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Cocktails & Spirits

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Sazerac Rye Substitute

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by lisaud 1 year ago

I had a Sazerac (well, two actually) recently on my first visit to New Orleans and I fell in love with it! I live in NJ and apparently Sazerac rye is quite hard to come by around here. I could hav...

TGI Friday’s Cherry Rum Fizz Recipe

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by PB_Native 11 months ago

Hi! Is there anyone out there who used to be a bartender at TGI Friday’s back in the day who remembers the recipe for their Cherry Rum Fizz? I loved that drink and would love to be able to make i...

Tequila for Frozen Margaritas?

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by zackly 8 months ago

So I know next to nothing about tequila. I remember when Cuervo Gold was all the rage when Steely Dan mentioned it in one of their hit songs back in the early eighties, then "100% Agave" tequila c...

Please help me stock my husband's bar cabinet

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by mkatieq 8 years ago

My husband is on a business trip and as a surprise for him I have purchased a bar cabinet for his study and I want to stock it for him before he returns. I am looking for good quality essentials w...

What Martini Glass do you use?

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by seefoo 9 months ago

This lockdown has me bored enough to seek improvement to my martini-game. Difficult shopping for glassware off the internet. I KNOW I want smaller vessels. I just dislike the giant glass all the ...

Old Fashioned Cocktail Neat?

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by PeterB 9 years ago

Booze Hounds, help me out, please. This has happened to me twice in the last couple of months. While out at a bar I have ordered an Old Fashioned. When the drinks were served they were neat. I requ...

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

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by Marsha 13 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...

Martini pairings and garnishes

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by tim irvine 4 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...

Where to buy uncommon spirits in the GTA

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by highlyunlikely 9 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 8 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 9 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 8 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 1 year 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...

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

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by Melanie Wong 10 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 11 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...