Spirits & Cocktails

Snooth User: gr

Just for the record, are these recipes useful?

Posted by gr, Dec 8, 2008.

I certainly enjoy spouting them off, but I just want to make sure I'm not irritating people. (Yes, I agree: they'll be more useful after there's Search in the forum. ;^>)

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Reply by Philip James, Dec 9, 2008.

Gr - Search is coming tomorrow! I certainly read them and am compiling a short list of the ones I want to try out over the weekends...

I actually really like reading about the revivalist cocktails that are seriously out of fashion

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Reply by gr, Dec 9, 2008.

Excellent news on search!

I'll have to transcribe the Blue Blazer from my recently-received reprint of the 1887 Jerry Thomas book then (widely regarded as the First cocktail manual). Here's a picture of Danny Valdez, a bartender from NOLA, making one as a teaser (this is his Facebook avatar, so it's semi-public already):

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Reply by gr, Dec 9, 2008.

Recipe now posted at http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/re...

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Reply by RachelNYC, Dec 10, 2008.

I do find them entertaining and interesting, but I am a little frightened of what your home bar must look like. :)

I tend to collect liquors and wines when I travel. What would you recommend bringing home from Germany for mixed drinks?

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Reply by gr, Dec 10, 2008.

Here's the current state, nothing much to be afraid of:

Coffee-related cordials back towards the left, rums in front of them, vodkas to their right, gins further right, whiskeys to their right and back a bit, amari and some commonly-used cordials to their right, tequilas on the far right, less-frequently used cordials (maraschino, Galliano, stuff like that; this would get to be a pretty long list if I went into it in detail) towards the back, and bitters and mixers are up top. That leaves out the spare bottles and the scotches/cognacs/armagnacs (on the shelf behind that brick wall) and the things that want refrigeration (vermouths and some crèmes), but it's the rough gist.

The glassware's over to the left (I went through a few cocktail glasses this evening: when drinking alone, especially while patching Unix servers, why wouldn't one use a clean glass each time? That's also why a shaker set, a few strainers, and a bar spoon or two are missing above: in the sink):


On the other point: so far as I know, the Teutonic spirit of choice is schnapps, historically taken in quantities large enough to pucker anybody's lips, and neat to boot. Despite my own genetic heritage, I'm not much of a fan. My best recommendation is to peruse the "Mixology" (the German language version of the US "Imbibe") website/blog (http://www.mixology.eu/en ), plausibly visit some bars recommended therein, and hit up the bartenders there for recommendations on local spirits. I'm sure there must be some fun things being distilled in Deutschland, but I don't know much about them personally.

Cheers...

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Reply by RachelNYC, Dec 10, 2008.

Teutonic heritage has made you nothing if not thorough. I guess I have to thank my Irish heritage for the gift of sales. ;)

P.S. I am in Germany and have an excuse to be up Snoothing at 3AM. What is yours?

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Reply by gr, Dec 10, 2008.

Alluded to previously, but I'm a unix sysadmin, and changes impacting systems people actually use aren't things that one generally does during the work day.

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Reply by Mark Angelillo, Dec 10, 2008.

Very useful, gr -- keep it up!

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Reply by gr, Dec 10, 2008.

In that case, I shall!

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Reply by gr, Mar 25, 2009.

Hey, RachelNYC: I'm just scrolling back through the Spirits & Cocktails category, and I realized that you hadn't anything in this department to report from Germany... and maybe there just isn't anything to say, but...?


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