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Re: RE: Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:52 pm

joegoat wrote: Vermouth is a touchy thing. It can be no more than 1 part out of three to suit my tastes. I'm not keen on gin either. The juniper hits me wrong. For me it has to be a super clean vodka and a flamed lemon garnish.
That sir, is a Gibson, not a Martini. You may garnish it any way you prefer (a silver-back onion being traditional) but never with an olive as the olive distinguishes Martinis from other clear spirits on your server's tray.

Ian Fleming's James Bond character appears to have started all this silliness about Vodka Martinis. Such is a Gibson!
Both cocktails are suspected to have been born in or near San Francisco, CA
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/201 ... ional-ties
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http://www.liquor.com/recipes/gibson/
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Re: RE: Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by hugodrax » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:11 pm

Hovannes wrote:
joegoat wrote: Vermouth is a touchy thing. It can be no more than 1 part out of three to suit my tastes. I'm not keen on gin either. The juniper hits me wrong. For me it has to be a super clean vodka and a flamed lemon garnish.
That sir, is a Gibson, not a Martini. You may garnish it any way you prefer (a silver-back onion being traditional) but never with an olive as the olive distinguishes Martinis from other clear spirits on your server's tray.

Ian Fleming's James Bond character appears to have started all this silliness about Vodka Martinis. Such is a Gibson!
Both cocktails are suspected to have been born in or near San Francisco, CA
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/201 ... ional-ties
and
http://www.liquor.com/recipes/gibson/


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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by ReverendThom » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:26 pm

My first ever old fashioned. Not bad. Would be great with some Sunday Picnic, I think.Image

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by JimVH » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:06 pm

I made a Manhattan the other evening, but replaced half the bourbon with WinterJack. It was pretty darned good.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Cleon » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:23 am

I went out to dinner last night with my wife. I was going to have a Martini, but every "Martini" they had listed began with a fruit. I thought about ordering some straight up gin but then I thought they might mess that up too. I ended up settling for a Leffe Brown Ale.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Del » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:16 pm

I have been on a cocktail kick recently.

Somehow, I ended up on the email list of Liquor.com.
https://www.liquor.com

For years, I mixed gin martinis and brandy manhattans for myself.

Recently, I have warmed to the brandy old fashioned.

Latest fancy winter cocktail was this Hot Buttered Rum. After I mixed up the spiced butter and bought some herbal tea, it was pretty easy to do.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Goose55 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:44 pm

Enjoyed some Costco Kirkland Signature Canadian Blended Whisky last evening. Very smooth. I think I'll have some more tonight, with a well rested JoeGoat bent Brandy. Maybe some McCl bulk 2015 Virginia Perique Flake
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by 7formy1911 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:59 pm

Goose55 wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Enjoyed some Costco Kirkland Signature Canadian Blended Whisky last evening. Very smooth. I think I'll have some more tonight, with a well rested JoeGoat bent Brandy. Maybe some McCl bulk 2015 Virginia Perique Flake
That particular blended Canadian Whisky is quite good!
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by StoicDetective » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:27 pm

Kinda like a white Russian ... I guess.
I have no clue what to call it, but I like it.

1 measure scotch (Famous Grouse ...the smokier the better)
1 measure Kahlua
1 measure half and half
Pour each over ice, stir, and drink.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Del » 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.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by StoicDetective » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:43 am

Dry Gin Martini
... yum.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by JudgeRusty » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm

EVERY time I see this thread on the front page, I think it is about Villiger 1888 Cocktail Hour by Stokkebye, but that is my fault.

I have tried to adopt a regular cocktail. It seems an Old Fashioned satisfies consistently when away from home and most bartenders can construct it. I also like a Manhattan sometimes.

The primary issue is that cocktails require keeping extra, often expensive, ingredients on hand. Secondly, the decision to have a drink becomes somewhat of a task. Drinking is already expensive. Adding any hassle should be avoided.

For now, I will stick with cocktails that require 2 or 3 ingredients, including the glass.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by JimVH » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:56 pm

JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm

For now, I will stick with cocktails that require 2 or 3 ingredients, including the glass.
Glass, ice, whiskey.

Your formula appears to be sound.

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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by JudgeRusty » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:00 pm

JimVH wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:56 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm

For now, I will stick with cocktails that require 2 or 3 ingredients, including the glass.
Glass, ice, whiskey.

Your formula appears to be sound.
I generally skip the ice, unless I have chosen poorly with the whiskey or whisky.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Del » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:16 pm

JimVH wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:56 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm

For now, I will stick with cocktails that require 2 or 3 ingredients, including the glass.
Glass, ice, whiskey.

Your formula appears to be sound.
Cocktails should be simple.

But I don't mind collecting a few liqueurs or vermouths or bitters for my favorite cocktails.... I've got an extensive tobacco cellar, right? A bit of a liquor cabinet is not outrageous.

Concocting cocktails is a hobby, like any other. Do it if you like it. Fuhgetaboutit if you don't.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by 7formy1911 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:33 pm

JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:00 pm
JimVH wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:56 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm

For now, I will stick with cocktails that require 2 or 3 ingredients, including the glass.
Glass, ice, whiskey.

Your formula appears to be sound.
I generally skip the ice, unless I have chosen poorly with the whiskey or whisky.
Usually I forget the ice but with a high proof offering, typically Wild Turkey 101, I’ll add a cube or two cut the heat a bit.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Del » 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 Cointreau (optional) [recipe note: a splash of triple sec, to cut the smoke]
1 dash orange bitters
Stir in mixing glass with ice
Strain and serve

ROB ROY
1 3/4 oz Scotch (5 cl, 7/16 gills)
3/4 oz sweet vermouth (2 cl, 3/16 gills)
1 dash orange bitters or Angostura bitters
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:14 pm

Three generous servings of 20 year old Christian Brother's Brandy over last night. Quite smooth.
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by Hovannes » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:19 pm

JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm


For now, I will stick with cocktails that require 2 or 3 ingredients, including the glass.
Cognac ideally should be glass, heat & cognac
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Re: Cocktail Hour

Post by StoicDetective » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:21 pm

Sipping a glass of Blade Runner 2014 Director's Cut (a Johnny Walker limited special edition) .... neat.
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