a fun holiday for a lot of reasons. No presents are needed. No one dresses up; in fact dressing like a comfortable teenager is expected. Unlike the winter holidays ...

What is the different between Grain Neutral Spirits, Unaged Whiskey, and Vodka

StriperGuy
by StriperGuy 7 years ago

Seriously, they are all made from fermented grain, that is later distilled. I suppose the mash bill makes some difference. But I imagine most grain neutral spirit in the USA is made from corn, so h...

Coffee liqueurs Other than Kahlua

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by twodales2 4 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....

Sazerac Rye Substitute

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by lisaud 10 months 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...

TGI Friday’s Cherry Rum Fizz Recipe

PB_Native
by PB_Native 5 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...

Tequila for Frozen Margaritas?

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by zackly 2 months 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...

Please help me stock my husband's bar cabinet

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by mkatieq 8 years ago

My husband is on a business trip and as a surprise for him I have purchased a bar cabinet for his study and I want to stock it for him before he returns. I am looking for good quality essentials w...

What Martini Glass do you use?

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by seefoo 3 months 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 ...

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...

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...

What is "it" in "gin and it"?

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by Marsha 13 years ago

I have often read in my British detective novels that people would order "gin and it" and I have never been able to find out what the "it" is. Vermouth? Tonic? Bitters? Does anyone have a defin...

Martini pairings and garnishes

tim irvine
by tim irvine 3 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...

Where to buy uncommon spirits in the GTA

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by highlyunlikely 3 months 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 3 months 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...

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

CHSeifert
by CHSeifert 8 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 ...

Rucolino

JMF
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 ...