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Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger

St-Germain & Domaine de Canton

Posted by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 17, 2009.

A big thanks to gr for sharing shared this fascinating article with me.
I thought the spirits lovers would appreciate it.

St-Germain elderflower liqueur and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur are the 2 of the most fascinating new items to hit the bar in years. I encourage everyone out there (over 21, of course) to give them a try. As 2007 and 2008 winners, respectively, of the best liqueur prize at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, it's even more amazing that this products were created by 2 brothers... working independently.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123...

Moreover, how can you not love these beautiful bottles:




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Reply by fibo86, Mar 18, 2009.

And the flavor MMMMM

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Reply by Philip James, Mar 19, 2009.

I will pick up a bottle of the ginger stuff - any simple drinks i can make with it?

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 19, 2009.

I would assume you have a cocktail shaker of sorts.

Here are some of their too simple drinks:
Canton & Lemon soda
Canton, Rum & Soda water
Canton & Apple Cider

However, to do it justice, you should really try their take on a Martini, Margarita, etc. Check out the Domaine de Canton website.

Or come to 360 bar in a few weeks time ;)

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Reply by gr, Mar 20, 2009.

Phil, I like making a modified Last Word with the Canton. You'll need to pick up some maraschino liqueur (probably Luxardo) for that too. Equal parts (I usually do 1 oz):

London dry gin
fresh lime juice
maraschino liqueur
Canton (replacing what's usually green Chartreuse)

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Reply by Sung, Mar 20, 2009.

YUM! I love ginger infused anything! Will try all the above cocktail recipes.

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Reply by gr, Mar 20, 2009.

Sung, you might want to glance back at my previous post about exactly these two liqueurs for some more suggestions: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/my...

Also, perhaps: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/re...

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 20, 2009.

@gr - Is their a name for the modified Last Word drink?

I'd be tempted to call it "Le Dernier Mot" but since you are replacing a French ingredient with another French one, its not really appropriate or instructive. Moreover, that's go to be taken already by a Last Word that subs something French for the Maraschino, right?

Maybe the Last Cant which might be a triple entendre (Canton liqueur, Irish word "caint", Latin word "cantare").

And we wonder why it's so quiet on the Snooth Spirits & Cocktails forum...

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Reply by gr, Mar 20, 2009.

The Ginger Word?

I periodically sub St. Germaine for the maraschino (particularly when I'm out of the latter, as I am now), but I don't like that quite as well as I do the Canton version.

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Reply by Philip James, Mar 20, 2009.

"Canton, Rum & Soda water" - ok, at least thats simple, and i dont have to invest in a bar full of mixers and supplementary alcohols.

Astor sells it, right?

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Reply by gr, Mar 20, 2009.

Yep, Astor's got it. And, surprisingly for the same price as drinkupny.com (not directly under your office, but fairly close to your home... and they do free delivery for orders over $99).

http://www.astorwines.com/SearchRes...

http://www.drinkupny.com/Domaine_de...

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Reply by gr, Mar 20, 2009.

Also, Sung: remind me to insist that you try a Dark & Stormy with the fresh ginger syrup Rodolphe and I will prep Friday evening before the party on the 4th. (I use roughly this recipe: http://www.cocktailchronicles.com/2... , which is pretty similar to what Apothecary down here in Philly does too.)

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Reply by gr, Mar 20, 2009.

At the risk of getting ribbing over comment count inflation from Philip again... @RBoulanger, riffing off your last name suggestion, how 'bout "Can't Last"? ;^>

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 20, 2009.

What's wrong with "a bar full of mixers and supplementary alcohols?"

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Reply by gr, Mar 20, 2009.

Clearly just that Philip hasn't got one.

Alternately, given that Sunshine doesn't seem to mind the Wine Friday routine, perhaps Snooth should consider an extra cube's worth of space to function as such a bar.

;^>

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Reply by fibo86, Mar 21, 2009.

gr your favorite maraschino makes an appearence again (not that I could blame you)? Do you get flor de cane rum over there? If so try it with the St Germaine (as you would a rusty nail half, half), quite yummy.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 21, 2009.

Sounds delicious... like most things with St Germain.

Have you ever heard of Licor 43? It's got a strong vanilla flavor. I'm looking for interesting recipes to play with for it.

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Reply by fibo86, Mar 22, 2009.

LLLLOVE licor 43 one of my favorites, am going to a master class which will contain licor 43 I'm sure, as this company has just taken it on so I should be able to send some to you. I used to have a book but I'll have to look hard as it was only 5cm (2inches) long with 6 pages however worst comes to worst, Yummy over ice cream

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 22, 2009.

Yes - the book that came with it had a bunch of cocktails and other uses, but, of course, all of them used a lot of Licor 43 in order to drive demand of the product.

I just don't think 2 oz Licor 43 topped up with mineral water is very interesting. I'm looking for something more exotic like 1.5 oz rum. 0.5 oz Licor 43, 0.75 oz lime juice, 0.25 oz Absinthe.

I tried a drink that was 1 oz each of Rum, Licor 43 and Chartreuse (green), but the Chartreuse dominated. Not sure who came up with those proportions!

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Reply by gr, Mar 23, 2009.

Re: Flor de Caña (which I presume is what you mean, fibo86), there's plenty out there in the US:

http://www.snooth.com/wines/flor+de...

In PA, however, it's special order only with a minimum of 6 bottles (in theory "to the store" but realistically unless you bring the other buyers in, the store's not just going to order it for kicks and figure they'll sell the rest):

http://www.lcb.state.pa.us/webapp/P...

I'll keep it in mind in the future.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 23, 2009.

@gr - The FdC 18 yo is on sale right now at Astor for $25. 7 yo at DUP for $21.50.

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