I generally don't make too many true cocktails at home, preferring a lot of ice and water or soda, so I don't have much input regarding shakers and such.
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The vodkas I stock are generally Ketel One or Tito's. Pretty much the same price range afaik, and the best tasting vodkas in my book. I keep a bottle of Ciroc Peach around though, because my girlfriend loves drinking it with sprite.
wrt shakers, I got my girlfriend the Alessi bar gift set, which included a jigger, a stirrer, and their Boston shaker. It was expensive, but combined with their other stuff (a tray, some coasters, etc.) it looks good, and she keeps them on the counter at her bar in her house so it works!
At least where I am, Tito's is about $10 cheaper (around $22 for a fifth instead of $35) and usually what I reach for.
Just tried a new cocktail - a Jewel of the Nile, which I definitely recommend. Also recommend the bartenders at Boulud Sud if you want guys who really know what they're doing. As for the recipe:
3 parts gin
1 part green chartreuse
1 part yellow chartreuse
Shake with ice and serve up.
Will try this tonight. Been looking to try some gin drinks besides the good old gin & tonic.
He said $50 for a 1.75L. I think it might be more than that where I'm at. 750 is definitely $35 here.
What are some go-to bottles I should get if I want to use that shaker a bit? All I have now is (cheap) triple sec, tito's, and kahlua.
Incredibly smooth, sweet and smoky. Next batch I am going to pull back a little on the vermouth and try waiting longer.
Just mixed this last night:
- 3 oz Tito's
- .25 oz Olive Juice
- .25 oz Lime Juice (fresh, unsweetened)
- Muddled Jalepenos (to taste specification)
Mix, Shake, Pour.
It's fantastic and simplistic, and nice and spicy with that lovely green flavor from the jalepeno. Not as salty as a an average dirty martini of course, and the tart/salty/spicy is perfect together, naturally.