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Cocktails & Spirits

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Looking for advice on a Scotch to round out the tasting

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by Eiron1969 6 months ago

Hi all, I am hosting my first Scotch tasting for a few friends and co-workers at the end of May and am looking for one more bottle to round out the tasting. I have a bottle of Lagavulin 16, a bottl...

Bourbon and Triple Sec?

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by sanjacinto 8 years ago

Just something that came to mind recently: I can't think of any cocktails that involve combining bourbon and triple sec. I don't know, in my mind it seems like a workable combination. Do such cockt...

What can I do with Art in the Age's "Root" liquor?

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by MoxieNeat 8 years ago

Hey all, I bought a bottle of this Root Tea throwback and have found trouble making a cocktail that I'm happy with...any ideas outside of what recipes came with the bottle's tag? http://www.arti...

Any Single Malt Whisky fans?

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by CHSeifert 12 months ago

I’m getting a bit into single malt whisky. I wonder if anyone else in here have some favourites to recommend? My cheaper favourite classic smoother, though a bit bland single malts are Cragg...

ZERO idea how old this bottle of Cognac is... but I tasted it

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by seefoo 8 months ago

my grandmother had this bottle. my mom then moved it from home to home. eventually it ended up in my hands. i halfheartedly asked around, and searched "the Google" for it, but whatever. a few m...

Bloody Marys - finding the perfect mix or starting from scratch

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by cstout 4 years ago

I would like to know what your favorite mix is or do you have your own recipe that you would prefer over anything purchased? How about the rim salt, make your own or purchase? Am thinking of using ...

The Duke @ Bar La Grassa-A modified Pimms Cup cocktail

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by benjaminthom 1 year ago

Anyone else had a chance to imbibe on "The Duke" @ Bar La Grassa in Minneapolis. I can't get over how refreshing it is and the "tomato olives" that they use as the garnish. So imagine, a fine tun...

Cocktails With Swedish Punsch

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by mrgrotto 10 years ago

Any good cocktail suggestions with Swedish Punsch? I'm kinda going crazy over Waldorfs right now, but would like to try a couple new ones. Also made a couple Bohannons (from Deep Ellum's Casey Keen...

Controy - Mexican Orange Liqueur

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by jberryl 12 years ago

Cointreau is a French Orange Liqueur that costs $30 - 35 a bottle here in the States. Controy is a Mexican Orange Liqueur that costs about $11 in Mexico. Both are perfect for Margs because they hav...

Packaging of cream liqueurs

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by BrettEdwards 9 months ago

Hi all I notice that most cream liqueurs come in dark glass bottles, green or brown. Does this increase the stability of the product or is it just presentation?

If I like Jameson, what else might I like?

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by venividibitchy 9 years ago

I tried whiskey for the first time last night -- Jameson, and was pleasantly surprised. I'm typically a gin/tequila/vodka person. I was satisfied with the lack of an aftertaste, and the amount o...

Cocktail Safety

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by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

" . . . There are a surprising number of cocktail components and procedures to be worried about. The website’s index lists more than 60, including fat-washing, in which a spirit is mixed with the o...

Cosmos without Triple Sec?

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by Telandraa1 9 months ago

I am on Chemo and going on a cruise in a few weeks. I am told not to have anything made with Seville Oranges & that leaves out Triple Sec and Cointreau. I love Cosmos, what can I substitute?

Freezing liqueur-filled chocolate bottles

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by somervilleoldtimer 10 months ago

We have a surfeit of those tiny liqueur-filled chocolate bottles, wrapped in foil. Rather than gobbling them all down, I want to wrap them well and freeze them for next year. Will they survive su...

Why do so many people hate Gin?

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by YAYME 8 years ago

As a former Gin hater, I can understand it's bad rap. People say it tastes like christmas tree. I counter that you really haven't enjoyed it. I started enjoying it when I sniffed it like a fine win...

Sloe Gin and Creme de Violette...

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by Jennifer Luxmoore 9 years ago

No, not together! 2 separate questions... I just tried Sloe Gin the other night and loved it, though it seems hard to find. What else can you do with it besides Sloe Gin Fizz? Also purchas...

Limoncello Safety

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by Lriva 10 months ago

I made Limoncello as holiday gifts. Everyone loves it and no one has been ill, except for one person. She claims a shot of limoncello gave her a bacterial infection where she was hospitalized. I ...

Curious about Blackberry Brandy

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by frenetica 13 years ago

I am always seeing this behind the counter at cheap liquor stores - what on earth does this stuff taste like?

Submitted for your approval my newest cocktail: Goblin Milk

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by YAYME 10 months ago

'goblin' milk cocktail 1 jigger of Ransom's old tom Gin 1/2 jigger green chartreuse or pine bud liquuer 1 jigger honey/cinnamon syrup 2 jiggers milk 1 mint sprig for garnishing 1 drop green...

REVISED Goblin milk cocktail

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by YAYME 10 months ago

I was inspired by David Lebowitz's green chartreuse ice cream. Knowing that dairy and green chartreuse go oddly well together. I explored further from there. The honey syrup added sweetness, Ransom...