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4 hours ago, bloviatrix said:

I actually have all the ingredients as well. Question - how long does dry vermouth last once opened?

I use a vacu-vin (sp. ?) once I open a bottle of vermouth, and keep the bottle refrigerated.  They’ll last at least 3-4 weeks that way. And fwiw, I mostly buy and use 375 ml bottles, except when that’s impossible.

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From the book Imbibe!, General Burnside's Favorite.  I made the lower-strength variation; for the original, use 2 oz. brandy, 1 oz. rum, 3/4 oz. orgeat, and juice from half a lemon.

  • 1 1/2 oz. brandy
  • 3/4 oz. Jamaican rum
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice

Rinse a mug or London dock glass with hot water. Add the ingredients in the mug or glass, fill with hot water, stir well, and top with grated nutmeg.


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I love gin lemonade, but I felt like I'd had gin for about 184 nights in a row and was trying to mix it up.

The recipe instructions were to roast the lemons for 20:00 (this is not long enough) and to muddle every damn thing together including all the liquid. That way lies madness. Also, too much sugar, because everything has too much sugar.

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Martinez muddle.

Some months ago, I made the Martinez from Paul Harrington's book, assuming he'd be right on the ingredients. He suggests: gin, Cointreau, dry vermouth, Angostura bitters.

It wasn't very nice. Then I realized the Martinez (plural?) I drank in bars were made with sweet vermouth. Was it an error? I have since seen recipes that call for equal dry and sweet vermouth. I continued making the Harrington Martinez using sweet instead of dry. Nice drink.

But I ordered a Martinez in Barcelona from someone who knew what they were doing and I noticed him pouring Luxardo maraschino not Cointreau. I now see it has been made that way since at least the 1880s. And I have now made it that way and it is good.

But I still like the drink with gin, Cointreau, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters. I just don't know if it has a name.


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59 minutes ago, small h said:

I use the Nomad recipe, which has Luxardo and sweet vermouth, Old Tom gin, angostora bitters and no Cointreau.

Yeah, Leo liked to name his gin. As a matter of fact, he calls out Antica for the vermouth. And Hayman's for the Old Tom.

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The first bottle of Absinthe I ever bought, I didn't know it had like a 385% ABV and that you have to cut it with A LOT of water, so I drink a glass of it straight.  I wondered where that louche thing was supposed to come from.

But mainly, my head has never quite felt like that before or since.

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