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jmpyle
12-08-2010, 20:56
I'm a purist mostly. I like my drinks with a glass and whiskey - nothing else. But lately, for whatever reason, I've been on a little cocktail kick - in particular the classics. When I do make a cocktail with good solid whiskey I like to know what I'm drinking. Manhattans and a great Old Fashioned have been my cocktails of choice of late. I've also been making a maple old fashioned that has turned out great.

Any of you guys guys have some good simple cocktail recipes you rely on a lot?

ratcheer
12-09-2010, 06:41
The Manhattan is my second favorite whiskey cocktail. First is the Sazerac Cocktail. I'm sure you can find recipes for it in some of the old threads.

Tim

jmpyle
12-09-2010, 07:47
Yep I love Saz's. A classic!

p_elliott
12-09-2010, 08:02
Strangely enough we have a whole forum devoted to this subject.

jmpyle
12-09-2010, 13:06
Strangely enough we have a whole forum devoted to this subject.

Yep, you know I posted the darn thing and then immediately thought, "There's a section for this I'm sure". By the time I thought about it though, someone posted and I wasn't sure how to move it. Slight newbie here so I'm sorry for the clutter. I'll be a bit more diligent in reviewing my category options before posting something like this next time.

imbibehour
12-09-2010, 17:40
I'd concur with what has already been said, but I like an occasional milk punch with bourbon, and nothing beats a good honest whiskey sour.

Although whiskey sours take some practice, but they aren't that hard. They are truly the grandfather of cocktails and the base for many other classic drinks (sours).

dean_martin
12-09-2010, 18:01
I've added Angostura bitters, Peychaud's and Regans' orange to my bar. I need to find a good vermouth (sweet or dry or both?). But so far I just don't seem to have the touch as a mixologist. However, I recently had two excellent cocktails in New Orleans - a Sazerac at the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel and a Bourbon Milk Punch at the Bourbon House. I'm deferring to the professionals for now.

imbibehour
12-09-2010, 19:30
I've added Angostura bitters, Peychaud's and Regans' orange to my bar. I need to find a good vermouth (sweet or dry or both?). But so far I just don't seem to have the touch as a mixologist. However, I recently had two excellent cocktails in New Orleans - a Sazerac at the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel and a Bourbon Milk Punch at the Bourbon House. I'm deferring to the professionals for now.

Vermouth... for straight forward dry or sweet I prefer Noily Prat.

If you want to kick it up... buy Dolin.

If you WANT to REALLY kick up your red vermouth buy a bottle of Antica. And devour that.

Vermouth does not keep, use it up quickly it goes bad fast. put it in your fridge and get the air out of it, put it in the smallest bottle you can find as you consume it.

a good thing is just to buy very tiny bottles of it and use it up.

My other advice is if you are new to vermouth, don't spend a lot of money at first unless you want to.

Here's my 2 centavos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuYmYNc7tdQ

Happy Vermouth drinking!

TheGentleman
12-12-2010, 15:37
The best sweet vermouth I've tried by a mile is Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth. It's tough to track down, but if you do, I promise you'll never make another Manhattan w/out it. Anyone else used this?

imbibehour
12-12-2010, 15:52
The best sweet vermouth I've tried by a mile is Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth. It's tough to track down, but if you do, I promise you'll never make another Manhattan w/out it. Anyone else used this?

yup it's great.

Funny thing was when I went around looking for it I ran into people who were like oh its not worth it... it's too expensive.. doesn't taste any different.

so I find it from a place that sold it for about 32-35 I am like okay lets grab this. The guys behind the counter are like oh yeah that's great stuff!

I try it out and I am basically floored... this tasting like other Vermouth? Seriously?? you have to be kidding me, it's not even close.

Antica is great.