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Jul 1, 2008, 12:24 PM
 
I am enjoying my gin and tonic with its banal slice of lemon, but it lacks panache.

Inspire me.

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Jul 1, 2008, 12:55 PM
 
Vodka and orange?

You can't buy good gin where I live, but you can buy good vodka.

What else is good with vodka?
     
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Jul 1, 2008, 12:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by Tiresias View Post
Vodka and orange?

You can't buy good gin where I live, but you can buy good vodka.

What else is good with vodka?
Extry dry martini.

Also, caipirinha's are really good.
     
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Originally Posted by Tiresias View Post
Vodka and orange?
Yes, exactly. great way to get my daily allowance of Vodka and Vitamin C.
     
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Originally Posted by k squared View Post
Also, caipirinha's are really good.
Yes, I just wanted to mention that.

Rather hard to find in the US, all you get is Mojito (uugh).

I always bringing back Cachaça Pitú when I go to Germany, so I can make my own Caipi.
For some reason, it's rather expensive or hard to find in the US.

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Jul 1, 2008, 01:08 PM
 
Caipirinhas look fantastic. Sadly, apart from vodka, you can't get a single one of those ingredients here.

     
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Jul 1, 2008, 01:27 PM
 
Well, you could mail order it, but it's expensive as heck:

SendLiquor.com - Rum: Pitu Cachaca Brazilian Rum 1lt

I buy it for like EUR 10-15 in Germany.

By now, I even have my mom trained to bring Pitu when she comes to visit

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Jul 1, 2008, 02:15 PM
 
If you're using vodka, it's a caipiroska. It's only a caipirinha if you use real cachaca. I worked in a high-end latin joint and we had both mojitos and caipirinhas. Unfortunately for me, I think caipirinhas taste like butt, as a direct result of the cachaca. We used two different brands, imported whatever, but I forget what it was. For our mojitos we used various kinds of bacardi, real sugar water, fresh muddled mint and it was served with a sugar cane. Mango mojitos(mango puree added) were pretty nice, other flavors were made thru the use of flavored rums.

I like a good mojito, but they're too "mojito-y" to drink all night.

A properly made mai-tai is good, also getting your allowance of fruit juices. Make sure there's a couple of different rums in there. Serve it with a fresh pineapple wedge.

Espresso martinis are awesome, just have one though. The espresso flavored vodkas out there are great(Van Gogh, they have two of them*), and some place will serve you an espresso martini without a shot of real espresso poured in, with the espresso flavor coming just from the vodka. I prefer a shot of espresso shaken in with my espresso martini though. I will occasionally have some espresso vodka neat or on the rocks, but that's for sippin'.

I like belvedere orange vodka with tonic. I'll muddle an orange slice in as I drink, while scoping for trim.

Don't knock their flavored vodkas till you try them:
Van Gogh Vodka - Super Premium Vodka, Flavored Vodka, and Gin

*Van Gogh makes an espresso vodka, and a DOUBLE espresso vodka. The 'double' variety is caffeinated and coffee colored. Their regular clear espresso flavor is not caffeinated, allowing for a shot of espresso to be poured in.
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Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
I worked in a high-end latin joint and we had both mojitos and caipirinhas. Unfortunately for me, I think caipirinhas taste like butt, as a direct result of the cachaca.
That's odd. I have never heard of that before.

Maybe that high-end cachaca had a very special flavor.

Cachaca Pitu is really nice and smooth.

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Jul 1, 2008, 02:26 PM
 
Mix half a pint of lager and half a pint of cider - snakebite !!!

By the way, thats alcoholic cider you need.

For those that like a bit of sweetness, add in some blackcurrant syrup - thats a Purple Meanie.
     
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Jul 1, 2008, 02:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by Tiresias View Post
Caipirinhas look fantastic. Sadly, apart from vodka, you can't get a single one of those ingredients here.

i must be missing something. where in the world can't you get sugar and lime? and it doesn't use vodka.

in your link, the drink is: cachaça, sugar and lime
     
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Jul 1, 2008, 02:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
That's odd. I have never heard of that before.

Maybe that high-end cachaca had a very special flavor.

Cachaca Pitu is really nice and smooth.

-t

From my understanding, it was a popular, run-of-the-mill cachaca. I only pointed out that the restaurant was high-end so people didn't think it was some florida taco place that didn't know what it was doing. : )

(we had no tacos)
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Jul 1, 2008, 03:22 PM
 
Perhaps you just need a different brand of gin.
I really like Hendricks. It is a bit pricey, but very refreshing.
     
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Originally Posted by residentEvil View Post
i must be missing something. where in the world can't you get sugar and lime? and it doesn't use vodka.

in your link, the drink is: cachaça, sugar and lime
South Korea. You can't get fresh limes anywhere. Nor Cachaça.

You can find lemons though. At almost a dollar each.
     
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Jul 1, 2008, 03:48 PM
 
Hairy navel.

Like a fuzzy navel but with a little more punch.

Take a fuzzy navel, add a splash of pineapple juice and a shot of Stoli Vanilla. Tastes like an orange creamsicle without being overly sweet. Chicks like it too.

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Jul 1, 2008, 08:13 PM
 
Two fine mixed drinks:

French brandy + tonic -- ice optional and french brandy can be substituted with french calvados

Gin + splash of dry vermouth (french or spanish) -- green olive and ice not optional
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Jul 1, 2008, 11:25 PM
 
I like a good Jameson and Jameson every now and again.

Start with a good amount of Jameson in a rocks glass (no ice). Add a splash more Jameson. Delicious!
     
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Jul 1, 2008, 11:28 PM
 
Oh. Let me state there's a bar in Grosse Pointe Michigan that makes their own flavoured vodkas, they have one that is swedish fish (the candy) flavoured. It's ****ing fantastic.
     
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that sounds like fun.
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Jul 2, 2008, 01:03 AM
 
Jaeger and Rockstar, 50/50 mix ratio.
     
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all energy drinks should die
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Jul 2, 2008, 01:27 AM
 
Hendrick's is really good, Redbreast is really good, Zapadores is really good, but if you want a mixed drink...

Highball, Margarita, Daquiri, Bloody Mary... These are drinks you should know and live by (Although, only the Bloody Mary is a vodka drink).

Always use the freshest ingredients you can get your hands on (Never ever substitute lemon juice from a bottle if it calls for sweet and sour mix [Which is just lemon juice and sugar]). But for the basic drinkability test, a highball gets very high marks from me for being so simple and yet drinkable (Ginger ale and whiskey. It doesn't get much simpler than that.)

And Hendrick's gin and tonic with cucumber is amazing.

Get yourself a taste for good beers and you'll never go back...

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Ah, what the heck:
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Jul 2, 2008, 01:48 AM
 
Brass Monkey - vodka, dark rum, and OJ
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Jul 2, 2008, 02:28 AM
 
yeah, a GOOD bloody mary is nice on a hot day. I prefer mine a bit spicy, horseradish for that. No olives. Yes celery and lime.
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Jul 2, 2008, 03:23 AM
 
Vodka and sparkling/mineral water - 50/50. So refreshing. So simple. Add a twist of lime if you must.

White Russian. The classic. Also black russian if you don't like your drinks creamy. Don't add coke if you know what's best for you!

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Jul 2, 2008, 08:23 AM
 
Originally Posted by King Bob On The Cob View Post
And Hendrick's gin and tonic with cucumber is amazing.
Cucumber you say? I'll try it.
     
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Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
Vodka and sparkling/mineral water - 50/50. So refreshing. So simple. Add a twist of lime if you must.
I'm gonna give this a shot too.

Thanks.
     
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Jul 2, 2008, 09:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by mydog8mymac View Post
Perhaps you just need a different brand of gin.
I really like Hendricks. It is a bit pricey, but very refreshing.
Seconding Hendricks- lovely stuff.
     
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Originally Posted by Tiresias View Post
Cucumber you say? I'll try it.
Hendricks Gin is already flavored with cucumber, but a bit more does add a nice twist.
     
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Jack Daniels and Diet Dr. Pepper. Weird, I know. But for some reason it works. Jack and Coke is still my favorite though.
     
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Jack Daniels and Diet Dr. Pepper. Weird, I know. But for some reason it works. Jack and Coke is still my favorite though.
Dr. Pepper FTW. I love this stuff so much. You have to be really lucky to find Dr. Pepper in France.

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Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
MUST FIND SOME DR. PEPPER
Come on, just mix it yourself. It's only 23 different flavors

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Jul 2, 2008, 11:03 AM
 
Originally Posted by - - e r i k - - View Post
Vodka and sparkling/mineral water - 50/50. So refreshing. So simple. Add a twist of lime if you must.
That is a good combination, but very dangerous because it is very easy to drink fast. I have finished half a liter of vodka in less than an hour by using that mix and didn't even notice it.

Approach with caution, but it's good stuff.
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Jul 2, 2008, 04:15 PM
 
Good 'ol Jim Beam, or Maker's Mark... and ice. Anything else misses the point.

However, I tried a Lynchburg Lemonade the other day.. not too bad for a hot day..

Vodka & cranberry juice perhaps?
     
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Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
yeah, a GOOD bloody mary is nice on a hot day. I prefer mine a bit spicy, horseradish for that. No olives. Yes celery and lime.
Yes spicy. Yes olives. Yes pickles, celery, what other veggies you got hanging around, let's make a vodka salad.
     
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all energy drinks should die
I mean, really, just give me the jaeger.
     
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Originally Posted by scaught View Post
Yes spicy. Yes olives. Yes pickles, celery, what other veggies you got hanging around, let's make a vodka salad.
I wash mine down with eggs bennedict. But that's just me.
     
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can't go wrong with a bloody mary, extra spicy with 3 green olives and a celery stick for garnish.
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If you want a good shot I'd reccomend sex with an alligator

sweet and sour mix
Midori melon liqueur
1/2 oz Chambord
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Vodka and ice tea with a lemon is good
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Dark and Stormy. They're sorta my new 'thing'.



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Jul 8, 2008, 02:59 AM
 
Never seen Ginger Beer around here.

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Jul 8, 2008, 07:53 AM
 
I reckon you could substitute with some ginger ale and a splash of ginger extract.
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Jul 8, 2008, 09:07 AM
 
pffft, mixed drinks are for girlie-man types.

Single malt or Canadian Rye, straight up. The only booze I keep in the house. Sipped slowly, with your feet up.

P.S. preferences to Dalwhinnie or Laphroaig, and Canadian Club Classic or Reserve
     
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Jul 8, 2008, 09:22 AM
 
Gin and club soda with lime wedge. (I personally can't stand tonic).

That said, wine is my drink of choice.
     
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pffft, mixed drinks are for girlie-man types.
You say that like it's an insult.
     
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only if your not one of these guys
     
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Originally Posted by Kvasir View Post
pffft, mixed drinks are for girlie-man types.
Apparently you've never experienced hot weather before.
     
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Originally Posted by ElRae View Post
Apparently you've never experienced hot weather before.
Poor argument, since alcohol actually helps dehydrate you and interferes with your body's own ability to thermoregulate. If your argument is for a cool drink on a hot day, fine, but ideally then, it should not contain any alcohol at all. At least if your goal is relief from the heat.

And trust me, in central Virginia, it gets hot, and sticky - I hate summer here and tend to head for the A/C through most of July, August and September.
     
 
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