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Found some shade out back to enjoy a Vesper on a hot and humid day.  

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All the recent Mezcal talk on the forum impelled me to go buy my first bottle of it (Del Maguey Vida). Then searched out a cocktail recipe, which I decided to go with.  Which in turn, forced me to als

It is amazing how friggin’ brilliant I am out there by myself staring into the fire, with a whiskey and a cigar.  I mean Einstein brilliant! Then morning comes, and I’ve forgotten everything...  ?

Sitting out back with Littlesmokinjoe and Mrssmokinjoe and enjoying a Boulevardier in a Father’s Day present Atlanta Braves /SunTrust Park rocks glass.  

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We've played with Negronis - different vermouths mostly, settling on one locally produced by Capitoline, and using local gins (Green Hat being a favorite) - but I hadn't thought of Punt e Mes.  THX.

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8 hours ago, flahute said:

They have a variation on a Dark and Stormy that uses Elijah Craig, Averna, and Punt e Mes along with orange bitters that was also good. 

That is one heck of a variation! Sounds more like a Black Manhattan.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, tanstaafl2 said:

That is one heck of a variation! Sounds more like a Black Manhattan.

 

 

 

It had a nutty quality that I quite liked. 

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The view from my zero gravity chair.  Knob Creek Single Barrel Manhattan.  Privilege means never having to say you're sorry.

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How about a bloody Turkey with some shrimpage. 

 

Prost!  Phil 

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2 hours ago, Phil T said:

How about a bloody Turkey with some shrimpage. 

 

Prost!  Phil 

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Now... THIS is the way to make a Bloody Turkey!   My mouth started watering up instantly, Phil.   Good on ya'!

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5 hours ago, Richnimrod said:

Now... THIS is the way to make a Bloody Turkey!   My mouth started watering up instantly, Phil.   Good on ya'!

Come on down Rich. You and Mrs nimrod will have a great time with us!

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1 hour ago, Phil T said:

Come on down Rich. You and Mrs nimrod will have a great time with us!

FIRST: the Mrs. would never agree to travel during this pandemic.    SECOND: she also won't be excited to know it's a visit with one of my "Bourbon Buddies".   

But, I'll broach the opportunity with her, anyway.   Maybe at some point it could be an option....?   I'll let ya' know....

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6 minutes ago, Richnimrod said:

FIRST: the Mrs. would never agree to travel during this pandemic.    SECOND: she also won't be excited to know it's a visit with one of my "Bourbon Buddies".   

But, I'll broach the opportunity with her, anyway.   Maybe at some point it could be an option....?   I'll let ya' know....

I understand ALL that Rich. We will see each other soon. Be safe!!

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A GBS EC bottle-kill old fashioned (which as I'm sipping tastes just like the non-bottle-kill variety!) :lol: 

 

Fine cocktail, although not my favorite bourbon for it (but after a @#$% day, wanted to kill it - and a Glencairn just looks ridiculous filled up to the brim!)

 

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47 minutes ago, GaryT said:

A GBS EC bottle-kill old fashioned (which as I'm sipping tastes just like the non-bottle-kill variety!) :lol: 

 

Fine cocktail, although not my favorite bourbon for it (but after a @#$% day, wanted to kill it - and a Glencairn just looks ridiculous filled up to the brim!)

 

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I disagree Gary. If you fill a glencairn to the brim after one of those days, I'm saying " hell the fuck yea " ?

 

Not ridiculous at all.

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I was a skeptic on these Yeti’s before I was gifted one, but they are great.  Particularly, with a cocktail on a hot and sunny afternoon.  A couple of Absolut Citron and Sodas in the Yeti today out back, with Braves on the radio.  

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After the Swamp Water post a few days ago, I bought the Topo Chico to make myself some. As I was making the first one, I thought, "Hmmm, this is a lot like a rickey." As I considered it more, I came to the conclusion, "Hell, it is a rickey!" Old drink, new name.

 

Whatever you call it, yes, it is delicious on a summer afternoon.

 

@smokinjoe, that is a rickey, too. ?

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Sitting down in the garage watching a gully washer of a rain move through with a delicious Toronto.  I love the KC Cask Strength in it.  Big and Bold, and confidently leads the charge of this cocktail.  ?

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Uh, that went quick.  Rain is still falling, and Round 2 is keeping up! ?

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On 7/25/2020 at 7:57 PM, MM818 said:

Garage drinks. The Revolver. Ingredients call for Bulleit ( hence the name). I used 2 oz of Turkey, .5 ounce of Mr Black, and a couple dashes of orange angostura. Stirred & strained. Might be better w a cube. Drink isn’t working for me. Tastes muddled. 
 

 

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Trying to figure out how best to combine two of my favorite things. Bourbon and coffee. This was 2.5oz stagg jr eagle rare blend and 1 ounce coffee liqueur. Couple dashes of orange bitters. Stirred, strained, cube,  and garnished w orange.

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10 hours ago, MM818 said:

Trying to figure out how best to combine two of my favorite things. Bourbon and coffee. This was 2.5oz stagg jr eagle rare blend and 1 ounce coffee liqueur. Couple dashes of orange bitters. Stirred, strained, cube,  and garnished w orange.

 

I have an idea for you.

I had both a boulevardier and a negroni this week with friends and they had a surprise for me. Coffee ice cubes.

They use small spherical cubes - about golf ball size or slightly smaller. As the cube melts you get subtle coffee flavors that marry quite well with the Campari.

I was skeptical and then quickly sold on it.

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3 hours ago, flahute said:

I have an idea for you.

I had both a boulevardier and a negroni this week with friends and they had a surprise for me. Coffee ice cubes.

They use small spherical cubes - about golf ball size or slightly smaller. As the cube melts you get subtle coffee flavors that marry quite well with the Campari.

I was skeptical and then quickly sold on it.

Okay.  I'm gonna try this.  I'm skeptical but the coffee/Campari match sounds promising.

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57 minutes ago, scratchline said:

Okay.  I'm gonna try this.  I'm skeptical but the coffee/Campari match sounds promising.

I need to get the type of coffee they used clarified (as in coffee vs espresso) in order to insure the strength ratio is correct.

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Playing with variations on a Negroni.  Substituted Aperol for Campari and added some orange bitters.  I liked it his alot.  I figured this had to be done before and a quick search revealed the Contessa.  My version is:

 

1 oz gin

1/2 oz Aperol

1 oz sweet vermouth

3 dashes orange bitters

Lemon twist garnish

 

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On 7/30/2020 at 3:28 AM, TwoFingers said:

Enjoyed a peach old fashioned last night.   Something a little different, which was nice.

 

2 oz Bourbon

1 tsp maple syrup

2 peach slices

2 dashes Angostura

 

Muddle peaches, add other ingredients plus ice and stir.  Strain over fresh ice.

 

I’ve been wanting to try this for a few weeks. With peaches dwindling at the market I had to get my act together! I was too heavy on the bitters but a nice little cap to the week. 

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12 hours ago, MM818 said:

I’ve been wanting to try this for a few weeks. With peaches dwindling at the market I had to get my act together! I was too heavy on the bitters but a nice little cap to the week. 

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Glad it turned out well.  Best with good fresh peaches.  I like the maple in it.  Makes a nice change of pace.

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These Labor Day Old Fashions were made after lighting the coals on the grill for bone-in ribeyes.

Muddle - 1 sugar cube, 3 dashes bitters, 1 bar spoon water

Add 2.5 oz rye and stir

Add ice and stir a little more

Orange wheel garnish

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