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Old 03-13-2017, 06:50 AM
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Thanks for the pics! Hope those shelves are sturdy, that's quite a collection...
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:18 AM
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I mean, really you should be using a rye, not a bourbon.
For taste alone I would choose either a rye Sazerac or a bourbon old fashioned, but this is a matter of tradition.

And the Maker's Mark manhattan is a very good drink in its own right - not to throw it under the bus at all. It has never failed me and, God willing, it never will.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:25 AM
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knob creek if you got it, maker's mark if you don't
Literally my only criticism of Knob Creek is that the vanilla and fruit is so good that you forget you're drinking 100-120 proof, and may be tempted to order another. This is always a mistake.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:08 AM
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Since we're all talking Manhattans anyway, what is your preferred ratio? I tend to pour 3:1, any more vermouth and I start to find it too sweet. Sadly, good vermouth is a bit of a unicorn up here, so I have to settle for Martini Rosso. Bitters-wise, I've tried a few different kinds and I'm starting to think my favorite might be good old Angostura Orange. I have the fancy Fee Bros. whiskey barrel aged bitters in my cabinet, but I think I need that hit of spice you get from AO. I should make a Manhattan this week and report back. I'm currently rich in ryes, so I should take advantage of the ridiculous cold weather to drink more of these.
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:33 AM
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Thanks for the pics! Hope those shelves are sturdy, that's quite a collection...
the floating shelves are braced like whoa and rated for 200 lbs each, I believe

as for vermouth, I use Dolin as my go-to, and I'll do a 3-1 or 5:2 ratio. Dolin isn't as sweet as Martini Rosso. My single favorite bitters to use in Manhattans is probably the Xocolatl mole bitters from Bittermens, which just sings against the vermouth.

Mr. LRLR got me 7 new bourbons and ryes last month for our ten year anniversary, and one of them was a dark pumpernickel rye from Middle West Spirits, a distillery up in Columbus. It's branded as OYO. Holy shit, is this amazing neat. I like to add either Meyer lemon bitters or salted cocoa nib bitters to it.
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:59 PM
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3:1 and angostura bitters, on the rocks with a cherry*. Maker's Mark, as discussed, is my usual base. Rittenhouse Rye bottled-in-bond is also good, when I can find it.

*I dig the cheapo neon red ones, but every now and then I get a legit house-macerated cherry and that's good too.
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Old 03-13-2017, 02:26 PM
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I do 2:1 bourbon:Carpano Antiqua, usually with Angostura bitters and a cherry (my wife gave me a very expensive jar of Woodford Reserve cocktail cherries for Christmas and they're godlike).
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Old 03-13-2017, 02:31 PM
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Trying Dry Mead for the first time. The sweet stuff is good, but man are the flavors way more complex in the dry variety.
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Old 03-13-2017, 03:08 PM
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A coworker makes her own bourbon cherries, and it looked super easy, though time consuming to pit them yourself. Get a bunch of bing cherries when they're in season, pit them however you prefer, and toss them in a jar with some star anise, cinnamon sticks, and a bottle of bourbon (she used maker's for the sweetness). Let it sit for a month or so, and done.

I guess brandy is the traditional liquor for these, but I've never been a fan. There's a ton of other recipies, but her simple mixture was amazing.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:25 PM
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Probably not too surprising but damn do scotch and cider make an amazing boilermaker pairing.
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:21 AM
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I like my Manhattans 4:1 with Dolin, a pretty generous helping of regular Angostura bitters (usually 4 dashes) and a Luxardo cherry.
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:00 PM
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My folks came up for the weekend since my birthday was last week and my dad's was this one. We went to Total Wine and the Coffee and Chocolate Festival and oh my god the amount of alcoholic drinks I have had free samples of.

Linton Hill is an excellent gin, and for how smooth and aromatic it is seems to be a pretty good bargain. Arrogante has a honey-infused tequila that is absolutely delightful straight. Locally(ish), the guys at Las Nueve Ninas winery have been doing all sorts of wonderful experimentation with fruits that are, thankfully, pretty dry wines.
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:24 AM
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2016 was the Year of Gin for me. I hereby declare 2017 the Year of the Cocktail.

Gotta clear out some of these gins to make room for liqueurs and cordials first, I guess...
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:28 AM
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Did you ever have Linton Hill on one of your streams, or am I misremembering?
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:29 AM
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2016 was the Year of Gin for me. I hereby declare 2017 the Year of the Cocktail.
Parish's next project, CockTurboGrafx, confirmed!
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:32 AM
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2016 was the Year of Gin for me. I hereby declare 2017 the Year of the Cocktail.

Gotta clear out some of these gins to make room for liqueurs and cordials first, I guess...

Allow me to be your guide!
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:20 PM
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:07 AM
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Old 03-28-2017, 07:48 AM
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My hipster gin cocktail of choice is the Pegu club. I've seen a few different recipes, but I usually go 0.5 oz lime juice, 0.75 oz Cointreau, 1.5oz gin, 1 dash Angostura, 1 dash Angostura Orange. So refreshing!
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:40 AM
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I refuse to use Angostura Orange. They contain the worst, most bottom-shelf-candy-ass artificial orange flavor on the planet, and it ruins any drink you put them in.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:41 AM
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I refuse to use Angostura Orange. They contain the worst, most bottom-shelf-candy-ass artificial orange flavor on the planet, and it ruins any drink you put them in.
Can't say I've ever noticed that. If anything, I get more cardamom from it than orange.
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:30 PM
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Really interesting David Wondrich article on Old Tom Gin and the history of the gin trade in 1800s London.
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Old 03-28-2017, 09:21 PM
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Had some seriously delicious drinks with Raider and a couple out of town friends at a bar in Durham. I took a pic of the menu so I can actually report what they were:

Bracket Buster: Bourbon, Orange Juice, Bonal, Cardamaro, Honey, Peychaud's

Perdido en El Mar: Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Drunken Pineapple, Syrup, Lemon

Both were delightful. The hurricane Raider got was also quite good.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:22 AM
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Does the pineapple sweetness and acid offset the mezcalness?
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Old 03-29-2017, 08:06 AM
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There's a tiki bar in Phoenix called UnderTow. It's located in the oil change pit of an old service station, so the name sort of fits. It's decorated to be like the hold of an old clipper ship, with portholes, ocean soundtrack, and of course tikis.

The menu is amazing. They have one called the Smoking Cannon that has rum, bourbon, sherry, bitters, and cinnamon smoke. Fun to watch them use the smoke gun, plus since the bar is pretty small it gives the whole place a nice smell.



If you want to see the whole menu, click through this Yelp gallery.
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Does the pineapple sweetness and acid offset the mezcalness?
I don't have much experience with mezcal yet but I thought it worked quite well. The end result was both a little smoky and a little sweet which is a fantastic combo for my tastes.
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Old 03-29-2017, 06:51 PM
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Anybody try Henry's hard soda? Some of them aren't bad. I don't like the ginger ale one though.
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Old 03-29-2017, 09:09 PM
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Had some seriously delicious drinks with Raider and a couple out of town friends at a bar in Durham.
An associate of ours also had a "Root Down": Gin, Housemade Beet Syrup, Dry Vermouth, Lemon, and Egg White. Interesting kind of sleeper -- it comes out pink with a foamy top, so from the look you'd easily mistake it for something like a Singapore Sling, but it's dry and earthy. Very interesting.

The Hurricane I had was like the Hurricane equivalent of the five-dollar Pulp Fiction milkshake. The usual Hurricane recipe -- rum, lemon, and passionfruit syrup -- but with good rum and syrup made with actual fruit. if I hadn't had to drive home I would have had a second one and probably a third and been utterly fucked in the shit.
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Angry Orchard has a season flavor for their cider, 'tapped maple'. It's not bad, though I think they could have probably laid off a couple of the spices, which don't quite blend well with the caramel-esque flavor from the maple
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:51 PM
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Angry Orchard has a season flavor for their cider, 'tapped maple'. It's not bad, though I think they could have probably laid off a couple of the spices, which don't quite blend well with the caramel-esque flavor from the maple
*pssst* Don't admit you drink Angry Orchard here, you'll be expelled as a heretic.
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