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  1. #91
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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by Young Blacksmith View Post
    what is creole bitters? a brand or a general type? Sounds pretty good to me!
    Ya the creole is a type of bitters. I bought a little sampler box from our local pusher and it had it in there with a few other types. After quite a few glasses of this drink the creole does have a pretty unique flavor that pairs really well with the orange liquour and well anything pairs well with good bourbon. :-)

    Anyhow, I had another one last night and I gotta say this is definitely a winner for me.

  2. #92
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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    Creole Bitters are a top shelf version of Peychaud. Different but similar.

    I'm enjoying a Manhattan with Knob Creek Rye. Finally arrived in NYC. Passed it up at 46 dollars downtown and then walked into an uptown shop that had it for 23.99. At that price, I'll buy multiple bottles. Must be some kind of introductory promotional price (or mistake); get them hooked at 24 and then jack the price up to 35 plus. I've been stockpiling the WT 101 rye at the mid-20 mark and passed up a few bottles at 20 the other day. My initial impression is that the KC rye has a thicker mouthfeel and a little more mint in the mix. A very nice rye priced in the mid-20s. Not 10+ dollars better than WT 101. The only trick is finding the WT.

    http://vermouth101.com/images/cocchi-vermouth.jpg

    Using this vermouth.

    http://www.tillenfarms.com/Bada-Bing...Farms@Cherries

    And these cherries.

    http://bokersbitters.co.uk/bokers_ver2.html

    And these bitters.

    It all works together very well.

    -Mike
    Last edited by scratchline; 08-23-2012 at 15:27. Reason: Grammar
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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    I'll be visiting NYC in October. If the KC is still available for $24 (or the WT is available for any price), I'll need to hit you up for the address.

    Myself, I'm trying to perfect the Sazerac. It looks like I prefer it on the rocks. Not traditional, I know, but it makes for a nice cool down on a hot summer night. I can't get the Herbsaint rinse right. I keep spilling it over the rim which makes a sticky mess. Oh well, I'll never be a bartender I guess.
    trying to walk a straight line,
    on sour mash and cheap wine

  4. #94
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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    Had an interesting cocktail while out the other night, called a Cin-Cin. Not sure about the spelling. Equal parts Cynar, rye, and sweet vermouth, with bitters, shaken and served up with a burnt lemon peel. Pretty cool drink.

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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    Just a couple of fabulous margaritas with dinner last night which really hit the spot after a long, hot day here in Chicago. Really looking forward to some autumnal evenings which are hopefully just around the corner.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    Quote Originally Posted by scratchline View Post
    Creole Bitters are a top shelf version of Peychaud. Different but similar.

    I'm enjoying a Manhattan with Knob Creek Rye. Finally arrived in NYC. Passed it up at 46 dollars downtown and then walked into an uptown shop that had it for 23.99. At that price, I'll buy multiple bottles. Must be some kind of introductory promotional price (or mistake); get them hooked at 24 and then jack the price up to 35 plus. I've been stockpiling the WT 101 rye at the mid-20 mark and passed up a few bottles at 20 the other day. My initial impression is that the KC rye has a thicker mouthfeel and a little more mint in the mix. A very nice rye priced in the mid-20s. Not 10+ dollars better than WT 101. The only trick is finding the WT.

    http://vermouth101.com/images/cocchi-vermouth.jpg

    Using this vermouth.

    http://www.tillenfarms.com/Bada-Bing...Farms@Cherries

    And these cherries.

    http://bokersbitters.co.uk/bokers_ver2.html

    And these bitters.

    It all works together very well.

    -Mike
    Those are some decent prices, and the cocktail sounds terrific. I'm with you on the KC Rye. At $24 it's excellent value for money but once they jack the price, maybe not so much. Like so many others, I still can't understand why WT knocked off their delicious and highly affordable rye. What a shame.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    Made a couple of Manhattans using Cinzano Rosso,Willett 117.6prf.,Peychaud's Bitters and White and Shaw Maraschino cherries.The proof of the Willett rye played quite nicely with the sweetness of the cherries and vermouth,proving to be delicious and surprisingly balanced given the high proof of the rye.

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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    This recipe caught my eye, the Oaxaca Old Fashioned:
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2...al-recipe.html

    Called for two ingredients that I didn't have on hand, but didn't mind picking up some mezcal and Bitterman's mole bitters.

    Whipped one up this evening and fell in love. Strong, sweet, spicy, smoky, and smooth.

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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    Lazing around on a coolish, dark, on-and-off light rainy day, with my first ever Dry Manhattan. 2.5:1 SB 1792 bourbon to Dolin dry vermouth, 2 shakes Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters, and a twist of lemon. Nice cocktail. Much nicer, as while I type this, the Falcons just kicked a game-winning FG over Carolina w/5 seconds left on the clock, after starting the drive from their own 1 yd line and less than a minute to go...I guess all of these factors means it's time for another!
    JOE

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    Re: What cocktail are you enjoying Spring/Summer 2012?

    That sounds good, with a Dry Manhattan, it is good to go a little easy on the vermouth and use a rich bourbon, which this does.

    I've got a 1:1 blending of my own blend of (30+) rums and Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum. The Black is a 47.3% ABV ratchet up of the regular Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. The label states it is finished in "double charred blackened oak" - not quite sure what that is. I was a little disappointed in the Black, the rum flavor seems well in the background and the top notes I get are sweetness, bitterness from the quassia and a cinnamon or nutmeg note. It's okay, but I wanted more rum character, hence the blending, which is much better, IMO. What made it a cocktail is a splash of soda and Stirring Orange Bitters (same bottle Wade pointed me to in Santa Rosa some years ago). Pondering on it further, not sure it's a cocktail. But it's good.

    Gary

 

 

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