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Cocktails & Spirits

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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

YAYME
by YAYME 11 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 11 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

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by theomordha 6 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?

Gustavo Glenmorangie
by Gustavo Glenmorangie 9 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 1 year 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 11 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 11 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 10 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

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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 1 year 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. ...

A bad idea for a martini

tim irvine
by tim irvine 1 year ago

At one of my favorite restaurants the other night and ordered a martini, specifying Bluecoat and Dolin, 3:1, one olive but not dirty. They were out of Dolin dry and subbed Dolin blanc. Yuck. Tas...

State(s) with the Lowest Liquor Taxes / Prices?

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by signofthefourwinds 8 years ago

Because individual States apply various state and local taxes, I'm wondering if anyone has a source that compares the 50 States and indicates what State(s) have the overall lowest costs for spirits...

Shipping spirits from NY to MA?

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by jochaima 1 year ago

Hello I was all set order online, some liqueurs (not wine) from NY to MA (where I live). The seller is licensed. I am the consumer. When the seller ships to MA, they transfer ownership of the item...

Remy Martin XO

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by ValentinoA 1 year ago

I was given a Remy Martin XO. Their is an add label on the side that said not for human consumption... what does that mean? Is it just a display bottle?

Costco whiskey

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by odkaty 1 year ago

I keep seeing that Costco has decent self-branded whiskey. All I've seen (and tried) is their Canadian whisky. Do they carry something other than the Canadian whisky? IOW, please tell me that...

Scotland's Wave Of New Distilleries

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by DavidT 1 year ago

In addition to several closed (or "lost") distilleries reopening, a good number of new distilleries are opening in Scotland. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-10/scotland-s-next-w...

Weird vanilla floaties

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by baileybakes 1 year ago

Hi everyone! I know this isn’t exactly a cocktail question, but I think you cocktail makers and rum dealers may be more likely to know the answer to this. So here goes! I have been maki...