Cocktails & Spirits

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Difference between Whisky & Scotch ?

by joannebenz 11 years ago

Can anybody explain the difference between Whisky and Scotch? Is Johnnie Walker "Whisky" or is it "Scotch"? What about Jack Daniel's? And what is "Scotch Whisky"?

Trump threatens Tequila tariffs

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Trump announced he was “invoking the authorities granted to me by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act” in order to “address the emergency at the southern border”. From 10 June, all g...

Boston Liquor Laws

by TroyTempest 8 months ago

Last weekend I was in Boston, and we decided to go to the North End for Italian food. I was craving a Martini, and was told that they didn't have gin. So, I asked if there was scotch. Another no...

The Aperol Spritz: Summer Hero or Heck No?

by David_Watsky 7 months ago

Some of you might have seen the digital dust-up over a New York Times piece today condemning the summery spiritz. Wondering what people's thoughts are on the cocktail (?) or if there is a superior ...

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...

Anyone else use alcohol as cough syrup?

by givemecarbs 11 years ago

So it's three am and I can't stop coughing. My lousy cold that was just a pest earlier has progressed to seismic fits of coughing. No cough syrup in the house so in desperation I pour a small glass...

Looking for advice on a Scotch to round out the tasting

by Eiron1969 8 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?

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?

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?

by CHSeifert 1 year 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

by seefoo 10 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

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

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

by mrgrotto 11 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

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

by BrettEdwards 10 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?

by venividibitchy 10 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 10 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?

by Telandraa1 11 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

by somervilleoldtimer 11 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...