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post #1591 of 14481
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Originally Posted by Brian278 View Post
Knob Creek sour. Delicious.

You use sour mix or do you make your own using a recipe?
I find mix easier and obviously less time consuming, but I tried it once with a recipe I think I copied off of Huntsman, and it was exponentially better.
post #1592 of 14481
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post
You use sour mix or do you make your own using a recipe? I find mix easier and obviously less time consuming, but I tried it once with a recipe I think I copied off of Huntsman, and it was exponentially better.
I only make my own, bottled sour mix is terrible. Juicing the lemons through a strainer, measuring out that and the simple syrup, and deciding what bourbon to pull from the cabinet (do I "cheap" it with Maker's, or decide between ultimate smoothness in Woodford or more character in Knob Creek?) is a relaxing ritual. I am still too lazy to do the egg white thing, but, someday soon. I've had a Knob Sour at a 5-star resort where they do the egg-white thing, and it indeed takes the cocktail to another level. Whatever Hunstman tells you to do with your cocktail, you do it. Also, love the sig.
post #1593 of 14481
Had a nice crisp Riesling (had a few bottles of that lately) with an aromatic curry, the yellow, non-hot, coconut milk type. A great pairing with the acid cutting right through the richness of the coconut milk.

I have a few more orders already paid for and coming in, but I have to announce I am going on a several month moratorium of wine purchases. We are really, really trying to shovel as much money in the bank as possible and as we tend to spend about $700-1000 a month on wine, a moratorium until fall releases is a no brainer. I'll still be posting pics of my cellar selection, but after my last two orders come in, no more pictures of entire cases until around Xmas
post #1594 of 14481
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Had a nice crisp Riesling (had a few bottles of that lately) with an aromatic curry, the yellow, non-hot, coconut milk type. A great pairing with the acid cutting right through the richness of the coconut milk.

I have a few more orders already paid for and coming in, but I have to announce I am going on a several month moratorium of wine purchases. We are really, really trying to shovel as much money in the bank as possible and as we tend to spend about $700-1000 a month on wine, a moratorium until fall releases is a no brainer. I'll still be posting pics of my cellar selection, but after my last two orders come in, no more pictures of entire cases until around Xmas

Why save $?

I thought you chose not to participate in any kind of recession?
post #1595 of 14481
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post
Why save $?

I thought you chose not to participate in any kind of recession?



It's not the current recession. It's the future tax raises.

(Sadly, I'm not kidding. And if taxes don't go up and I'm wrong? Well, we got a buttload of money in the bank. Win/win! )
post #1596 of 14481
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Originally Posted by Brian278 View Post
I only make my own, bottled sour mix is terrible.

Very true. Making your own sour is as simple as the rest of the cocktail. I use Monin simple syrup, fresh lemons ... sometimes mixing it up with a little lime. I have a hand juicer (a hand held device with convex and concave ends which "invert" and juice half lemons or limes) that makes quick work of this "job."

I juice directly into the glass I'll be drinking, then adjust the syrup to suit my mood, and of course adjust the bourbon (for a whiskey sour).

Lately I've been enjoying Knob Creek, Old Proprietor, and WT Russel's Reserve in my sours. Some gents boo hoo putting anything over $20 a bottle in a cocktail and I boo hoo them for missing out on the effect different spirits have on a judiciously proportioned drink.

I've yet to try the "egg white" thing but will ... perhaps tomorrow afternoon. If I feel truly inspired, I'll fire up a Monte 2 and report back.
post #1597 of 14481
So glad to see more cocktailians embracing the joy that comes from fresh juices. Tonight is not a cocktail night for me. I'm writing tonight and I'm feeling old school. I'm feeling a '30's bar where it's better than if you were family. I'm feeling the dichotomy that is subtlety combined with a sledgehammer. And though I usually eschew it in the warmer months, it's a scotch night. But not a night for a peaty Islay, no, for something lighter and sweeter, for something special -- Glenmorangie's Sauternes finished Nectar D' Or. Even though I'm taking it with ice tonight, it is washing over me in lemon and pineapple and honey and toffee and vanilla. Just perfect for the edge of a spring night.
post #1598 of 14481
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Originally Posted by Girardian View Post
I've yet to try the "egg white" thing but will ... perhaps tomorrow afternoon. If I feel truly inspired, I'll fire up a Monte 2 and report back.

I made whiskey sour last night from the following recipe:

2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz rich simple syrup (a 2:1 ration of raw sugar to water)
1 tsp. egg white

Combine in a shaker without ice and shake to emulsify (because of the egg), add ice and shake vigorously, strain into a rocks or or pisco glass and drink neat.

My take:

I really enjoy the mouthfeel created by the egg. It is a great addition, though probably not for everyone. It takes the drink to a new level and makes more of an evening cocktail and less of a purely light summer drink.

Traditional or not, I think the recipe would benefit from a touch of orange.

I used Woodford as the bourbon (90 proof) and if this were served over ice I would opt for a 100 proof bourbon.
post #1599 of 14481
Girardian, I use orange sometimes, especially in brandy sours, and commonly use 1/4 lime to 3/4 lemon in whatever amount is appropriate in gin or vodka sours. Do you use fresh egg? I've taken to using pasteurized whites -- it isn't quite as good but very close and saves me from worrying. Tonight I've crossed to the dark side. But it's a beautiful chocolate-amber dark side, and this is a truly stunning beer.
post #1600 of 14481
Magic Hat Hocus Pocus


I was going to just randomly pick something off the single beer wall but noticed this was being put on the shelf for the first time this year (seasonal) so I had to snag a 6 pack.
post #1601 of 14481
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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post
Girardian ... Do you use fresh egg? I've taken to using pasteurized whites -- it isn't quite as good but very close and saves me from worrying.

I do, but I am particular. The egg I used was purchased at a local farmer's market from the farmer from his cooler of eggs with a "laid" date on it (2 days before I bought the eggs), and it went straight home to my refrigerator. It doesn't get much fresher than that, lest you yourself are a tippling farmer.

On top of that, 1 tsp. of egg combined with citrus and alcohol (both keen on killing salmonellae) makes (in my book) the danger well worth it if you truly start with fresh eggs.

I mixed up the recipe and tried it with Wild Turkey 101 (for a higher proof whiskey) and 1 oz of traditional (white sugar, non rich) simple syrup, and over ice. This was also a winner.
post #1602 of 14481
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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post
... for something lighter and sweeter, for something special -- Glenmorangie's Sauternes finished Nectar D' Or. Even though I'm taking it with ice tonight, it is washing over me in lemon and pineapple and honey and toffee and vanilla. Just perfect for the edge of a spring night.


I have never seen a Sauternes aged Scotch. I shall be looking for this on the weekend!
post #1603 of 14481
Last night i was sucked into $5 all you can drink domestics at this small local bar. I had yuengling light all night. Hopefully, tonight i can talk people into going to the nice beer bar in town so i can indulge in all types of delicious (albeit expensive) beers.
post #1604 of 14481
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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post
Tonight I've crossed to the dark side. But it's a beautiful chocolate-amber dark side, and this is a truly stunning beer.

I'm disappointed that a connoisseur of the booze would drink his Chimay in such a glass.
post #1605 of 14481
<Laughs> I agree. But I know next to nothing about beer; furthermore, I love those glasses. I don't have any beer tulips, but this is something I will rectify.
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