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2 basil hydens
1 allspice liqueur
1 cynar
4 drops cranberry bitter
Lemon twist

Serve in a whale's anus.
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I am enjoying my cocktail. A lot. I think I am going to call it the Vernal Equinox. The pic is an old one; I've been working on this cocktail for a while. Tonight it is Petruchi Spanish Vermouth in place of Dolin and Cocchi, and really, using Calvados instead of Laird's Bottled in Bond is a BIG difference:

 

1.5 oz. Busnell Vieille Réserve

1.25 oz Petrucchi Sweet Vermouth

0.25 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

one barspoon 1:1 simple

 

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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

Yup, no juice. Like I said, last time I've had it there (couple months) I actually asked the bartender (Mario Kappes) whether they use juice -- he declined. A couple weeks ago I've read a blog post from Jeffrey Morgenthaler about his visit at Le Lion, back in 2008, where he had the Blood & Sand, made by Mario Kappes, with OJ. So yeah, a little weird, and I agree with you that the lack of OJ makes it a different drink, since it's a classic cocktail. Jeffrey Morgenthaler's Amaretto Sour on the other hand, that includes bourbon, which many people find offending and think shouldn't be called an Amaretto Sour anymore, is legit imo, and I enjoy the SmallScreenNetwork video he released about it (and the people's rants).
Pegu Club. I like it quite a bit.

 

I think the Pegu Club is a great, great cocktail. I'm glad that you enjoy it.

 

I read Morgenthaler's post about the Blood and Sand, too. I am totally perplexed, so I look forward to when you return home and to Le Lion so that we can gain a better understanding. I also don't have any particular rancor about Morgenthaler's Amaretto Sour; his alteration doesn't alter the fundamental nature of the drink. I think mine is better, but that's just preference. I note in his video that he thought it would be great with George T. Stagg (and its astonishingly high proof), so I will try that sometime since I have a bottle of Stagg and it will only take a little bit.

 

 

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What brand makes a good grocery store (RE: not Whole Foods) brand of ginger ale? Are the only options Schwepps and Canada Dry?

 

None of the major brands are better than Canada Dry; if you see a small brand, try it. I think that's the best we can do unless you have a list of what your grocery stores carry. Some stores have a few more cocktailian ingredients wherever they have the sour mix. That's how I first discovered Fever Tree.

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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Huntsman, I had a friend over who wanted to taste test some everyday drinks, so it was the 1990 Tesseron and the young Fillioux. The Fillioux was great, the Tesseron did not offer much interest. I have ordered a bottle of Camus VSOP to compare as well.

The 53 is well reviewed, but I have nt had it.

 

Excellent. That's nice; my life is such that most of my friends are far from where I live, so I can't share my bar with them; my local friends aren't into spirits (except my boss, and that's a whole different ballgame), so I don't really get to share my bar with anyone but my father and gf. It's a little sad for me.

 

~ H

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Huntsman, mind sharing your recipe for a French 75?
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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post

I think mine is better, but that's just preference.

~ H
Well, now I've got to try it -- recipe? wink.gif
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I received a gift of a tray that makes large balls of ice. Perfect for a bourbon. Check these out guys.


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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post

None of the major brands are better than Canada Dry; if you see a small brand, try it. I think that's the best we can do unless you have a list of what your grocery stores carry. Some stores have a few more cocktailian ingredients wherever they have the sour mix. That's how I first discovered Fever Tree.

That's what I've basically come up with but I thought I'd throw it out there to see if anyone had a difference of opinion.
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Huntsman, mind sharing your recipe for a French 75?

Try Arnaud's recipe:
http://www.gonola.com/2010/12/29/new-years-eve-new-orleans-drink-recipes-french-75.html
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I received a gift of a tray that makes large balls of ice. Perfect for a bourbon. Check these out guys.


Those things are great.
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my modest home bar. very bourbon-centric with a few excellent bottles (i'm a bourbon snob)

 

 

 

 

 

 

pictured:

 

Bourbon-

4 roses limited edition small batch 2012 (won pretty much every american whiskey award last year)

4 roses limited edition small batch 2011

Booker's

angel's envy

W.L. Weller 12 year (this and the Elijah Craig 12 are arguable the best budget bourbon/everyday pours you can buy)

Elijah Craig 12 year

knob creek single barrel

not pictured- 2 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle 15 year

 

Gin-

hendrick's

tanqueray

 

Vodka-

tito's (anything better is really just wasted on me)

 

Rum-

bacardi light (same as tito's, anything better is wasted on me)

 

whisky-

canadian club


Edited by omgmarclol - 2/18/13 at 4:11pm
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I love a French 75, however I prefer the "Brooklyn Beauty" http://crepesofwrath.net/2012/02/01/the-brooklyn-beauty/

 

At the moment I am drinking my take on the Vesper Martini.

 

2 oz Stoli Blue Label (100 proof).

3 oz Hendricks Gin

1/4th oz Lillet Blanc

A pinch of quinine powder

 

All of that with a large lemon peel and served ice cold. 

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How do you like the Angel's Envy?

I was impressed with the Four Roses single barrel I tried earlier this year. Great depth of flavor. I haven't tried the limited edition small batch, but the regular small batch was markedly less interesting than the single barrel. I hear the limited edition is much better.
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Thanks, Rambro.

Seems simple enough.
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How do you like the Angel's Envy?

I was impressed with the Four Roses single barrel I tried earlier this year. Great depth of flavor. I haven't tried the limited edition small batch, but the regular small batch was markedly less interesting than the single barrel. I hear the limited edition is much better.

 

angel's envy is interesting, in a good way.  it's a mellow bourbon and very sip-able.  you get the port flavor right away in the nose and in the palate. it really brings out the vanilla, maple and dried fruits.

 

the limited edition small batch four roses are great if you can find them.  they're recently becoming ghost bottles in the same way as the van winkle line and the buffalo trace antique line.  i picked up 2 bottles of the 2012 since it was so good.  the limited edition single barrels are great and i love the fact that four roses has different mash bills and yeast recipes that you can (hopefully) find.

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Thanks, Rambro.

Seems simple enough.

Its a really easy drink to make. Also a hit with women, who will drink just about anything with champagne in it.
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I'm not at all impressed by Angle's Envy. It tastes light and spicy. It lacks the depth of flavor that I like in a bourbon. I prefer Basil Hayden or B&E as a premium bourbon in that price range.

Another thing about Angle's Envy, I dislike the bottle. It looks like it should be a $14.99 bourbon.
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I'm not at all impressed by Angle's Envy. It tastes light and spicy. It lacks the depth of flavor that I like in a bourbon. I prefer Basil Hayden or B&E as a premium bourbon in that price range.

Another thing about Angle's Envy, I dislike the bottle. It looks like it should be a $14.99 bourbon.


i think that's what makes AE interesting.  it's not a traditional bourbon, it's bourbon for non bourbon drinkers. my girlfriend called it a "girl's" bourbon which i think could be a very true statement.  it's light and fruity, and while not bold or rye heavy, it tastes interesting and is very approachable, but i don't think it lacks a depth of flavor at all,  it works a different part of your palate as far the usual bourbons go.  it's too bad the cask strength version wasn't widely released. i think the increased ABV would carry the flavors much better, but i think it's still a very good bourbon.

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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I'm not at all impressed by Angle's Envy. It tastes light and spicy. It lacks the depth of flavor that I like in a bourbon. I prefer Basil Hayden or B&E as a premium bourbon in that price range.

Another thing about Angle's Envy, I dislike the bottle. It looks like it should be a $14.99 bourbon.


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I love Angel's Envy, my favorite bourbon right now. Prefer it to pretty much everything else I've tasted and I have about 18 bourbons at home. Althought just got a bottle of Elmer T lee and I am liking that alot.
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