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Cocktail Hour

Post by TNLawPiper » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:13 am

I couldn't recall a thread specifically discussing cocktails, so I figured I'd make one. I'm not talking drinks like cosmopolitans or apple-tinis here; martinis, Manhattans, old fashioneds, Amaris, and the like are the object of this thread. Do you have a favorite cocktail or a home recipe your father drank in those times when he wanted more than neat whiskey?

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by TNLawPiper » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:16 am

An old fellow I used to know would drink Scotch old fashioneds made with J&B. He would buy it by the case and have two or three each evening. Of course, being a traditionalist, he never began before 5:00 p.m.

You all may well know my penchant for Manhattans. Bulleit rye, sweet vermouth of whatever brand happens to be around, and Bordeaux cherries. It's a strong drink by nature, so having two usually does the trick.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by huddsbaggie » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:21 am

Not big on cocktails. Prefer to taste a good liquor on its own terms.

Mint julep sometimes. Negroni if I am in a cocktail bar (The American Bar at The Savoy from time to time). Mainly I am in the pub with a pint and malt whisky.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by TNLawPiper » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:37 am

huddsbaggie wrote:Not big on cocktails. Prefer to taste a good liquor on its own terms.

Mint julep sometimes. Negroni if I am in a cocktail bar (The American Bar at The Savoy from time to time). Mainly I am in the pub with a pint and malt whisky.
I know that Southerners (the American South, that is) are supposed to be fans of mint juleps, but I don't particularly care for them. They're very sweet.

Negronis are nice. I enjoy the contrast of the bitter Campari with sweet vermouth.

Have you ever had Fernet-Branca?

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Cleon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:39 am

My favorite cocktail is a variation of the Manhattan:
  • 5 parts Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
    1 part sweet vermouth
    Lots of Agnostura Bitters (I like bitters)
    2-4 Marachino cherries
Another good one is what I call my summer Martini:
  • New Amsterdam gin out of the freezer
    splash of dry vermouth
    no garnish
I fill whatever glass I'm using. If I'm gonna have a strong drink I want to feel it.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by TNLawPiper » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:59 am

Cleon wrote:My favorite cocktail is a variation of the Manhattan:
  • 5 parts Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
    1 part sweet vermouth
    Lots of Agnostura Bitters (I like bitters)
    2-4 Marachino cherries
Another good one is what I call my summer Martini:
  • New Amsterdam gin out of the freezer
    splash of dry vermouth
    no garnish
I fill whatever glass I'm using. If I'm gonna have a strong drink I want to feel it.
I'll say. You don't like your liquor diluted by non-liquor. :lol:

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Del » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:08 am

My primary cocktail is a spiced rum & diet cola, with a squeeze of fresh lime. This is what I throw together when most guys are grabbing a beer.

For fancy, I favor the dry gin martini:
New Amsterdam gin
splash of dry vermouth
dash of orange bitters
meaty green olive, and a few extra drops of olive brine

Occasionally, a brandy manhattan:
Korbel brandy
splash of sweet vermouth
generous dash of bitters
maraschino cherry
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by JudgeRusty » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:10 am

Beth usually wants a Cosmo. She keeps a note card with a few recipe reminders.
While mixing hers the other night, I made what was called a "bourbon sidecar" for me. It was sweet, but tasty. I put its name in quotes as the drink has very little in common with a traditional sidecar. It was bourbon, sweet vermouth, triple sec and lime juice.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Cleon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:17 am

Del wrote:My primary cocktail is a spiced rum & diet cola, with a squeeze of fresh lime. This is what I throw together when most guys are grabbing a beer.

For fancy, I favor the dry gin martini:
New Amsterdam gin
splash of dry vermouth
dash of orange bitters
meaty green olive, and a few extra drops of olive brine

Occasionally, a brandy manhattan:
Korbel brandy
splash of sweet vermouth
generous dash of bitters
maraschino cherry
New Amsterdam gin isn't for everyone because of its extreme citrus notes. I like it, but some would question it. Certainly, A_Morley would.
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Post by Cleon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:22 am

TNLawPiper wrote:
Cleon wrote:My favorite cocktail is a variation of the Manhattan:
  • 5 parts Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
    1 part sweet vermouth
    Lots of Agnostura Bitters (I like bitters)
    2-4 Marachino cherries
Another good one is what I call my summer Martini:
  • New Amsterdam gin out of the freezer
    splash of dry vermouth
    no garnish
I fill whatever glass I'm using. If I'm gonna have a strong drink I want to feel it.
I'll say. You don't like your liquor diluted by non-liquor. :lol:
True. I want the most bang I can get and still look somewhat refined. That doesn't really matter though when you're drinking a Martini in a tumbler while sitting on the couch in your sweats and a t-shirt after the wife and kids go to bed.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by JimVH » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:32 am

I usually don't mix anything in my booze except ice, but I have learned to enjoy an Old Fashion and it's variations on occasion. A Sloe Gin Fizz has passed my lips a time or two, also, and I found it enjoyable.

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Post by Del » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:33 am

Cleon wrote:
Del wrote:My primary cocktail is a spiced rum & diet cola, with a squeeze of fresh lime. This is what I throw together when most guys are grabbing a beer.

For fancy, I favor the dry gin martini:
New Amsterdam gin
splash of dry vermouth
dash of orange bitters
meaty green olive, and a few extra drops of olive brine

Occasionally, a brandy manhattan:
Korbel brandy
splash of sweet vermouth
generous dash of bitters
maraschino cherry
New Amsterdam gin isn't for everyone because of its extreme citrus notes. I like it, but some would question it. Certainly, A_Morley would.
I enjoy it. Since I make my martini with a dash of orange bitters, the citrus gin is fine. And New Amsterdam is still wonderfully priced.

For extreme juniper kick, I like Boodles best. Better than Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray.

Never, ever attempt to make a martini out of Citadelle Gin. It is a floral & citrus potable, the distilled liquor equivalent of a Lake District tobacco. It sings with a bit of tonic, but it's not what you want in a martini.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by A_Morley » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:36 am

Del wrote:My primary cocktail is a spiced rum & diet cola, with a squeeze of fresh lime. This is what I throw together when most guys are grabbing a beer.
Oh, look. Del drinks like a tasteless, suburbanite, plebeian. I, for one, am shocked. Shocked. Next thing you know he'll be employing yellow smiley faces in place of descriptive verbiage and attaching unnecessary and repeating exclamation points to the sentence fragments that he constantly foists upon people in the guise of moral profundities.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by TNLawPiper » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:48 am

My better half and I recently made milk punch to celebrate Christmas. Milk punch is a New Orleans staple dating back to the Colonies. It resembles eggnog, but it contains no egg, and it's easier to drink. Like eggnog, it's easy to find yourself a few glasses deep before the wrapping paper is cleaned up, which, when mixed with a Christmas turkey or roast, is enough to bring on a midday nap.

We used this recipe: http://gardenandgun.com/article/holiday-milk-punch

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Post by Cleon » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:54 am

Del wrote:
Cleon wrote:
Del wrote:My primary cocktail is a spiced rum & diet cola, with a squeeze of fresh lime. This is what I throw together when most guys are grabbing a beer.

For fancy, I favor the dry gin martini:
New Amsterdam gin
splash of dry vermouth
dash of orange bitters
meaty green olive, and a few extra drops of olive brine

Occasionally, a brandy manhattan:
Korbel brandy
splash of sweet vermouth
generous dash of bitters
maraschino cherry
New Amsterdam gin isn't for everyone because of its extreme citrus notes. I like it, but some would question it. Certainly, A_Morley would.
I enjoy it. Since I make my martini with a dash of orange bitters, the citrus gin is fine. And New Amsterdam is still wonderfully priced.

For extreme juniper kick, I like Boodles best. Better than Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray.

Never, ever attempt to make a martini out of Citadelle Gin. It is a floral & citrus potable, the distilled liquor equivalent of a Lake District tobacco. It sings with a bit of tonic, but it's not what you want in a martini.
Intriguing. I like floral and citrus notes. Now I HAVE TO go find some Citadelle. I'll drink the first bottle straight so I can get to know it better.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Joshoowah » Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:13 pm

A favorite:

A nice whiskey or whisky (nothing too expensive though) with a splash of coke. That's about as crazy as I get.
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Post by Del » Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:33 pm

A_Morley wrote:
Del wrote:My primary cocktail is a spiced rum & diet cola, with a squeeze of fresh lime. This is what I throw together when most guys are grabbing a beer.
Oh, look. Del drinks like a tasteless, suburbanite, plebeian. I, for one, am shocked. Shocked. Next thing you know he'll be employing yellow smiley faces in place of descriptive verbiage and attaching unnecessary and repeating exclamation points to the sentence fragments that he constantly foists upon people in the guise of moral profundities.

Rum!!!!! :joy:


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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Pepik » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:46 pm

Wholly dependent on what's-for-dinner:
  • Vodka Martinis with a good hit of Vermouth and blue-cheese olive for Italian
  • Old Fashioneds with a Supper-club meal (usually in Wisconsin, but also at the Florida-style Supper Clubs)
  • Perfect Manhattans with Steak
  • Rye Sazeracs with ... whatever hits my whim to have one really
  • If there's something with lots of warming spices from a Mixologist - I'll give it a try (there's a local New American-style cuisine restaurant that serves a really tasty "Bah Humbug" around this time of year)
  • Caipirinha when having Churrasca
Otherwise Vodka Gimlets, Gin and tonic/Ginn-N-Tonix, oh and Negronis make me angry - and therefore I avoid them now.


That being said - Single Malts (or blends in a pinch), Whiskeys, Bourbons, or decent Rums neat or on a rock makes eminent sense at times.
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Post by hugodrax » Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:04 pm

Pepik wrote:Wholly dependent on what's-for-dinner:
  • Vodka Martinis with a good hit of Vermouth and blue-cheese olive for Italian
  • Old Fashioneds with a Supper-club meal (usually in Wisconsin, but also at the Florida-style Supper Clubs)
  • Perfect Manhattans with Steak
  • Rye Sazeracs with ... whatever hits my whim to have one really
  • If there's something with lots of warming spices from a Mixologist - I'll give it a try (there's a local New American-style cuisine restaurant that serves a really tasty "Bah Humbug" around this time of year)
  • Caipirinha when having Churrasca
Otherwise Vodka Gimlets, Gin and tonic/Ginn-N-Tonix, oh and Negronis make me angry - and therefore I avoid them now.

That being said - Single Malts (or blends in a pinch), Whiskeys, Bourbons, or decent Rums neat or on a rock makes eminent sense at times.
That is the list of an organized man. Excellent. I prefer my martinis and gimlets with gin (vodka is a dangerous commie drink), prefer a Tom and Jerry to a Bah Humbug, but otherwise have absolutely no quibbles with this list. I like a serious drinker. Note that I didn't say serious drunk.

I subscribe to the bourbon Manhattan. This is because of a bad experience with a bottle of George Dickle rye. There was a lot of anger in that bottle and I felt I understood Tennessee a little better the next morning: sweet upon first experience, followed by a most enjoyable spice, then hatred for everything unfamiliar followed by the bitter taste of regret.
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Post by Pepik » Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:30 pm

It's more of a case of me observing my behaviours over the last two decades. I used to be a bartender in a "past life" which led me to these selections
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