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Favorite Cocktail?


I drink beer. I don't drink wine. I am hit and miss with mixed drinks. I go on "fads"...Makers Mark and coke, Captain and Dr. Pepper, a good mojito....

What do you guys like? and what should I definitely try.
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Great Topic!

I too am a beer and bourbon guy myself!
I mostly stay away from the wine and fruity
concoctions due to the hangover factor....

Makers and coke es goot! emoticon

I usually like my whiskey on the rox or
straight with a water or soda back. One
slightly odd variation that I enjoy is Jack
Daniels and diet Dr. Pepper... Try it, really
is [sign in to see URL] Dr. Pepper is a little
to sweet with whiskey but diet does the
trick!

Although strawberry daquiri's are good when
your hungover sitting pool side in Vegas
when it's 110o, and your trying to piece
together the prior nights events and how
much you dropped at the Olympic Gardens!!!
It's like an alchoholic candy bar! LOL!

Hmmm I likes me an occasional ice cold
Jaeger shooter or an Irish Car Bomb as well!!

Oh [sign in to see URL]'s still happy hour...

Gotta run! emoticon

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Great topic, Tom!

When I wasn't drinking beer or wine I used be a strictly Rum and Coke w/Lime guy. Gotta respect the Boriqua. But I've expanded out a little lately.

I had always also liked a good old fashion Gin and Tonic, but the wine bar I worked at expanded to full bar and we started get some good-ass gins in. And I realized that tonic just over powers the great flavors of a premium gin, so I switched to gin martinis (with equally good dry vermouth).

I like them just a little dirty. A teeny splash of olive juice in the shaker.

Favorite Gins:

Hendrix-A pretty old fashioned Scottish style. Classic Juniper berry with a little rose.

Aviation-From House Spirits Distillery in Portland, OR. This Gin !@#$ ROCKS. Not too botanically that is clashes with vermouth or tonic. And not too old-school that it isn't interesting.

Dry Fly-From Spokane, WA. Also, !@#$ rocks, but not as much as their Vodka, which absolutely destroys Medyoff, Belvedere, Grey Goose, etc, etc. But I hear the owner is dick, for whatever that's worth.

I don't like Scotch, but I appreciate it big time. Some of the ones that really blew my mind recently:

Macallan: Their 18 year old is aged in used Sherry barrels. Dope

Laphroig: Weird ass stuff. Kinda reminds me of chloroseptic. But it's GOOD.

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the chloreseptic is the peet moss. Love single malt scotches.

Mainly drink wine, but it gets a tad expensive. If I am drinking beer it usually is Gordon Biersch (my old employers). Sierra is also around. More of a vodka guy myself but understand the lure of gin
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Tom

I am no connoisseur, nor an expert in the various brand fields of this topic.
(Though if effort, determination and longevity counts, then I do qualify to have an opinion.)

Because of the above, I am not qualified to haughtily point out the best brand of gin. I just know that cheap gin sucks.

SO... based on that--

Give a T and T binge a chance sometime.

I personally prefer a dash of rose's lime juice along with a fresh squeeze of LJ, in my tanqueray and tonic's.
But that's because I tend to drink them in 50-50 ratios, and do so as if they were shots.
Seriously.
And also because I don't really "favor the flavor" of alcohol-- nor do I like overly sweet drinks.
T and T's are perfect in that regard. They do not contain a bunch of extra sugar or loads of fruit juice that will make you sick eventually.
They don't taste so strong that you end up gagging if you pound them. Nor do they burn your throat when downing them in one or two large gulps.
And for those who like to keep people guessing if they are even drinking alcohol or not..
 (or hide the fact that they are)
....If you go light on the rose's LJ ...(which imparts a slightly yellowish tint if you add a boatload of it).. then your drink just looks like 7 up, or even water.
Plus with enough LJ and rose's, you can make an *incredibly strong* drink, and it's still quite drinkable even if you hate the taste of nearly pure alcohol.
That comes in handy for those times when for whatever reason, you are going to be limited to carrying around ONE giant drink, without easy access, or even any access to refills.
Just be sure to have plenty of ice in those situations. Otherwise, !@#$ the ice, it just takes up space.
And one last but not least advantage of T and T's.
Even though all alcohol imparts a stink breath, I personally have found that women find my "stinking of gin" to be one of the lesser evils in terms of alcohol breath related turn-offs, since Lime juice is a bacteria killer.
(and a lime wedge hastily stolen out of the barmaids drink garnish bins, is a great and readily available emergency mouthwash)
And speaking of that-- I have survived a mass food poisoning that hit our entire crew after sharing sushi and oyster shooters-- and I credit the gin and lime juice for that. In fact, the only other guy who also survived it without puking, was one of my friend's who was also drinking the heavy duty proportions of gin and lime juice.
While everyone else puked for hours (some even ending up in the hospital) myself and my gin drinking friend merely blew a giant stream of oysters, clams, tuna and gin out of our asses, and went right back to partying.
Good times, good times.


PS- I chose that particular binge drink, long before this guy below made Tanqueray popular again.
(and continue to drink it in SPITE of his image that he has lended to the product)
And it was mostly due to the fact that T and T's mix well with other off-setting substances.
Not that I ever had any experience with that back then.
It was just an overly- precautionary method I chose in the 80's in case anyone ever slipped anything up my nose.
!@#$ happens. It's best to always be prepared.

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the chloreseptic is the peet moss. Love single malt scotches.

Mainly drink wine, but it gets a tad expensive. If I am drinking beer it usually is Gordon Biersch (my old employers). Sierra is also around. More of a vodka guy myself but understand the lure of gin



You should try and get a bottle of that dryfly, Clash. SOOOO good.

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I pretty much leave the hard stuff on shelf these days, although there was a time when Crown on the rocks was the go to beverage. On the cocktail front though, I will from time to time imbibe, and recently had the pleasure of sampling the wares at Mourad Lahlou’s Aziza, which in addition to wonderful food has a pretty interesting mix of cocktails featuring a wide variety of muddled herbs, spices and fruits:

]Aziza Cocktails

I found the Tangerine to be quite wonderful, and if you by chance find yourself out in the Richmond, give it a try for both food and beverage and you will not be disappointed


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Rum and diet coke for me when I'm drinking the hard stuff. Always looking for a good chardonnay. And, if it is [sign in to see URL] with lime.

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the chloreseptic is the peet moss. Love single malt scotches.

Mainly drink wine, but it gets a tad expensive. If I am drinking beer it usually is Gordon Biersch (my old employers). Sierra is also around. More of a vodka guy myself but understand the lure of gin



You should try and get a bottle of that dryfly, Clash. SOOOO good.





What is this Dryfly you speak of?
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]Dry Fly Distillery

From Eastern Washington. Best vodka I've ever tasted.

It's a little more complex than your typical russian-style charcoal filtered style. Tons of aroma and an uncanny sweetness.

Actually goes really good with tonic.

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