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by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 14, 2007 4:23 AM PDT

Survey!

Hello Everyone,

Yes, I surfaced again. This time, the Q is : What is your favourite liquor (if you drink, that is!). Mine is a weird potion from Hungary known as bitters - brand is Unicum, made by the house of Zwack. It's 42% alcohol, rest is herbal extracts, over forty different ingredients - *secret recipe*. Takes a bit of getting used to, but is great as an apertif. A few weeks ago I happened on it in the "bargain bin" at my local 'package' store. It was 20% off, so I figured what the heck and got a bottle. Anyhoo, if anyone here has ever tried it, please let me know what you think and or mention your fave alcohol too.

Cheers!

Rick " no miniskirt (right now) " Jones :^)

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angostura with coke and ice is ok
by jonah jones / March 14, 2007 4:51 AM PDT

and it will make (any) cheap alcohol palatable....
also good with warm water for those "morning after the night before" attacks....


short drink? arak/ouzo/pernod on ice, long drink, brandy with soda or coke on ice


jonah "roll on summer evenings" jones

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brandy with soda?
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 19, 2007 4:23 AM PDT

Hi Jonah,

Yow, that's a new one for me. I'd always thought brandy was the kind of drink one has only 'neat'. Then again, I know people who mix
good scotch with Gatorade, so.... Happy

Rick

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If not beer? A good tequila.
by grimgraphix / March 14, 2007 5:03 AM PDT

The difference between Tequila and Mezcal is the preparation of the agave cactus the liquor is made of.

Mezcal requires the agave cactus to be roasted over open coals or heated rocks as opposed to tequila where agave can be roasted in large ovens. The roasting process can effect the flavor much like peat smoking the ingredients for scotch. With tequila and mezcal, the best brands are 100% agave although some higher end brands do supplement the original "mash" with sugar cane as do most the cheaper. The lowest quality mezcal only requires 51% of the liquid be agave to qualify as mezcal... tequila from TEQUILA has higher standards. Most tequila is cut with water to 80 proof (40% alcohol) after being double or sometimes triple distilled. The liquid is aged in a variety of containers... some distilleries buy up used bourbon barrels... others prefer fresh made white oak. However it is done the average age period is 6 months to a year where as some will be aged 3 years or longer. Reposado is usually aged for a year and A

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bad experiences with it...
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 19, 2007 4:28 AM PDT

Hi Grim,

Tequila has not been kind to me, too many times meeting the floor. So I stay away, besides the occasional Margarita. Here in Texas it's mighty popular, some bars serve a tremendous variety.

Rick

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(NT) graygoose martini straight up no vermouth
by Mark5019 / March 14, 2007 5:15 AM PDT
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good brand!
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 19, 2007 4:31 AM PDT

Hi Mark,

Here in Texas one can get a brand called Tito's, made in Austin. Very nice, flavourful stuff - not as smooth as Grey Goose, but more complex, I think. And cheaper! Happy Give it a try if ya can find it, just might like it.

Rick

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Jameson. Neat.
by Angeline Booher / March 20, 2007 8:02 AM PDT

I've been "nursing" the same bottle for 4 years, which shows how often I imbibe, Happy

I have about 4-6 Bloody Mary's a year.

Angeline
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Good practice
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 3:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Jameson. Neat.

Hi Angeline,

That's Irish whisk(e)y, right? A friend introduced me to " Tullamore Dew " a few years back - good stuff. I got 'into' Scotch single malts then, still like to have a shot or six, but probably should follow your example more - my liver has taken a bit of punishment over the years - ! - and is starting to "tell" me about it. Wink

Bloody Marys are perhaps one of my fave "morning after" remedies - there's a V8 type tomato drink called "Snap-e-tom" that's excellent for a substitute, it's got green chiles in it, gives it 'zing' and not too hot - also put in a celery stalk, maybe a bit of garlic, too.

Best wishes to you and yours,

Rick " Chocobunnies are on sale! Yippee! " Jones Happy

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To be honest.....
by Angeline Booher / March 22, 2007 5:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Good practice

....in my case, I now look upon a drink as part of a social occasion, so it's no fun to drink alone. Happy

Irish should be sipped and relished, just like Guinness. Happy

A few times a year some of us ladies get together for lunch at each other's houses. They like bourbon, so have the fixin's for bloody Mary's for me.

Now, in my wild and woolly days I went for Pink Ladies, sloe gin fizzes, or Canadian Club or Seagram. Learned my lesson back then. Happy

Angeline
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Sloe gin
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 10:16 PM PDT
In reply to: To be honest.....

Hi Angeline,

Wow, have not heard of sloe gin in years. My best friend used to like to drink that straight. Nowadays he's a teetotaler [ is that word ever used anymore? Happy ]

Guinness is "the bomb" for me, on Fridays at my local ice house that's what I drink first, while my palate is still fresh. Sometimes mix it with a lager for a 'Black and Tan' - just to stretch it out. But best by itself, at 'room temp' or at least let it warm up a bit if refrigerated to begin with. Mmmmm, lovely potion! I can see why those monks would drink ale (and no food at all) for Lent, called it "liquid
bread". It's gotta have some kind of curative properties, right? Wink

Rick " can't wait till five, now " Jones

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Ever try "Shandy"?
by Angeline Booher / March 23, 2007 12:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Sloe gin

That's (preferably) Harp mixed about half and half with lemonade.

Tasty even for those who don't like beer.:-) I've done that when un-tasty brews are all that's available.

Guinness is served cool. When I've had stout at microbreweries, it is always cold, so I let it "warm up".

Angeline
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inneresting
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 26, 2007 2:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Ever try "Shandy"?

Hi Angeline,

Sorry for the late reply. Nope, never even heard of such a thing, but will try it. Speaking of stouts, used to get a microbrew that was like, about twice as stout as the ole "G" - stuff was like motor oil, but mighty good! Wink it mixed well with Harp, one of my faves, though a tad hard to get here in "regular" bars.

Cheers!

Rick

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shandy..... 50-50 light beer and lemonade
by jonah jones / March 26, 2007 3:00 AM PDT
In reply to: inneresting

sparkly stuff (Sprite?)

very popular in the UK in the summer, and known in Germany as spetzi(sp) very popular on a HOT day as a thirst quencher

the % of beer to lemonade is of course a matter of taste, i know some people who will add a 'splash' of lemonade to 'hide' the bitter flavour of beer, and some who will add a 'splash' of beer to 'hide' the sweetness of the lemonade Wink


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Ouzo
by PudgyOne / March 20, 2007 8:13 AM PDT

Take a couple of shots and call me in the morning.


Rick

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Ok, Doctor Rick :)
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 3:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Ouzo

I'll tell my pals that the reason I'm smashed was "doctor's orders" - think that'll fly? Happy

Rick " shaken and stirred " Jones

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