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  1. #31
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    Re: What is a Cocktail?

    It's a timeless question and of course the answers change as our sensibilities change. Is a vatting of rum 'n' rye, taken neat a cocktail? Probably, at least as much as a rum 'n' Coke is...

    Around here, the word is a catch-all for any alcoholic drink, although the pronunciation seems to vary a little in this usage. Example: "Joe slipped on the ice last night and broke his wrist. Of course, he'd already had a coupla cyacktells in him," she said with a knowing wink. "Cyacktells" here might refer to Grainbelt Premiums, Philips Vodka, or brandy 'n' waters....
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    Re: What is a Cocktail?

    I once knew a gent from the mid-west who used the term in that sense, of any alcohol drink. He pronounced it almost, "cacktail", which to me had a mid-west twang to it. I feel you can hear faint German and Scandinavian accents in mid-west speech, but that is getting off-topic!

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    Re: What is a Cocktail?

    Yes, Gary, that's exactly what I'm talking about. Cacktail, cyacktell, it varies a bit depending on which of the Great Lakes you're closest to, but it seem that the catch-all usage goes hand in hand with the accent.
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    Re: What is a Cocktail?

    Thanks for reminding me of high balls Tim, an appropriate term one doesn't hear too often now. As for the concoctions that rhyme with 'tini'
    I believe they are best called 'leg spreaders'.

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    Re: What is a Cocktail?

    There's something comforting about seeing the marquee sign for dining establishments in the Mid-West that advertise "Cocktails" on them, on a cold Winter's night. They're even better when they're in neon. Only seldomly do you see "cocktails" on similar signs here, Down South.
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    Re: What is a Cocktail?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Steve, can you get Smith & Cross in Florida?
    TPS has it as well.
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    Re: What is a Cocktail?

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    There's something comforting about seeing the marquee sign for dining establishments in the Mid-West that advertise "Cocktails" on them, on a cold Winter's night. They're even better when they're in neon. Only seldomly do you see "cocktails" on similar signs here, Down South.
    Speaking of cocktails down south there was a vintage one being promoted by H&F called the Deep South that looked interesting.

    1/4 Tennessee Whiskey (they suggested Dickel but presumably JD or most any bourbon would probably work as well. I have also seen this with good old Southern Comfort as the spirit of choice although probably better with the older Southern Comfort that actually had a bit of whiskey in it rather than the junk made today.)
    1/4 Dark Rum (ED 12 was suggested. Always a good choice!)
    1/4 Lemon Juioce
    1/4 Lime juice

    Shake with ice, pour into champagne flute and top with brut champagne.

    Sounds tasty but a hard one to try as I don't have any splits and even a split is probably too much for a drink for just me. But I do rather like champagne cocktails. Had a New Years Eve party a couple of years ago that featured only champagne cocktails. Had about 10 of them!
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: What is a Cocktail?

    Quote Originally Posted by sailor22 View Post
    If my buddy describes our waitress as "Juicy", now I know that makes her a Cocktail Waitress.
    This is gold. I can't wait to point out a few "cocktail waitresses" the next time we're out on the town.

 

 

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