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Creme de cacao - always s**t?

M. Bardamu

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Does this belong in a well-stocked bar? The varieties on sale here in the Land of Free-Flowing Moral Judgement look like they were distilled and bottled in a Nepalese outhouse...
 

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Smith and Curran

2 oz creme de cacao
1 oz cream
club soda

Pour creme de cacao and cream over ice in highball glass, add enough club soda to top up the glass. Stir just enough to mix the ingredients.
 

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decant it into a mason jar and then that ugly bottle business goes away.

Alternatively you could get something similar, like, ummm. Godiva liqeur.

[don't take away my man card, bro!)
 

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Originally Posted by texas_jack
Smith and Curran

2 oz creme de cacao
1 oz cream
club soda

Pour creme de cacao and cream over ice in highball glass, add enough club soda to top up the glass. Stir just enough to mix the ingredients.


Sounds like an alcoholic YooHoo!

I approve.
 

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Yes, you need it, if for this alone: The Alexander

No, I didn't say Brandy Alexander. The original, without the Brandy prefix, was made with Gin. Google up a Brandy Alexander recipe and swap the brandy 1:1 for gin.

Super.

~ H
 

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Originally Posted by Huntsman
Yes, you need it, if for this alone: The Alexander

No, I didn't say Brandy Alexander. The original, without the Brandy prefix, was made with Gin. Google up a Brandy Alexander recipe and swap the brandy 1:1 for gin.

Super.

~ H


Thank you, now I remember why I have a half empty bottle of this stuff in my bar. I was trying to remember what I made with it, and now I recall making a few for a dinner party.
 

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Originally Posted by Huntsman
Yes, you need it, if for this alone: The Alexander No, I didn't say Brandy Alexander. The original, without the Brandy prefix, was made with Gin. Google up a Brandy Alexander recipe and swap the brandy 1:1 for gin. Super. ~ H
What's your recommended recipe Hunts? I just did a quick Google search and came up with 4 different versions on the first page of results alone. 2/1/1, 1.5/1/1, 1.5/.5/.5, 1/1/1 Brandy(Gin)/Cacao/Cream
 

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Sorry guys:
Gin is, perhaps, the most illicit and storied spirit of all, save only la fee verte , Absinthe. From the the 18th century "gin mills" of London to the "bathtub gin" of Prohibition, the ease of producing something sufficiently similar to gin has caused it to be the spirit of last resort for much of the history of alcohol. And yet, gin is perhaps the most versatile spirit, despite, or more accuarately, because of the particularly clean snap of juniper. While that refreshing clarity makes a beautiful summertime Gin and Tonic, would you think of gin for dessert? With chocolate? Yet this is no contradiction. The seemingly classic Brandy Alexander is a derivative of the simple Alexander, a splendid evening cocktail of cream, creme de cacao, and...gin. I also add a few drops of bitters with a cinnamon topnote. Most likely the original Alexanders were decedents of milk based drinks such as various punches and the Plush, as recipes in library go back to at least 1931 in Harry Craddock's Savoy Cocktail Book (Harry, an American bartender, fled the U.S. during Prohibition to ply his trade at the famous "American Bar" at London's Savoy Hotel). Using gin the cocktail provides a foil for the chocolate and the cream, allowing the cocktail to be both rich and refreshing at the same time. With a juniper-forward London Dry gin like Plymouth (or my house gin, Martin Miller's), the piney note of juniper is both clear and clearly at home in the ethereal foam of the drink's heavily shaken cream. A little nutmeg to garnish and! The Alexander: 1G:1CdC:2cream, bitters to suit.
 

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Originally Posted by Thomas
Sounds like an alcoholic YooHoo!

I approve.


Oddly it's an old oilman's drink. Anywhere you find the oil business you'll find this drink. From West Texas to Ecuador to Nigeria.
 

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Originally Posted by texas_jack
Oddly it's an old oilman's drink. Anywhere you find the oil business you'll find this drink. From West Texas to Ecuador to Nigeria.

Interesting.
 

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Originally Posted by texas_jack
Oddly it's an old oilman's drink. Anywhere you find the oil business you'll find this drink. From West Texas to Ecuador to Nigeria.

Reeeally?
 

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Forgot about this one:
The 20th Century

1-1/2 oz Hayman's 'Old Tom' Gin (if unavailable, add 3/8 oz simple syrup to a London Dry)
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
3/4 oz Creme de Cacao (white)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake hard, serve in a cocktail glass with a twist.


~ H
 

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