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Cocktails & Spirits

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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

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 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 5 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 5 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?

YAYME
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

Lriva
by Lriva 6 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

frenetica
by frenetica 12 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

YAYME
by YAYME 6 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

YAYME
by YAYME 6 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...

Stoli Pertsovka Has Anyone been Able to Get it

theomordha
by theomordha 5 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...

Zapopan 100% agave at TJs. Anyone tried it?

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by Gustavo Glenmorangie 8 years ago

So, I'm in Trader Joe's at lunch today and there's a new kid on their tequila block. Zapopan, 100% agave blanco and reposado, both for... $10/bottle. Gotta be the best value (read: Cheapest) 100% a...

Boozy Sangria, as it's made in Spain (or perhaps used to be?)

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by jojojovich 10 months ago

I went to college in Toledo, Spain for a while. One night we went out, and decided, foolishly, to try the sangria at each bar in town. We didn't get far, it being the boozy delight it is (or used t...

Proportions for Cool Hand Cuke Mocktail?

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by hippopotame 6 months ago

We have guests requesting copycat 'Cool Hand Cuke' mocktail from The Henry in Vegas. The menu lists ingredients as Dry (brand) cucumber soda, ginger-lemongrass syrup, and lime. I have all of these ...

Finding the right Glühwein recipe, or is it the right wine? Or both?

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by magnoliasouth 6 months ago

First off, I apologize for the length of this post. I just wanted to explain so you fully get what my problem is. I am of Austrian descent and my great-Aunt used to make Glühwein every Christmas...

Johnnie Walker bottle cap - embarassing question

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by LloydG 9 years ago

I'm embarassed to have to ask this, but I see no alternative. I recently bought a bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold Label at a duty free shop in Asia. I went to open it tonight and it has some weird ty...

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

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by Marsha 12 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...

spirit measuring equipment

splatgirl
by splatgirl 6 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...

Store-bought egg whites?

Alcachofa
by Alcachofa 7 months ago

Hi. I'm posting this here, as I will be using the egg whites to make drinks. I'm wondering if anyone has ever used the egg whites you can find in a supermarket to make cocktails which require egg w...

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

Faune
by Faune 11 years ago

I would appreciate it if someone could give me recommendations*, contrasts and comparisons (e.g. tasting notes) regarding Bombay Sapphire (which I have tried and enjoyed), Tanqueray and Beefeater. ...