Help me stock my new bar

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  1. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Mixing of Brandy: My favorite brandy drink is the Alabazam:

    2 oz Brandy
    1/2 oz. Cointreau
    3/4 oz Lemon Juice
    1/2 oz Simple syrup
    Lots of Bitters (six dashes here)

    It's all orange-and-spicey wonderfulness.


    Trying this right now. Very nice.
     


  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Brandy is a necessity for sidecars, french 75s (EDIT - cptjeff posted the same thing while I was typing).
    I think you're making your French 75s wrong.
     


  3. airportlobby

    airportlobby Senior member

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    I think you're making your French 75s wrong.
    Two variants, lots of debate on which is correct. I prefer gin, gf prefers brandy, we make them both, both are good (unless you mean cognac should be used, not brandy, in which case I agree).
     


  4. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    Two variants, lots of debate on which is correct. I prefer gin, gf prefers brandy, we make them both, both are good (unless you mean cognac should be used, not brandy, in which case I agree).

    Whaaaaat? That's crazy, never even heard of a French 75 using brandy or cognac. To be honest, I prefer it with just a very small amount of gin, but I'm definitely not a cocktail guy and definitely am a wine guy.
     


  5. Huntsman

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    Whaaaaat? That's crazy, never even heard of a French 75 using brandy or cognac. To be honest, I prefer it with just a very small amount of gin, but I'm definitely not a cocktail guy and definitely am a wine guy.
    http://chanticleersociety.org/forums...6458.aspx#6458 See the last post by Robert Hess. ~ H
     


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    What do you use the GranMarinier for or in place of?

    Got disgusted at the new formulations of 7-up never living up to just being 7-up. So I started using club soda + GM + any handy syrup as a substitute. Grapefruit doesn't hurt a bit.
     


  7. edinatlanta

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    Get Luxardo maraschino cherries from Amazon. A few bucks and keep them in a cupboard, not in the fridge.
     


  8. Ambulance Chaser

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    When it comes to spirits, I would avoid getting hung up on brand names unless you are a connoisseur. $30 should get you a bottle that is more than adequate for a good cocktail. I usually buy what's on sale and/or what the liquor store guy recommends. At the very least, go with 100% blue agave for the silver tequila and VS for the cognac.
     


  9. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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  10. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Huntsman: They had the regular Christian Brothers and the version below VSOP as well. I figured, for $12, I could spring for the VSOP!
     


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    good haul, get smaller bottles of vermouth, i like the red lillet and you are still lacking Angostura's Angostura Bitters.

    The ones you got are good but no replacement for these:

    [​IMG]
     


  12. edinatlanta

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    Huntsman: They had the regular Christian Brothers and the version below VSOP as well. I figured, for $12, I could spring for the VSOP!

    Yes. I followed his recc's and can't complain at all.
     


  13. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    good haul, get smaller bottles of vermouth, i like the red lillet and you are still lacking Angostura's Angostura Bitters. The ones you got are good but no replacement for these: [​IMG]
    Look at the first picture fool
     


  14. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Get Luxardo maraschino cherries from Amazon. A few bucks and keep them in a cupboard, not in the fridge.
    Link?
    When it comes to spirits, I would avoid getting hung up on brand names unless you are a connoisseur. $30 should get you a bottle that is more than adequate for a good cocktail. I usually buy what's on sale and/or what the liquor store guy recommends. At the very least, go with 100% blue agave for the silver tequila and VS for the cognac.
    What do you think of the choices I made?
     


  15. IndianBoyz

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    Couple of cognacs. Remy VSOP is a good standard.
     


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