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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post

You should try a cocktail called The Laphroaig Project if you get a chance.

That looks very interesting.

Not going to go buy all those ingredients, but I'd love to find a place that could make me one.
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Icy limoncello on the balcony. Still in high 20s .

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Icy limoncello on the balcony. Still in high 20s .

High 20s? Such a tough life. Most of this week has been 35C ish (and humid) here on the east coast of the US. 31C right now, finally cooling off. I would kill for high 20s.
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Seriously. 20s is light-sweater weather at this point.
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Actually, I've got the "recommendation" from you.
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For the Yellow, I go with the Widow's Kiss:
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It's a killer. It's insane. It's wrong in every imaginable way. You know, you know, that it's wrong....and yet. The moment it touches your tongue, oh! so sweet, and then! You are a baby again, what is that memory? Applesauce....yes, applesauce, warm with cinnamon, nutmeg and spices. It lulls... you... away, away to some other place where you just. don't. care....and then.... its violence rips you out of that world with a flavor so herbal and green that it wipes you of everything you'd ever felt before. Then it's gone. Leaving you confused but intoxicated by the memory alone. You thought you knew what you were doing. But no, you were wrong; quite wrong. But it knew. It knew. Cocktails, like music and all the experiences of life, have a certain harmony to them. We learn through failure and ecstasy that there are....rules, if you will... that serve, by and large, to protect us from the discordant notes of the less pleasant experiences. There are things that should be done, and those that should not. But as in life those rules are somewhat...conservative, sometimes just a little too safe. Breaking them in just the right circumstances can be something of revelatory experience. And so it is with The Widow's Kiss. It is the breaking of all the rules. One powerful spirit with two incredibly sweet and complex liqueurs and a dash of bitters. You just don't do that. The base is Calvados -- that rare, ancient, and rather wild apple brandy of Normandy, which achieves such character as it rests in barrels of beautiful Limousin oak. The two liqueurs are added. The first, Benedictine, the slightly herbal and very spicy liqueur of the Benedictine monks. It was developed in the 16th Century and every bottle is consecrated to "Deo Optimo Maximo" -- the best and greatest God. To taste Benedictine is to know that the monks are, indeed, doing God's work. Monks of the Carpathian order provide the second liqueur: Yellow Chartreuse. Yellow Chartreuse, apart from being incredibly sweet is violently vegetal -- the only more herbal liqueur is it's older companion Green Chartreuse (for which the color was named). To mix it with Benedctine is to me almost unthinkable-- the spiciness and warmth of Benedictine meeting the herbal, and cold vegetal edge of Chartreuse. But it doesn't stop there, no, several drops of bitters are the final touch. Bitters are an incredibly important component of any drink that calls for them, and here they add that warmth and cinnamon to the apple of the Calvados. I'd never mix these together. Calvados is too subtle and too fruity for the two liqueurs, and the liqueurs themselves are too complex, too sweet, and far too forthright to work together. And yet. Sometimes... the rules are wrong. I recommend that you never, ever try the Widow's Kiss, but I hope that you do.

~ H

I've had it just once a while ago and rememberred liking it. That it "shouldn't" work seems the only logical assumption though, I agree. Guess I'll skip on the yellow then for now and maybe get the 1605 or M.O.F. Cuvée instead.


Had a Ramos Fizz today. And tried the Cruzan Black Strap in a Dark & Stormy. Sadly, it doesn't work for me. I hate the liquorice/malt notes it adds to the drink. Will have to stick with Gosling's.

Yesterday, Ranglum and The Last Word. And a few longdrinks.

 

Sorry, I am unclear if I have been unclear, and iPad autocomplete has not helped. For the Widow's Kiss, I only like the yellow Chartreuse. I remain jealous of variants you can get across the pond.

 

With certain cocktails, once I settle in on a spirit that makes it perfect for me, I write it in my book and then stay there unless I have a strong reason to change. The process takes quite a long time, generally. I settled on Gosling's for the Dark'n'Stormy and that's where it is at for me.

 

 

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What is charcoal filtered Campari?

They soak all natural lump charcoal in Campari for ten days and then filter it out. It gives the drink a wonderfully smokey flavor.
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post

You should try a cocktail called The Laphroaig Project if you get a chance.

This sounds excellent. I'll have to see if I can find a place that can make it for me as I lack the requisite Chartreuses.

 

The charcoal thing sounds weird to me, honestly.

 

As for the Laphroaig Project, that sounds excellent. Another similar cocktail is the Smoke'n'Chartreuse. I was given the recipe by a friend, and do not know if I am at liberty to provide it, but I will inquire. It's another awesome combo of Chartruese and Laphroaig.

 

 

~ H

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Mid 20s, high 20s at the moment. Low 30s sometime next week.

Lots of drinks the past two days.

A few Mojitos.
A few Dark & Stormies.
A Cube Libre.

Sipsmith Summer Cup & Fever-Tree Ginger Ale (and strawberries, orange, cucumber, mint). Pretty darn good. Way more interesting than Pimm's #1. Less sweet. Less fruity. More black tea-y. Verbena. More dark. More interesting. Unfortunately, also way more expensive.

A few Ranglums. Such a good drink.

And a few bottles of wine. Sicilian red, Tuscanian red, Piemontian (sp?) white. For deets, see wine threak (will post later on).
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Oh, and San Pellegrino Pompelmo(nata?). Somewhat new, I think. Also very good. If anything, a tad too sweet.
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Actually, I've got the "recommendation" from you.
I've had it just once a while ago and rememberred liking it. That it "shouldn't" work seems the only logical assumption though, I agree. Guess I'll skip on the yellow then for now and maybe get the 1605 or M.O.F. Cuvée instead.


Had a Ramos Fizz today. And tried the Cruzan Black Strap in a Dark & Stormy. Sadly, it doesn't work for me. I hate the liquorice/malt notes it adds to the drink. Will have to stick with Gosling's.

Yesterday, Ranglum and The Last Word. And a few longdrinks.

If you're looking for a drink with yellow chartreuse I'd recommend the champs elysees.

I tried that espresso with tonic water. Did not like it at all. Really gross finish
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I tried that espresso with tonic water. Did not like it at all. Really gross finish
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I like it!
post #12505 of 14422
Campari & soda right now
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Sierra Nevada
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Been on a Chartreuse rampage recently.

Last Word (several)
Last Word with pisco instead of gin (currently drinking)
Widow's Kiss
Chartreuse and soda


Also had about five margaritas while at a cookout yesterday. I think they forgot to add the tequila, because I felt literally nothing from the ~30 oz of margaritas I consumed. And Piob I am not, so I should have felt something.
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I love Last Words. Wish Chartreuse wasn't so damn pricey!
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Been on a Chartreuse rampage recently.

Last Word (several)
Last Word with pisco instead of gin (currently drinking)
Widow's Kiss
Chartreuse and soda


Also had about five margaritas while at a cookout yesterday. I think they forgot to add the tequila, because I felt literally nothing from the ~30 oz of margaritas I consumed. And Piob I am not, so I should have felt something.

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If you're on a Chartreuse jag try a Bijou
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I love Last Words. Wish Chartreuse wasn't so damn pricey!

I know. I'm seriously intrigued by the idea of doing a barrel aged Last Word but dumping ~$100 of booze into a 2L cask without really knowing if it'll come out better leaves me jittery.

That Laphroaig Project cocktail requires like $200 of different booze to make, depending on what kind of maraschino you use lol8[1].gif Good if you have everything lying around, but only a serious cocktail junkie has yellow and green Chartreuse available.
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If you're on a Chartreuse jag try a Bijou

I'm on it!

edit: reporting back in with results. A successful venture, although I think I'd use a different gin next time. Used Dry Fly, which is a bit of an odd gin. I think a more conventionally botanical species would work better.
Edited by Gibonius - 7/21/13 at 6:55pm
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