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|Winterizing Your Bar|
For colder days, what you need are drinks with depth and complexity, ones that pack a punch and warm you up but with a subtlety that won't leave your throat on fire. Invest in these bottles and you'll have fireside-worthy cocktails to last you till spring when it's Corona and lime weather again.
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Amaro - The perfect digestivo (great with just a couple of ice cubes), this Italian liqueur really does help you digest after a big meal. If you find the standard variety too Jagermeistery, try Amaro Nonino - it's just bitter and herby enough.
Rye Whiskey - Less sweet than bourbon, rye holds up better in cocktails that call for whiskey. A quality rye needs only an ice cube or two, but for something smoother, try this:
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Old-Fashioned - 1 sugar cube, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 2 oz. rye whiskey, 1 Amarena cherry - The sugar and bitters take just enough edge off the liquor. Muddle them with a little warm water, and when the sugar dissolves, add the rye and some ice, stir vigorously, and drop in the cherry (not the neon red kind).
AppleJack - The world's only maker of AppleJack - a cider-based spirit - is Laird's, a distillery in New Jersey that's been producing it since the 1600s. And the number one reason to stock your bar with it is to make the following:
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Jack Rose - 2 oz. AppleJack, 1 oz. lime juice, 1/2 oz. grenadine - Like the sidecar, this is one of the most deceptively boozy cocktails you'll ever drink five of. And it's not the same when made with easier-to-find apple brandy. Shake the ingredients with ice, strain, and you're good to go.
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Red Vermouth - Vermouth might play a bit part, but it's the difference between an awesome cocktail and an overly saccharine one. Dolin, a vermouth from the French town of Chambery that has just become available in the U.S., is so light and dry you should consider drinking it on the rocks with a twist of lemon. Or use it to make the ultimate cold-weather cocktail:
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Manhattan - 3 oz. rye whiskey, 1 oz. red vermouth, 2 dashes Fee Brothers bitters, 1 Amarena cherry - You could shake a Manhattan, but you really should stir and strain it into a glass (straight up or rocks - your call). And while Angostura's bitters are the standard, the whiskey-barrel-aged ones from Fee Brothers add hints of smokiness and cinnamon. You know, for the holidays.
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Clear Creek Oregon Brandy - Distilled from grapes and aged in French oak, this brandy is not unlike a Cognac - smooth, rich, and ideal for one of the most drinkable and warming cocktails around:
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Sidecar - 1 1/2 oz. brandy, 3/4 oz. Cointreau, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, orange peel - Shake the first three ingredients with ice, strain into a glass, and garnish with an orange peel. Also try squeezing the peel over a lit match while holding it above the glass. This gives the drink's surface a thin layer of concentrated orange flavor, but mostly it just impresses noobs.
|Just giving people thoughtful alternatives for champagne on New Year's as well as the rest of the remaining winter months. Hope everyone has fun and doesn't get too shit-faced and whatnot. List is just good albums.|
|I addressed that last week:|
|fantastic list. I make a damn fine Manhattan your variation is intriguing. Also Old-Fashioned gets you drunk in a hurry. |
no fireball ;)
2 is pretty sweet
|The drink or the album?|
|fuck this fancy shit just need me some whiskey|
|just give me cum in a beaker|
|surprised by the lack of a nice scotch. Also hot drinks.|
|manhattans are great winter drinks.|
white russians, too, if you make them right (fuck kaluha).
|Nice Scotch is a staple for me year round, but yeah, it is probably best suited for the winter. Besides, wanted to make a more drink-oriented list.|
|these lists rule dude. you and hans should start a bar & grill.|
|Thanks man. That would be pretty cool, haha. Perhaps we could come to an agreement on a high-end pub with equal emphasis on quality beer/drinks, food, and sports.|
|so this Fee Brothers bitters is it readily available? Because I have christmased up my Manhattan's with a stick of cinnamon but that sounds easier. |
Also just out of curiosity how do you prepare your martini?
|I just drink vodka rum whiskey and beer. Being a college student is fun.|
|Shouldn't be too hard to find in a reputable/sizable liquor store.|
|I love your alcohol based lists. :^D|
|Thanks a lot. Should do another installment of my cooking guide here soon.|
|I don't always drink while on Sputnik. But when I do, I browse Angel of Death. - The Dos Equis Guy|
|Lol. Trying to at least become The Second Most Interesting Man in the World.|
|Heard of Manhattans but never drank an y of these.|
|"I love your alcohol based lists. :^D" This. And the food ones, too. Most likely some of the most innvoative lists here on sputnik. |