Cocktails & Spirits

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Pour spouts, how do you open them?

by noahbirnel 14 years ago

Lately I've been branching out from my regular tipple of Jameson, and I've come across several liquors with plastic pour spouts that I haven't figured out how to open without breaking the spout. Va...

Help a philistine make a GREAT martini, please

by Kirk 14 years ago

I don't drink them. In fact, I have a severe aversion to most "white" spirits ... a result of youthful indiscretions. No gin for me, and definitely no vodka or rum! But my wife loves a martini...

Magellan Gin

by viperlush 14 years ago

Has anyone tried the clear Magellan gin (in the blue bottle)? I have a couple of bottles of the blue coloured (in the clear bottle) and I want to know if I should continue to ration it or just suck...

Cucumber-Infused Gin?

by maillard 14 years ago

Someone had posted a week or two ago about making cucumber-infused gin. I have a lovely cucumber. I have a lot of gin. I have mason jars. What do I do? How much cucumber to gin? How long to i...

Fun things to do with pastis?

by AppleSister 14 years ago

I bought a bottle of Ricard and am happy enough to drink it with ice and water, but would love any suggestions for ways to mix it up. Also, can it be used for cooking?

How do you Mojito?

by cincodemayo1 14 years ago

Growing up in Miami, I've had some amazing mojitos. The ones I've had were always made of lots of ice, crushed mint, lime juice, rum, and sugar. But it seems like every place I've been to in LA put...

Columbian spirit- Aguardiente Cristal

Spoony Bard
by Spoony Bard 14 years ago

Interested in learning more about this spirit. I've had Aguardiente Cristal at a couple bars in NYC in place of rum in a mojito, and I relished the additional nuance of anise it gave an already del...

One cup of cherry juice + Burbon? Rum? Vermouth? Vodka?... Yelp!

by Ida Red 14 years ago

Reg. and sour cherries, macerated with sugar, mint and 1 tsp balsamic vinegar made about 1 cup of nice juice. I don't have time for a proper Cherry Bounce, and I'm no professional bartender... Su...

Historical Q re "white brandy" in Civil War era US? [moved from Wine board]

by MikeG 14 years ago

In a Civil War era (1871) recipe for brandied peaches, written by a Southerner but intended for a national audience, what do you all think "best white brandy" would have been? Rum? I assume that i...

Infusing Vodka

by Bobfrmia 14 years ago

I want to infuse vodka with blueberries. How would I do this? Thanks.

Keglevich Liqueurs?

by Scrapironchef 14 years ago

Anybody seen this brand on store shelves? Peach/Melon/Green Apple? I'm down to my last bottle and looking for a resupply.

Is there any way to make Spirits fly?

by 1 wiener hound 14 years ago

I live on the buckle of the bible belt there are many products that I see on this forum that are not availale to me. I do not live in a totally arid environment just one where the camel traffic on...

Another fan of Pegu Club Cocktail.

by JeffW 14 years ago

Greetings all, On the 4th. of July, we had a wonderful al fresco dinner at DebbieW and Michael's home. Debbie whipped up a large pitcher of a drink she'd read about within Chowhound, called "Pe...

New drink recipe (for me): Firecracker Martini

by Produce Addict 14 years ago

Made this drink last night http://www.amny.com/entertainment/am-july4drinks,0,3237946.story (scroll down) and thought it was quite tasty. Bascially it has vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters, hot ...

Expiration date for liquors??

by shopgirl 14 years ago

My mother-in-law just gave me vodka, gin, etc. which she's had for at least 30 years. Some opened, some not. Are they still good to drink? Would they lose their potency if opened? Any thoughts?

tequila? [moved from Home Cooking]

by yum 14 years ago

i like tequila shots..good ones ofcourse, but i'm wondering what goes well with tequila.. as a drink? like, how there's rum and coke gin and tonic..etc. what are your favorite tequila drinks?

Taking this out for a Spin -- Summer Cocktails

Amuse Bouches
by Amuse Bouches 14 years ago

Ooh! A spirits board! So, as the weather gets hot, apparently everywhere in the U.S. (according to the L.A. Times weather map today) does anyone have any suggestions of fantastic summer cocktai...

Wet by Beefeater is all WET!

by 1 wiener hound 14 years ago

First I want to ask what is it? I purchased it in the gin section of the package store. The Associate who said he enjoyed gin liked it and they were selling alot of this product. There was no bo...

have to serve cocktails - any suggestions?

by george 14 years ago

I have been out of circulation for a while, so I don’t know what yummy new cocktails people are drinking now. I am assigned the task of bringing the cocktails to an upcoming picnic and I would like...

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