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#51 2017-04-17 20:05:17

jdonaghy
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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

I've thought about setting up a still, myself.

About to have some Wild Turkey 101. It will be a day.

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#52 2017-04-17 21:11:22

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

Today we tasted a good 18 months old organic Comté accompagned by a very pleasant organic sulphite free french red wine "No SO2" from "le domaine de Mayrac"

http://www.domaine-mayrac.fr/

http://www.goodwineonline.co.uk/acatalog/info-1356.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comt%C3%A9_cheese

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#53 2017-04-18 06:20:07

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

good wine & good cheese - a magical combination...

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#54 2017-10-12 18:52:48

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

^ what, i am the last poster here?

anyhow, here's another magical combination:

Beer and Bitter
(is that a thing already?)

i like a good buzz, and i know that not all alcohol gives the same sort of buzz. i also like a good taste.

here's something that caters to both (for me):

- good beer (i like IPA, which doesn't have to be particularly strong in alcohol content, but the balance between good hops==bitterness and malt==sweetness is important i guess)
- good bitter (i.e. liquor; something like fernet branca - but not too minty - or gammel dansk which has much less sugar)

what you do:
gulp of beer, sip of bitter.

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#55 2017-10-13 02:11:00

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

ohnonot wrote:

i like a good buzz, and i know that not all alcohol gives the same sort of buzz.

Strange but true.
My favourite in the winter is shochu and hot water. (proportions up to you)
Actually any spirit will work OK, but it should have some kind of aroma: whisky, rum, brandy all work OK but vodka... not really, and for some reason gin isn't suited to this either. The point is that the warmth and diluted alcohol let it into your bloodstream fast, so you can feel the effect more or less in real time as you drink, and so control it nicely...


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#56 2017-10-14 09:47:55

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

^ aah, warm beverages!
yours sounds really nice, esp. the "earthy" i read in the description.

soon it will be time for traditional mulled wine (Glühwein) again, which is of course ten times better when you make it yourself (they're selling the industrial stuff on the christmas markets everywhere).

and because you don't want to lose the precious alcohol, you boil the spices first:

  • 1 organic orange (not too big), sliced (everything, incl. the peel!)

  • 10-15 cloves

  • 3-4 "sticks" of cinnamon (this is a somewhat standardised size of a rolled piece of bark) (better break it down a little)

  • some raw cane sugar (not too much if you want to add honey later)

simmer in ~ half a liter of water. afterwards it's best to let it stand over night.

mix that with 2 liters of dry red wine (i use a southern cheap organic with high alcohol content), and heat gently.
iirc, alcohol evaporates at 80 degrees celsius.

serve in mugs and offer honey to stir in.
(honey should not be heated too much, so it's best to do it like that)

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another nice one when you have a cold coming on or just are cold and want a good night's sleep:
warm beer with honey.

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#57 2017-10-15 04:58:44

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

^up till a couple of years ago my wife and I ran a small restaurant - we had mulled wine on the menu, and I used to make a spicy syrup something like your recipe. If it's thick enough you can keep it in a bottle at room temperature, add a tablespoon to a heatproof glass of red wine and zap it in the microwave. Makes it all very easy. smile

FWIW, my recipe (just copy/pasting something I already had):

Mulled Wine recipe:

First make the syrup:
370g sugar
~500ml water
7g dried ginger, bruised(wrap it in a piece of cloth and hit it with a hammer)
7g cinnamon stick(~3sticks)
1.2g mace(or nutmeg)
2.5g cloves
zest of an orange (thinly shaved off yellow peel-not the white pith)

........simmer down to 400ml (medium syrup).
Put the orange peel in towards the end to keep the aroma.
I've got an accurate scale but you needn't be too fussy about exact quantities; anyway, change to your taste.
These spices (and the orange peel) all have a warming effect on the body.
This sweet spicy syrup will keep almost indefinitely in a bottle.

Then add abt. 1 tablespoon syrup to 1 glass of red wine (I use one of those French Duralex(?) heatproof glasses-mine holds 160ml so adjust syrup to suit the size of your glass/mug) and give it abt. 1.5 min. in a 500W microwave (again adjust the time to fit the size of your glass and power of your microwave- it should be hot but must not boil.)
I use a reasonably priced Cotes du Rhone-fruity with plenty of body so as not to be overwhelmed by the spices, but don't use anything too expensive.


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#58 2017-10-15 05:00:41

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

Along with sweet potato shochu, also rather fond of awamori from Okinawa. i don't think the Okinawans put hot water in it too often, but it's also good that way IMO.


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#59 2017-10-15 05:42:27

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)


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#60 2017-10-15 07:15:32

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

^^ nice recipe johnraff. making it that concentrated means it's really just spice & sweetness added to wine. mine actually adds some "juice".

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#61 2017-10-15 08:19:54

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^Ah yes, that would add an extra touch of sourness and freshness.

Last edited by johnraff (2017-10-16 03:51:07)


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#62 2017-10-15 16:56:23

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

Mostly a gin bastid these days, because weather. Never posted here because I figured G&Ts were a tad too plebeian for the Negroni and Whisky/Whiskey loving aristocracy, but an acquaintance recently gifted me a bottle of Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin (they've got an intriguing website, btw) and it's been really good drinking. More complex then the usual dry types. No idea what kinds of berries these German blokes find in that black forest of theirs, but it's definitely not your typical junipers. Works great with an orange peel (preferably infused with cloves) and some Fever-Tree Indian Tonic. Probably need to mix a martini to fully judge the gin, but I'm out of fresh vermouth. :/

Hey @johnraff. How's your pitching arm? Mind throwing some yuzu lemons my way?

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#63 2017-10-16 03:53:49

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

^The citrus family! There are other things here - "sudachi", "hana-yuzu" and many more. Move to SE Asia and you've got the Leprous Lime (wonderfully aromatic - leaves used a lot), Buddha Finger Lime...


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#64 2017-10-16 16:29:37

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

^ I live in SE Asia (Singapore) and have already experimented with various breeds, though never even seen this Buddha Finger Lime you're talking about. Best I've had in gin & tonic are probably the musk lime and Malaysian limequat, but neither compare to Yuzu. Obviously the other ingredients - make of gin, type of tonic, type of glass, size of ice cubes, other condiments - and the way you mix em plays a big part. If you have the time, you should try a good London Dry (Bombay Sapphire works okay, but I recommend Berry Bros. & Rudd No.3 if you can find it), some decent tonic water (1724 or Fever-Tree), a squeeze of fresh Yuzu lemon (plus an unsqueezed wedge thrown in) and a pinch of Wasanbon sugar. Yuzu lemon juice and some thin wedges also works great with beer, believe it or not. Pilsner (in matching glass) works best in my experience, but it goes great with regular department store Asahi or Kirin as well. Just make sure the beer's as cold as possible and stir in a spoon of gum/gomme syrup to give it some silkiness.

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#65 2017-10-17 03:15:06

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

glittersloth wrote:

this Buddha Finger Lime you're talking about

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-cul … 180949871/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha%27s_hand

BTW how do you rate Tanqueray gin? There's a bottle of it on the shelf, left over from Raffles'.


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#66 2017-10-17 03:51:05

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

^ Yes, I did a web search and didn't really recognize the shape. Not noticed it before. Will keep an eye out the next time I hit the market.

As for Tanqueray;
Their regular "Import Stock" London Dry is a tad too juniper-heavy for my tastes. More of a classic flavour, and a bit spiky as a result. Ironically, I think you should mix it as brazenly as possible - strong lime, high quinine tonic, maybe even a few drops of bitters - to get the best out of it. I personally prefer Tanqueray No.10 (or Ten, as on the bottle). A bit smoother. Apologies to you traditionalists, but I'm a "post-revival" kind of guy.

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#67 2017-10-17 05:55:34

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

^"London Dry" is what it is. I quite like G&T - although drink beer/happoshu most of the time - and will look into your previous suggestions about real tonic in Japan.


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#68 2018-03-17 19:44:42

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

Stolichnaya with ice and red grapefruit.
always mix your own drinks.

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#69 2018-03-17 20:41:25

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

Last night I was on the Guinness for Irish Day.


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#70 2018-03-17 22:33:00

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

Glendronach 18 - the Allardice. My favorite liquid on earth.

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#71 2018-06-01 05:54:46

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Back on Guinness, been drinking nothing but.


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#72 2018-08-25 05:32:30

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

Currently supping on Sapporo and Corona.  In a lager mood tonight.


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#73 2018-08-25 06:52:47

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

This muggy, sweaty, humid Japanese summer heat definitely calls for chilled lager IMO. If not out of the freezer, at least give those cans a couple of hours at the back of the fridge. At 0°C even "happoshu" (fake beer) tastes OK. "Mugi-to-hoppu" is the one I think comes closest to beer, and costs about 1/2.

My favourite only gets mentioned in the comments, but you might enjoy this 2013 article anyway:
Japan’s greatest faux beers - happoshu

While Japan's younger generation are getting increasingly turned off beer, understandably, the good news is that craft beers are starting to take off, so they might come back from those sweet alco-pops eventually. In walking distance of our apartment there are a couple of small bars with tasty craft beer on draught, and a good brewpub a bit further away. smile


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#74 2018-08-25 11:24:28

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Re: Club Lounge - What are you drinking now? (Alcoholic Version)

johnraff wrote:

At 0°C even "happoshu" (fake beer) tastes OK. "Mugi-to-hoppu" is the one I think comes closest to beer, and costs about 1/2.

may i ask what the japanese word for beer is, and how the above mentioned terms relate to it, and what the ethymology is?
does japan have a native word for beer? is beer native to japan?

PS:
and, sorry if i didn't catch that from your article, what exactly is fake beer? list of ingredients? manufacturing process?

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#75 2018-08-25 21:28:26

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@ohonot, it's "non-alcoholic" beer (has less than 1% alcohol)...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-alcohol_beer

In food and beverage (bars and restaurants, catering, etc...) we refer to it as "near beer". smile

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