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Have been big for a decade but the ones I read about sound odious. I'm giving up my generation when I say that the only ones I can understand are a gin martini, a Rob Roy, and something from my youth that was called a Bootlegger: 1/3 gin or vodka, 1/3 grapefruit juice and 1/3 volume crushed mint, tossed in a blender with ice. Heavenly, but I recall making some rather bizarre decisions after several.

 

So, considering that I abhor sweet drinks, what's worth drinking today? No cranberry juice, please, or too much lime as I vaguely remember a grotesque experience with gimlets. Ah, and no Bourbon.

 

Again, nothing sweet.

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I love a good Aviation.

 

Edit: Just realized a friend still has my copy of "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails", and it's been a while since I made one at home, but the ingredients are gin (2oz), maraschino liqueur (.5oz), lemon juice (.75oz). The classic version IIRC had a few drops of Creme de Violette or Creme Yvette.

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Nothing beats a proper Manhattan.

 

Indeed. I think a Rob Roy is essentially a Scotch Manhattan.

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The Bootlegger sounds delicious, and brought to mind my beverages of choice in Cuba: mojitos and daiquiris.

 

A restaurant called Doña Eutimia serves a Mojito Frappe, basically a blended Mojito. The classic is mint muddled with sugar and lime, add rum and a splash of club soda.

 

Since Daiquiris in Cuba are almost always served blended, on further thought I guess a Mojito Frappe is really just a Daiquiri with mint :)

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Bootleggers are sublime. On a sizzling hot summer day, you can down them like lemonade. But that kills the day if not the week.

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Bootleggers are sublime. On a sizzling hot summer day, you can down them like lemonade. But that kills the day if not the week.

 

My mint plant is going wild, and if this tastes half as good as it sounds, it might become my Drink Of Summer. Thank you!

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Vieux Carre

 

3/4 oz. rye whiskey
3/4 oz. Cognac
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
1 barspoon Bénédictine
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Glass: Old Fashioned
Garnish: cherry

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Vieux Carre

 

3/4 oz. rye whiskey

3/4 oz. Cognac

3/4 oz. sweet vermouth

1 barspoon Bénédictine

2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

2 dashes Angostura bitters

 

Glass: Old Fashioned

Garnish: cherry

 

Damn you, Sneak. Now I have to go buy Benedictine (now that I've gotten over to my aversion to it after a really bad hangover thanks to multiple B & Bs -- after a Stinger) OOOOUCH. Not to mention the pre-meal cocktails and wine with dinner :ph43r: .

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You are going to LOVE that drink, Evelyn.

 

 

That's what I'm afraid of :ph43r: :P :ph43r: .

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Just to name-drop, I was with Frank Bruni when he had his first Vieux Carré.

 

I guaranty you it wasn't his last.

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Have been big for a decade but the ones I read about sound odious. I'm giving up my generation when I say that the only ones I can understand are a gin martini, a Rob Roy, and something from my youth that was called a Bootlegger: 1/3 gin or vodka, 1/3 grapefruit juice and 1/3 volume crushed mint, tossed in a blender with ice. Heavenly, but I recall making some rather bizarre decisions after several.

 

So, considering that I abhor sweet drinks, what's worth drinking today? No cranberry juice, please, or too much lime as I vaguely remember a grotesque experience with gimlets. Ah, and no Bourbon.

 

Again, nothing sweet.

 

Since you don't like sweet, I don't think a VC or Manhattan would be up your alley. Also, your stip that no bourbon may also mean that rye isn't your favorite either, but if you like rye, than a Perfect Manhattan or even a dry Manhattan are great. Most of the spinoffs are pretty damn good too (Little Italy, Greenpoint, etc.).

 

In summer, there's nothing better than a properly made Tom Collins or Gin Rickey or Gin & Tonic (with good tonic).

 

There's the Jasmine. The Negroni. Mentioned above - the Aviation. The Corpse Reviver #2. The Pegu Club.

 

If you like tequila, I recommend the La Rosita.

 

If it's rum, a Hemingway Daiquiri or a Papa Doble.

 

Kindred Cocktails and Cocktail DB are good resources if you don't have a bunch of cocktail books.

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