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    What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    In compliance with compliance's reminder, a seasonally fitting thread is in order.

    Binny's had a 15% off Saturday this past weekend, which meant I had some shopping to do.

    I've opened a bottle of Hiram Walker Triple Sec and Big Gin gin. I'd read several respectable sources citing the HW as an affordable Cointreau competitor in terms of mixing. Tonight, I performed a none-too scientific head-to-head of Cointreau and the HW. The HW was sweeter, lower proof, less complex and bitter, and more candy orange than orange peel. As expected, a clearly inferior sipper.

    After, I tried it in my first White Lady (2 pts Tanqueray, 1 pt HW triple sec, 1 pt lemon juice). It was pretty good. I'll need to do a head-to-head but my impression was that the lower proof and less interesting flavor detrimented the drink.

    I'm inclined to say that, when it's at least 1/4 of the drink, the HW produces an inferior cocktail. However, given the $20+ price difference between a bottle of that and a bottle of Cointreau, it's probably not worth arguing over for a casual drink.


    As for the Big Gin, I've yet to mix it but I can say with certainty that it's a damn fine gin. I've got a handful of gins lying around, but none have struck a chord with me like Big Gin.

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    My traditional spring cocktail has been the Negroni, but with all of the brown liquor piling up around the house I started with a Boulevardier last night: 2 parts Baby Saz, 1 part Dolin Rouge vermouth and 1 part Campari. As the bastard child of the Negroni and the Manhattan, I'm not sure it beats either of its parents, but was a bit more warming for a cool evening. I'd say it's worth a try.

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    I normally stick to fairly basic Manhattan and Old Fashioned recipes, but I do try to expand my selection to include slightly more refreshing drinks during the hotter months. One of my favorites is the El Diablo.
    1 1/2 ounce tequila
    1/2 ounce crème de cassis
    1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
    1 1/2 ounce ginger beer


    Combine the first three ingredients in an ice filled shake and shake until cold. Strain over ice into a rocks glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    Made a slough of drinks for me and the wifey tonight:

    Barrel aged Negroni
    Grasshopper
    Army Navy
    ...and the first Mint Julep of the year with the handle of dusty I.W. Harper I picked up this afternoon!

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    Negroni this afternoon.

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    I'm about to make an Old Fashioned here in a few minutes. My first.

    Wish me luck.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    Bourbon Manhattan made with Barton.

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Bourbon Manhattan made with Barton.
    So, so, so, how was it?
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    Quite good as Manhattans go.

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    Re: What Cocktail Are Enjoying Spring '13?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Bourbon Manhattan made with Barton.
    squire, you realize being made with Barton is not a requisite for being labeled a cocktail?

 

 

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