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10 minutes ago, Kjbarth said:

Another day, another pounding thunderstorm. Watched the show drinking a 4RYL old fashioned.

Me and the back porch do that every chance we get.  It's  one of my  favorite ways to enjoy nature.

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Old Fashioned at the bar before dinner while waiting for Mrssmokinjoe and Littlesmokinjoe to get back from shopping.  The cocktail is well crafted and I am enjoying it...uh...them...🤷.   But, being in

Saratoga cocktail: 1 oz rye 1 oz brandy 1 oz sweet vermouth bitters   Stir on ice.  Strain onto big ice.   This is really good.  And I can't imagine it being as

Helloooooooo WEEKEND!!!  After a quick beer, it’s the Trans-Atlantic Giant…more affectionately known as The Smokinmuthahfuckinjoe 🤪 After this week I deserve this puppy.  Now that I think about the we

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Enjoyed this Negroni Bianco made with Gunpowder gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, and Alessio Vermouth Bianco before switching to wine for dinner.

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Was in Greenville, SC last week on business and stayed downtown.  Mrssmokinjoe came with me, as she had never been.  Ate at Soby’s and had a great meal there, as usual.  BTW, for those who have not been there, downtown Greenville along Main St. is a beautiful, walkable area with lots of good restaurants, bars, shopping, etc.  I enjoyed a couple of the bartenders concoctions called the “Midnight Train to Georgia”.  Rye, Aperol, Ramazzotti Amaro, Cambier Peche, and Lemon.  Looked to duplicate this afternoon, and got pretty close (subbed DeKuyper Peche) on the ingredients, and closer on the proportion of ingredients and taste thanks to help from SB’s resident mixologist extraordinaire, TANSTAAFL2.  Very refreshing whiskey cocktail, that is perfect for warm Summer afternoons and evenings.  

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1st bloody of vacation. 

 

Prost!! Phil

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Never thought of adding bacon. What a great breakfast!

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23 hours ago, smokinjoe said:

Was in Greenville, SC last week on business and stayed downtown.  Mrssmokinjoe came with me, as she had never been.  Ate at Soby’s and had a great meal there, as usual.  BTW, for those who have not been there, downtown Greenville along Main St. is a beautiful, walkable area with lots of good restaurants, bars, shopping, etc.  I enjoyed a couple of the bartenders concoctions called the “Midnight Train to Georgia”.  Rye, Aperol, Ramazzotti Amaro, Cambier Peche, and Lemon.  Looked to duplicate this afternoon, and got pretty close (subbed DeKuyper Peche) on the ingredients, and closer on the proportion of ingredients and taste thanks to help from SB’s resident mixologist extraordinaire, TANSTAAFL2.  Very refreshing whiskey cocktail, that is perfect for warm Summer afternoons and evenings.  

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That looks good! What are the proportions.

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35 minutes ago, flahute said:

That looks good! What are the proportions.

To start, I remember the cocktail at the restaurant as being not as whiskey forward as I would have typically liked.  Slightly sweetish, and the lemon is noticeable, but does not take it into whiskey sour territory.  So, with Bruce’s guidance, went with:

1.5 Oz KC Rye

.75 Oz Aperol

.75 Oz Ramazzotti 

.75 Oz fresh lemon juice

.25 Oz DK Peche


It ended up really close.  The KC Rye SB gave it the more oomph that I wanted, versus the Rittenhouse Rye that Soby’s uses. Next one, I might drop the lemon and Aperol just a touch.  Like, less than .25 oz.  The peach component was not as pronounced as I remember, but I think that may be the Peche brand, rather than proportion.  I’ll search for Combier this week.  
 

All that said, I may be overthinking this, as it was damn close and any differences may be subjective.  

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4RYL Old Fashioned while grilling burgers. Then a 2nd sitting in the hot tub after dinner. My back really hurts the day after I cut the lawn even though half the time I’m sitting on a tractor.

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Bensonhurst.  2 oz rye, 1oz dry vermouth, 2 t carciofo, 1 t Luxardo, stir on ice, strain onto fresh ice, cherry garnish.

 

The heat is destroying this drink but it's a nice summer alternative to a Manhattan.  It's been a long time since I had dry vermouth with bourbon/rye but it really works here.  Since I'm looking for applications for the carciofo, I may move onto a Jeremy Renner.  I know, I know...

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The Jeremy Renner.  Cynar was pushing hard in 2011.  With the cask strength whiskies this is a fantastic drink.  I just hope I can remember that tomorrow.

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On 3/12/2021 at 2:31 AM, TwoFingers said:

Today was Red Hook day.  Added a bit of the cherry juice for some extra sweetness.  Very nice.

 

Since it was a nice warm day, Mrs. Two Fingers went with a Lynchburg Lemonade (not pictured) which was a good choice.

 

 

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mmmm, it sounds so boring. I'll try it tonight.

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MM101 smoked Old Fashioned tonight. Made the simple syrup with brown sugar.20210822_203002.thumb.jpg.6042c98e00ab4f0ce8304d0e9facdd2e.jpg

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Saratoga cocktail:

1 oz rye

1 oz brandy

1 oz sweet vermouth

bitters

 

Stir on ice.  Strain onto big ice.

 

This is really good.  And I can't imagine it being as good without the peach brandy.  You definitely want an assertive spicy rye here.  Good stiff drink for an awful sad day.  

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Helloooooooo WEEKEND!!!  After a quick beer, it’s the Trans-Atlantic Giant…more affectionately known as The Smokinmuthahfuckinjoe 🤪 After this week I deserve this puppy.  Now that I think about the week I had, I deserve 9… 😉

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2 hours ago, smokinjoe said:

Helloooooooo WEEKEND!!!  After a quick beer, it’s the Trans-Atlantic Giant…more affectionately known as The Smokinmuthahfuckinjoe 🤪 After this week I deserve this puppy.  Now that I think about the week I had, I deserve 9… 😉

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🔥 as always.

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Had a variation of a "Bee's Knees" cocktail at a local Oaxacan restaurant. The "La Abeja" was made with lemon juice, Gracias a Dios Gin which is really a triple distilled Oaxacan mezcal with botanicals added on the final distillation, and Drambuie, served up with a garnish of grilled blood orange. 

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A B-Day present from the Mrs.

 

not available in stores in IL - Mail order

 

For a no effort taster (it’s actually a tiny little can) it’s not bad

 

 

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FRYL double OF followed by a 2nd after calling it quits for the day cleaning up after the mess Ida left us. First pic I’m 1/2done. 

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Enjoying a BA cocktail and catching up with the mrs. in front on the fire after being on the road for 4 hours today.

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“When Smoke Falls on Cedars” outside at Three Sheets in New Haven, CT... 

 

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Nothing fancy. FRYL and peach iced tea high balls tailgating before the Giants game.

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On 8/29/2021 at 7:28 PM, jvd99 said:

A B-Day present from the Mrs.

 

not available in stores in IL - Mail order

 

For a no effort taster (it’s actually a tiny little can) it’s not bad

 

 

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Apparently Tiptop is now the cocktail source for Delta flights. I have had many of the different Tiptop cocktails available since it is readily available locally but I haven't tried one yet on board. But I rarely drink anything when flying.

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Got this one off the interweb and it worked well.    Le Mot d'Or:

 

2 oz bourbon

.75 oz sweet vermouth

.5 oz maraschino

.25 oz fernet 

dash bitters

orange twist garnish

 

Had to sub lemon for the garnish.  Got the afternoon off to a good start.

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On 10/2/2021 at 5:07 PM, scratchline said:

Got this one off the interweb and it worked well.    Le Mot d'Or:

 

2 oz bourbon

.75 oz sweet vermouth

.5 oz maraschino

.25 oz fernet 

dash bitters

orange twist garnish

 

Had to sub lemon for the garnish.  Got the afternoon off to a good start.

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My french is pretty rusty after 25 years but is that "The Golden Word"?  Sounds pretty darn good. 

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