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I am having a traditional preparation of absinthe, though it's cheaper stuff I usually use dashes of in mixing. On it's own, it's not all that great. Decent, but I really should buy a full size bottle of some better stuff.
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I am having a traditional preparation of absinthe, though it's cheaper stuff I usually use dashes of in mixing. On it's own, it's not all that great. Decent, but I really should buy a full size bottle of some better stuff.

I have a bottle of pastis that gets used for cocktails and I keep debating getting a bottle of absinthe. Never seems to make it to the top of the list.
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. I second the suggestion of trying an Old-Fashioned style cocktail, or a Manhattan as a good segue. For the old-fashioned you need nothing more than a spirit (you can use bourbon, rye, scotch, or brandy -- even gin or tequila), a dash or two of bitters,

For some reason, I've never done that. I should. Time to make a tequila old fashioned, I think. Peychaud's bitters, with a dash of orange, rather than the aromatic, I think.
post #13069 of 13945
Sipping on a Tequila Old Fashioned right now. 2 oz Hornitos Reposado, 1 sugar cube, 2 dashes TBT orange bitters, 1 dash Angostura. Pretty good! An anejo would make this even better, but I didn't want to use 2 oz of my Don Julio anejo for an experiment (I feared the subtle and great flavours of the Don Julio anejo might get overpowered by bitters).

Things I've learned during a few minutes of research that seem interesting:
- Use lime peel (in lieu of orange peel in a bourbon old fashioned, for example).
- Use a dash of Chartreuse Élixir Végétal instead of bitters to highlight the herbal notes of the tequila. I might try this tomorrow.
- Use agave syrup as sweetener -- also very promising! I'm just out of agave syrup so I guess I've got to pick up some tomorrow.
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For Piob. Also my first time out with the Fee Brothers, which is a good addition to my current roster of Angostura, Peychaud's, Bitter Truth Orange.
post #13071 of 13945
Props, Gib, but that's not "my" Wiser's. That's a new addition to the line up from market pressure. You need to find Wiser's Deluxe Canadian Whisky or even better Wiser's Oldest.
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. I second the suggestion of trying an Old-Fashioned style cocktail, or a Manhattan as a good segue. For the old-fashioned you need nothing more than a spirit (you can use bourbon, rye, scotch, or brandy -- even gin or tequila), a dash or two of bitters,

For some reason, I've never done that. I should. Time to make a tequila old fashioned, I think. Peychaud's bitters, with a dash of orange, rather than the aromatic, I think.

 

I really love a Mezcal Old-Fashioned, truth be told. I use orange bitters, a dash of simple syrup, and a lime twist. I still have no tequila in my bar.

 

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I am having a traditional preparation of absinthe, though it's cheaper stuff I usually use dashes of in mixing. On it's own, it's not all that great. Decent, but I really should buy a full size bottle of some better stuff.

I have a bottle of pastis that gets used for cocktails and I keep debating getting a bottle of absinthe. Never seems to make it to the top of the list.

 

 

I used to stock Pernod for my Corpse Revivers, Sazeracs, etc. I moved up to the Kubler Absinthe. I've also tried the Vieux Carre. I prefer the blues (or clear) absinthes to the green. Then I went to Japan and tried all the the Breaux absinthes, which blew me away, and am back to thinking that I should stick either to Pernod as I always did or just stock Kubler and be done with it. Nothing else is really worth the effort here.

 

~ H

post #13073 of 13945
So, I found a bottle of George T. Stagg for MSRP, and picked it up.

I have to say... it really is an excellent bourbon. For $70, I have to say that it was a steal. What an excellent bourbon. It has this creamy taste that I really crave in a bourbon.
post #13074 of 13945
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Props, Gib, but that's not "my" Wiser's. That's a new addition to the line up from market pressure. You need to find Wiser's Deluxe Canadian Whisky or even better Wiser's Oldest.

Well, it's the only Wisers I can get around here, so it's going to have to do.
post #13075 of 13945
My first foray in Armagnac. A Saint Vivant XO to make sure I like the stuff before I step up to the more expensive stuff. Interesting beverage.
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Not that great in a Dark & Stormy. Prefer Fever-Tree's by far.
post #13077 of 13945
So, yeah, Dark & Stormy with Fever-Tree.

Also, a tequila Old Fashioned with 2 oz Hornitos reposado, a dash of Chartreuse V.E., one drop of TBT orange bitters, 1/3 sugar cube and a twist of lime peel. Subtle flavor. Great potential. Try it!
Edited by b1os - 11/18/13 at 4:53pm
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I think the VE with a Reposado is pretty inspired. But, then again, I would think a drop or two of VE with most anything is pretty inspired. I would go for a a Oude Genever if I had some VE.

 

Oh, Alabazam here. With a nice spicy bitters, it puts one in the holiday mood.


~ H

post #13079 of 13945
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Not that great in a Dark & Stormy. Prefer Fever-Tree's by far.

alcoholic ginger beer? interesting!
post #13080 of 13945

Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon

 

3 for $10.00 with a Giant card...

 

Not great, but drinkable and only 12% alcohol...

 

Decent low alcohol reds are hard to find.  Any recommendations?

 

My GF and I have a low tolerance for alcohol, so we enjoy a low alcohol red that allows us to have more than one glass. 

 

Cheers

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