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***The Not Even Slightly Official SW+D Booze and Cocktail Thread***

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Synthese, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    NO,


    We are not gentlemen. We are not dapper. And although some of us may sport a mustache, we are not particularly sober. While we enjoy the occasional speakeasy, we do not need a three-ring-circus involving a bow tie and suspenders to have a good time. Although our favorites range from the oh-so-trendy Last Word to the ever-appropriate French 75, we will drink everything from jungle juice to Jura's Prophecy and Pappy's finest Winkle, occasionally in the same evening. We can be found at dive bars and on dance floors, lounging on rooftop terraces and at poolside bars, as the life of the party or the alluring wallflower.

    Ungentlemen, this is where we discuss the drinks that we drink, without the stigma of snobbery attached to us, without the cloud of judgement and classicism that now hovers over many a formerly decent cocktail establishment. We go to bars. We hang out. We shoot the shit. We like a good bartender, and we like a good drink. Some of us like a lot of olives. We may know how to mix a damn good cocktail, but it very often involves more sloshing than measurement, because that is how life works. If our friend does not know how to make us a Dry Martini, an Old Fashioned, or even a Sazerac, we do not snub them. We make it for them, we toast them, and we toast ourselves. Repeatedly. Because there is no time for that sort of bullshit. We appreciate both restriction and moderation. We do not fuck around with our booze.

    What we do not do is bro out. We do not take shots of jaeger from the ice luge, though we can accept that, on some occasions, this is both proper and enjoyable. Perhaps if we were still in our teens we would find it enjoyable as well. It is, however, not discussed here. Nor are Irish Car Bombs, Flaming Doctor Peppers, or any stories beginning "This one time, when I was drunk." We will instead opine on microbrews, both foreign and domestic, wax ever-so-slightly philosophical on peaty Scottish drams, and discuss the relative perks of local gins. But we will do so with the open arms of the Streetwear Brotherhood, and we will educate. The foundation of all knowledge is the recognition that we know nothing.

    Pictures and recipes (vague or otherwise) are always welcome.
     
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  2. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Severisth Senior member

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    I wish I had more (anything) to contribute to this thread, but hopefully I'll learn from other people's posts
     
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    Goddamn that was a great read, I'm in
     
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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    "Freedom and whisky gang thegither!"
     
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    What I keep stocked always:

    Gin: Hendrick's
    Vodka: Hangar One (CA local, although it should be available everywhere)
    Bourbon: Eagle Rare 17
    Scotch: Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 + Talisker 18
    Cognac/Brandy: Germain-Robin (CA local, although a few online retailers carry limited stock)
    Champagne: usually some sort of mid tier Veuve Cliequot
    St. Germaine and bitters

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    Need to add: a rum that doesn't suck (recs please), and Drambuie

    Review re: Germain-Robin. They're a local CA distiller that makes some top notch stuff. While many famous makers use wine-reject grapes in France to make much of their cognac, Germain-Robin uses Mendicino top quality grapes to make their brandies. It bests any Remy, Hennessy or Courvoisier that I've tasted. This is a description for my preferred option, the select barrel XO:

    A blend of some 12 brandies, roughly 80% of the volume pinot noirs. The components are mostly about 17 years old. When we released this brandy (1996), Robb Report’s expert panel placed it #1 in their list of the “Best of the Best” liquor (#3 was the “Richard Hennessy” cognac, currently priced at $3000). Very long and complex finish.
     
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    Reviews are welcome. I'm sure many people here have local breweries/distilleries nearby that are worth a mention.
    I like to pick up a new brew to try sometimes when I'm at the market so I may share some noteworthy ones.
    And I'm hoping some of you outside of the US will be able to share something special or unique to your region.
     
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    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I currently have a few pours of the Nectar d'Or left in the bottle above my fridge, although I have to say I probably won't buy it again. It was a fun experiment, but I would probably rather drink a Glenkinchie 12.
     
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    Anyone in the PNW should check out Whipper Snapper whiskey, brewed in Sheridan OR. For like $22, it's sweet and hot and has a really pleasant aftertaste. Mixes brilliantly with sours etc.

    For rum, I really like Mount Gay's 10-15-30 year blend, really well priced too considering how good it is (like $18 a fifth)
     
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    PS Parker, if I lived in San Francisco proper, Nihon Whiskey Lounge would be the end of me. If you live in the Bay Area, you should go there (much prefer it to Tradition etc). Synth, do you have a preferred region/style of Scotch? I can't get into the peat monsters.
     
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    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Oh. I pretty much only drink the Peat Monsters. Ardbeg (I prefer the 10 to the uigeadail), Lagavulin, and Jura are the regulars.
     
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    I think I'm going to buy some ingredients tomorrow (any good recs for gin around $20 or less?) and make French 75s this weekend. What about good champagne that's also pretty cheap ($11 or less)?
     
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    snake Senior member

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    Love my peaty islays. Laphroaig 10 is always nice to have on hand. Haven't tried ardbeg, but soon..
     
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    How can you post all those great pics and not tell us what any are?!?!?
     
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    cyc wid it Senior member

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    Reedo, I would probably go with Beefeater gin and Martin and Rossi Asti. Cannot guarantee results though, please don't buy that pre-squeezed lemon juice stuff.
     
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    a friend of a friend made this for me...apple cider moonshine, tastes like a fucking apple pie, incredibly potent, drank a small mason jars worth and felt like I'd experience head trauma. Awesome. And yes thats' a little heirloom apple floating in there.

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    a different friend got me this for my birthday.

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    edit: oh god the corona case is visible in that last picture. I can explain I swear! :embar: one of my roommates was on tour with his band and we had a frenchman from versaille staying with us...he drank corona. :foo:
     
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  18. Parker

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    Synth, take your booze off the fridge, mate! Spirits are more stable than wine, but they prefer cooler storage. And no direct sunlight.

    Yeah, cyc, Nihon is crazy. I've only been there once. I'm in SF where, as you know, there is no shortage of watering holes.

    Reedo, Louis Bouillot if you can find it. In fact Cremants can taste pretty darn good even though they aren't "real" Champs.
     
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  19. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Never fear! A turn of phrase. The scotches are in their boxes in the (unheated) spare room.
     
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    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    RW,, there are worse things in life than a summertime corona with lime, cheap tacos, and some form of water-based relief.
     
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