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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:28 pm

A good bloody Mary is an excellent beginning to the week end. Just don't forget the horse radish!
A French 75 is another storied cocktail----Champagne and Cognac served in a military canteen.
A high end Italian grill just opened in my town featuring a cocktail menu with several variations of Negronis. I believe this calls for a field trip!

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Del » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:14 pm

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Del wrote:
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I am enjoying a generous measure of McClelland's Islay single-malt scotch over a selection of fine ice cubes.
To be honest, McClelland's islay isn't a great whisky. It's cheap and it's tolerable, but that's about it.

On the other hand, there aren't many cocktail recipes featuring scotch, and especially the smokey islay. These are on my list to try:

The Smokey Carburetor
1 oz  Islay Scotch
1 oz  Gin
3/4  oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz Triple Sec (optional) [recipe note: a splash sweet orange, to cut the smoke]
1 dash orange bitters
Stir in mixing glass with ice
Strain and serve
Okay... this is surprisingly drinkable. Sweet, with a smokey finish.

The triple sec is absolutely necessary.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Goose55 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:16 pm

Lately enjoyed some Whisky Sours Skip turned me onto. I'm making mine on the sour side with 1 part syrup, 2 parts lime juice, an 3 parts Canadian Blended Whiskey, on the rocks. Very refreshing and I get a bUzZ.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by StoicDetective » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:26 pm

Dry Gin Martini
4.5oz New Amsterdam gin
.75oz Martini Rossi dry vermouth
2 olives


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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Cleon » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:51 pm

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Dry Gin Martini
4.5oz New Amsterdam gin
.75oz Martini Rossi dry vermouth
2 olives


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That New Amsterdam gin is great. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but in the summer I like to put it in the freezer for a cold straight pour.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:57 pm

Doudou Shots Armenian style
3/4 shot vodka 1/4 shot fresh lemon squeezed 2-3 drops Tabasco® sauce 1 green pitted olive salt & pepper
Pour the tequila in a shot glass. Add lemon juice and 2 or 3 drops of Tabasco sauce.
Dash of salt & pepper.
Garnish with olive.
Lebanese style omits the salt & pepper and may substitute white tequila for vodka.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:12 pm

Recipes for three storied cocktails served at the Tenaya Lodge Jackalope Bar in Fish Camp, CA, just outside the south gate to Yosemite National Park.
FWIW, the Tenaya Lodge is operated by the former Yosemite Concessionaire, Delaware North.
These cocktail recipes are so good that family and friends make the 50 mile pilgrimage just to indulge on special occasions.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/18/ ... cocktails/

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:37 pm

Negroni on ice
1 oz Dry Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange peel

Combine the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice; stir to combine, twist a thin piece of orange peel over the drink for aromatics and use the twist as a garnish.
This is The Bomb on hot summer nights. It is also served straight up but ice ramps up the refreshment value IMHO.
This is the classic Negroni, invented in the Hotel Baglioni in Florence, Italy sometime in the 1920s. There are other variation.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:07 pm

Kir

Chablis
Crème de Cassis
Aperitif glass ware and an appropriate size glass pitcher

Here's another hot weather cocktail. I serve this to dinner guests when it's over 100 degrees so I make a large amount, but one or maybe two small glasses per guest is all anyone would care to drink----it is very refreshing, but sweet.
This is a before dinner drink

Put glass ware in the freezer to frost
Pour a bottle, or half bottle of Chablis into a glass pitcher
Add Crème de Cassis until the wine turns the color of strawberry Kool-aid
Chill in the fridge until ice cold
Pour into the frosty glasses and serve

There are variations--
Substitute Champage for Chablis for Kir Royal (serve in a Champagne flute)
Champagne and raspberry liquor instead of Crème de Cassis for Kir Imperial
Breton cider for Chablis for Kir Breton
Or make up your own!

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Gabriel » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:09 pm

Del wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:14 pm
Del wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:12 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:35 pm
I am enjoying a generous measure of McClelland's Islay single-malt scotch over a selection of fine ice cubes.
To be honest, McClelland's islay isn't a great whisky. It's cheap and it's tolerable, but that's about it.

On the other hand, there aren't many cocktail recipes featuring scotch, and especially the smokey islay. These are on my list to try:

The Smokey Carburetor
1 oz  Islay Scotch
1 oz  Gin
3/4  oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz Triple Sec (optional) [recipe note: a splash sweet orange, to cut the smoke]
1 dash orange bitters
Stir in mixing glass with ice
Strain and serve
Okay... this is surprisingly drinkable. Sweet, with a smokey finish.

The triple sec is absolutely necessary.
Mrs Gabriel stole some of my JW Double Black the other night and made a makeshift Old Fashioned. I wanted to be upset at this misuse of my scotch, but it was surprisingly good.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by UncleBob » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:30 pm

Ten Ultra Cool Mid-Century Household Cocktail Mini Bars

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by JimVH » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:59 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:30 pm
Ten Ultra Cool Mid-Century Household Cocktail Mini Bars

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I sent this article to Mrs. UB. That was a mistake.
Some of those were pretty sweet.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Del » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:37 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:09 pm
Del wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:14 pm
Del wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:12 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:35 pm
I am enjoying a generous measure of McClelland's Islay single-malt scotch over a selection of fine ice cubes.
To be honest, McClelland's islay isn't a great whisky. It's cheap and it's tolerable, but that's about it.

On the other hand, there aren't many cocktail recipes featuring scotch, and especially the smokey islay. These are on my list to try:

The Smokey Carburetor
1 oz  Islay Scotch
1 oz  Gin
3/4  oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz Triple Sec (optional) [recipe note: a splash sweet orange, to cut the smoke]
1 dash orange bitters
Stir in mixing glass with ice
Strain and serve
Okay... this is surprisingly drinkable. Sweet, with a smokey finish.

The triple sec is absolutely necessary.
Mrs Gabriel stole some of my JW Double Black the other night and made a makeshift Old Fashioned. I wanted to be upset at this misuse of my scotch, but it was surprisingly good.
Those fine, expensive liquors are for collecting and savoring.

But there is something to be enjoyed in cocktails made from affordable and tolerable drinkable bottles that you can pick up at your local store.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by ReverendThom » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:25 pm

I had a Jack and ginger. Premixed in a can. No comment.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:58 am

When I was cycling through Signal Officer Basic at Ft. Gordon GA, the Florida National Guard came aboard for some summer maneuvers.
Before they were scheduled to arrive, some trucks unloaded huge inventory of canned Jim Beam and Coke at the Class 6. That was the first, and last time I ever saw such a thing.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by StoicDetective » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:25 pm

Whatever this is:
1 measure scotch (Famous Grouse)
1 measure Kahlua
1 measure half & half
w/ a touch of black coffee from this morning from the french press.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by winter_hunt » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:59 pm

Del wrote:
Del wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:12 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:35 pm
I am enjoying a generous measure of McClelland's Islay single-malt scotch over a selection of fine ice cubes.
To be honest, McClelland's islay isn't a great whisky. It's cheap and it's tolerable, but that's about it.

On the other hand, there aren't many cocktail recipes featuring scotch, and especially the smokey islay. These are on my list to try:

The Smokey Carburetor
1 oz  Islay Scotch
1 oz  Gin
3/4  oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz Triple Sec (optional) [recipe note: a splash sweet orange, to cut the smoke]
1 dash orange bitters
Stir in mixing glass with ice
Strain and serve
Okay... this is surprisingly drinkable. Sweet, with a smokey finish.

The triple sec is absolutely necessary.
I've gotta spend more time here; wish I read that before I went out and bought a McLellands a few weeks back. I've had some decent cheap single malts for a few bucks more, but this one is definitely lacking something....
I saw a sale on Auchentoshan - anyone tried it? Is it an Islay, or Highlands?

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:24 pm

For Scotch I'll go with Glenfarclas
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Del » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:09 pm

winter_hunt wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:59 pm
Del wrote:
Del wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:12 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:35 pm
I am enjoying a generous measure of McClelland's Islay single-malt scotch over a selection of fine ice cubes.
To be honest, McClelland's islay isn't a great whisky. It's cheap and it's tolerable, but that's about it.

On the other hand, there aren't many cocktail recipes featuring scotch, and especially the smokey islay. These are on my list to try:

The Smokey Carburetor
1 oz  Islay Scotch
1 oz  Gin
3/4  oz sweet vermouth
1/4 oz Triple Sec (optional) [recipe note: a splash sweet orange, to cut the smoke]
1 dash orange bitters
Stir in mixing glass with ice
Strain and serve
Okay... this is surprisingly drinkable. Sweet, with a smokey finish.

The triple sec is absolutely necessary.
I've gotta spend more time here; wish I read that before I went out and bought a McLellands a few weeks back. I've had some decent cheap single malts for a few bucks more, but this one is definitely lacking something....
I saw a sale on Auchentoshan - anyone tried it? Is it an Islay, or Highlands?

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It's a lowland Scotch.... LINK
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Goose55 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:37 am

Last evening, Dewars Scotch on the rocks with a big bowl of McCl Aurora.

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