What are you drinking right now? - Page 770
Had a Vieux Carre and a Delicious Sour today. The latter is applejack, peach brandy, juice of one lime, sugar to taste, and an egg white with a splash of soda. Tasty.
What vermouth do you use for your Vieux? I'm working on a bottle of Noilly Prat and it's a nice step up from the Martini and Rossi I used to get. Tempted to try Carpano Antica but it's a little spendy for vermouth.
Yeah, Carpano is expensive, and its a full liter, which is a pain to use up, even though I am happy to drink that stuff straight.
The Vieux Carre, is in my top three drinks, I suppose, and I use my very favorite sweet vermouth in it, Cocchi Vermouth del Torino. http://www.cocchi.it/eng/vermouth_torino.htm It's like $25/750ml. Have you had Carpano? It is very much like it, but with the vanillla toned down a bit and to my taste it completely lacks the bit of mentholy-ness I detect and have over time come to not really love in Carpano (same flavor that I do not enjoy in Fernet and Luxardo's Bitter).
I haven't had NP in a long time. If I had my druthers, I would have all that I needed in rossos by stocking Cocchi, Vya Sweet and Lillet Rouge -- but they are all very hard for me to find. I actually think that M&R is pretty solid in many drinks, and makes a very decent Negroni -- the earthiness of Cocchi or Carpano does not match as well. Petrucchi is also very decent and like $20/750ml if you can find it.
Also cross-tested different ginger beers in Dark & Stormys. Thomas Henry's, Fever-Tree's and Fentiman's.
Neat, Thomas Henry's is very sweet. The ginger dominates in the aftertaste with moderate hotness. Fever-Tree's has a pronounced ginger taste in the body, a hot aftertaste. Fentiman's is a little odd as it tastes very differently -- probably due to the fermentation. It has a herbal ale-like quality.
Neat, I preferred Fever-Tree's. Thomas Henry's ranked second, Fentiman's last.
In Dark & Stormies, Thomas Henry's ginger beer was very well balanced. The sweetness wasn't unpleasant anymore. The ginger was present, the spicyness balanced. Fever-Tree's had a distinct ginger taste and quite some hotness. Fentiman's resulted in a very tart, rough, ginger-y Dark & Stormy.
I preferred Thomas Henry's and Fever-Tree's. I didn't have a favorite as I think it depends on my mood -- either I want a moderately spicy, ginger-y Dark & Stormy (in which case I would choose Thomas Henry's ginger beer) or a Dark & Stormy that's more on the ginger/spicy side (thus Fever-Tree's). Fentiman's was a little odd.
Also tried a "Remember the Maine."
2 oz rye
3/4 sweet vermouth
2 tsp cherry brandy
Very interesting. I really like the cherry note along with the anise, but I've been on a cherry-brandy kick this week.
Those are the proportions of spirits I use. Bitters, amount and type, are personal preference. I've been enjoying a dash of Boker's and a dash of Whiskey Barrel-Aged.