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Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:57 pm
by Hovannes
Historically, cocktails were concoctions to make lousy booze more palatable. But cocktails can be fun diversions. I admit to having cultivated a taste for Kir and will often keep a carafe in the fridge for hot summer days.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:19 pm
by LoneWolf
Gin and tonic. Simple, refreshing, the perfect go-to drink. And if you're stuck inside for some reason, a good way to enjoy the northwoods, since it kind of tastes like pine trees.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:22 pm
by Pepik
LoneWolf wrote:Gin and tonic. Simple, refreshing, the perfect go-to drink. And if you're stuck inside for some reason, a good way to enjoy the northwoods, since it kind of tastes like pine trees.
Agree. However, in the Northwoods isn't the Brandy Old Fashioned the rule-of-the-day? It was implied that this particular cocktail is mandated by State Law...

;)

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:27 pm
by LoneWolf
Pepik wrote:
LoneWolf wrote:Gin and tonic. Simple, refreshing, the perfect go-to drink. And if you're stuck inside for some reason, a good way to enjoy the northwoods, since it kind of tastes like pine trees.
Agree. However, in the Northwoods isn't the Brandy Old Fashioned the rule-of-the-day? It was implied that this particular cocktail is mandated by State Law...

;)

True that, and well caught. But there's no reason you can't have one of each.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:21 pm
by Pepik
LoneWolf wrote:
Pepik wrote:
LoneWolf wrote:Gin and tonic. Simple, refreshing, the perfect go-to drink. And if you're stuck inside for some reason, a good way to enjoy the northwoods, since it kind of tastes like pine trees.
Agree. However, in the Northwoods isn't the Brandy Old Fashioned the rule-of-the-day? It was implied that this particular cocktail is mandated by State Law...

;)

True that, and well caught. But there's no reason you can't have one of each.
I like where your head is at on this

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:24 pm
by LoneWolf
Pepik wrote:
LoneWolf wrote:
Pepik wrote:
LoneWolf wrote:Gin and tonic. Simple, refreshing, the perfect go-to drink. And if you're stuck inside for some reason, a good way to enjoy the northwoods, since it kind of tastes like pine trees.
Agree. However, in the Northwoods isn't the Brandy Old Fashioned the rule-of-the-day? It was implied that this particular cocktail is mandated by State Law...

;)

True that, and well caught. But there's no reason you can't have one of each.
I like where your head is at on this

We are created with two hands, are we not?

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:34 pm
by coco
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster:

Take the juice from one bottle of Ol' Janx Spirit. Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V — Oh, that Santraginean seawater! Oh, those Santraginean fish! Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost). Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it, in memory of all those happy hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia. Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qualactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heady odours of the dark Qualactin Zones, subtle, sweet and mystic. Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian Suns deep into the heart of the drink.
Sprinkle Zamphuor. Add an olive. Drink... but... very carefully... (Recipe by Z.B.)

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:37 pm
by Hovannes
I'm considering having a cocktail. Right now.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:54 pm
by jdavis2809
I must try this gin you speak of.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:12 pm
by Del
jdavis2809 wrote:I must try this gin you speak of.
New Amsterdam Gin, of premium quality and affordable price, is available everywhere. It is a grocery store brand.

Good stuff, if Morley approves. Even better, if he does not.

Don't take up the vodka by mistake.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:16 pm
by hugodrax
Have you gotten too good for Plymouth? Also, Gordons. That is all.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:21 pm
by jdavis2809
hugodrax wrote:Have you gotten too good for Plymouth? Also, Gordons. That is all.
I enjoy Gordon's vodka, but haven't tried the gin.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:22 pm
by jdavis2809
Del wrote:
jdavis2809 wrote:I must try this gin you speak of.
New Amsterdam Gin, of premium quality and affordable price, is available everywhere. It is a grocery store brand.

Good stuff, if Morley approves. Even better, if he does not.

Don't take up the vodka by mistake.
Already looked online, my store carries it. Yay!

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:42 pm
by Del
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.
Pepik wrote: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
That explains it....

I figured that a guy had to be lost in the heart of Wisconsin to discover the Perfect Brandy Manhattan.

Since a lotta guys have never been to the up nort'woods, I will explain:

A brandy manhattan is normally made with sweet vermouth & brandy, with a cherry and a dash of bitters, in proportions similar to a vodka or gin martini made with dry vermouth.

A "perfect manhattan" is made with a pre-mix of sweet and dry vermouth, favoring more dry vermouth. Dash of bitters, and the garnish is something less sweet than a cherry: an olive, or pickled mushroom, etc.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:15 pm
by TNLawPiper
hugodrax wrote:Have you gotten too good for Plymouth? Also, Gordons. That is all.
Plymouth is all-damn-right to me, but I don't know nothing 'bout no Gordons.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:22 pm
by hugodrax
TNLawPiper wrote:
hugodrax wrote:Have you gotten too good for Plymouth? Also, Gordons. That is all.
Plymouth is all-damn-right to me, but I don't know nothing 'bout no Gordons.
Try a bottle. Won't break the bank. Heck, might have to give you mine.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:37 pm
by Hovannes
Plymouth changed after they took the sailor off the label :(
Oso Negro however, is still a most excellent gin! :D
If you know anyone stationed at my old stomping grounds, Ft Huachuca, they can bring a bottle across the border for you.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:23 pm
by jdavis2809
Just picked up a bottle of New Amsterdam. Going to try my first gin and tonic after dinner tonight.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:01 pm
by Del
I have a large martini glass, and I'm gonna fill it up right now.

Re: Cocktail Hour

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:13 pm
by JudgeRusty
Cabinet very low.

Found a recipe for ingredients on hand.

a "Deanne"

2 part Vodka
1 part Triple Sec
1 part Sweet Vermouth

Not bad, sweet but not girly sweet.