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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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Where to buy uncommon spirits in the GTA

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by highlyunlikely 6 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 5 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...

It's 2020, we're locked down at home: pls tell me, how do you make *your* negroni??

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by damiano 6 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 5 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

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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 ...

How long do unopened bottles of hard liquor/liquers stay drinkable for? And opened?

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by Shayna Madel 13 years ago

I don't drink much hard liquor at all, for no particular reason. But, years ago, I did establish a little bar in my wall unit. I have bottles of scotch, rye and a few other things, unopened, for ...

Bourbon Suggestions

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by zackly 9 months ago

I've been drinking bourbon for a couple of years. I drink it in a rocks glass with a single big ice cube. I've tried most of the popular brands that bars stock as well as some lesser known varietie...

Healdsburg's Young & Yonder hand sanitizer (and list of American distilleries fighting Covid-19)

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by Melanie Wong 6 months 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...

The Bay Area is drinking 42% more alcohol than usual during Covid-19 stay at home orders

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by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

We are such over-achievers. " . . .During the first week of sheltering in place, Bay Area residents drank more alcohol than usual — 42% more than usual, in fact, according to data from BACtrack,...

Lonespur Texas Gin?

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by curseofleisure 6 years ago

Saw this at Spec's today and can't really find any information about it on the web. Anyone tired it? Thoughts?

Vitamin Water Cocktails

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by michele cindy 12 years ago

Last night there were no mixers in the fridge, only "B-relaxed" Vitamin Water. I made a cocktail using the Vitamin Water, Vodka, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice, over ice. It came out pretty good...

What cocktail/drink is this?

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by erling 8 months ago

I drank this for my holiday last year and just now i remember how good it was. Looks like a blue lagook but i’m not sure. Any tips?

spirit measuring equipment

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by splatgirl 7 years ago

I just broke my favorite liquid measuring tool for the bar. HUGE DRAT. It was ~5 ounce borosilicate (lab) glass graduated cylinder. It had a pour spout and--the most critical feature--was marke...

Anyone tried Lunazul Tequila yet?

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by theginguy 12 years ago

Apparently a Mexican made Tequila distributed by Heaven Hill, Lunazul Tequila is 100% Agave and pretty darn cheap. I can't find any good reviews about it online, so I was wondering if anyone has tr...

Killer wine

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by fthivierge 9 months ago

I make James Bond martini what can I replace the killer wine with?

Cocktail using coffee-infused bourbon

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by mstrimel 10 months ago

My wife (who is normally a teetotaler) saw a dessert cocktail on a restaurant menu that called for "coffee-infused bourbon" and she wanted to try it. I now have some Evan Williams / coffee / vani...

Gift for a fan of hardcore bitters

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by jochaima 11 months ago

I'm looking for ideas for someone who really likes bitters: fernet branca, and unicum. I was wondering about sfugmato, if that is worth getting? He has fernet, fernet menta, nonino, Ramazzotti, ape...

“Bourbon Scotch” ornament

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by valveeta300b 10 months ago

Every holiday season I run in to at least one magnificent specimen of poorly researched Christmas ornament. Last night I found my winner for 2019 as depicted in the photos. Last year the best one I...

"Why Ultra-Aged Spirits are Ripping You Off"

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by patsully 1 year 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...