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  • Reply to: Hugo Montenegro   by   4 months 2 weeks ago

    Have you ever had one of those nights where you wanted a real satisfying cocktail, but you just couldn't think of it or find it in your Kindred Cocktails cocktail book? NOTHING really appealed to you? Well, of course you have. We all have! That's why Kindred Cocktails is so important to you and to me. And guess what? I happened upon, in Kindred Cocktails, the drink that just may do on one of those "nothing will do" nights. It's the "Hugo Montenegro."

    I was having one of those "nothing will do" nights, when I stumbled upon the "Hugo Montenegro." I usually have just one drink a night, but things changed upon my first sip of the "Hugo Montenegro." About 90 minutes later I had my second one, which went down oh so quickly, and with great satisfaction.

    It's a simple drink to make. Like most drinks in the Negroni family, there is an equal amount of each ingredient. I know how each ingredient in the "Hugo Montenegro" tastes on its own; but this is a case where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. So, rather than try to describe how this superb drink tastes, I will simply urge you to try it. Yes, its taste is complex; somewhat bitter, and somewhat sweet. And no particular taste overwhelms another (unless you use a Silver Tequila, which is bitter): I suggest a Reposado or Añejo style tequila to minimize that problem.

    I hope I've twieaked your interest in this lovely, thirst-quenching drink. Whether you like it or not, make a comment. And if there's a drink you find more thirst-quenching and satisfying, name it and give the recipe if it's not listed in Kindred Cocktails. Sharing is one of the great things I like about Kindred Cocktails. Without it, Kindred Cocktails would be just another mixology website.</p>

  • Reply to: Centaur   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Great cocktail

  • Reply to: Hotel D'Alsace   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Reminds me of the Monte Carlo. Nice!

  • Reply to: Negroni (Katie Loeb)   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    <br /> Still a Negroni with the predictable Campari bitterness. Nevertheless, the Katie Loeb Negroni is a refreshing variation of the traditional Negroni, made possible by the switch to Plymouth gin. One wouldn't think that switching from the standard Gin, such as Tangqueray, to Plymouth Gin would make much difference. But it does because Plymouth Gin is not as dry as your standard gin and it has a somewhat more "earthy" feel. Moreover, Plymouth Gin has a noticably softer juniper flavour. If you haven't tried the Katie Loeb Negroni, thinking it's just more of the same, I say try it; you'll be pleasantly surprised.

  • Reply to: Slope   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Curated this - because there was some confusion as to the proportions of this drink, I asked Julie Reiner and she sent me a picture of the recipe (which must be from The Craft Cocktail Party). Updated this to the specified brands - she's specific about them, changed 1 dash of Angostura to 2. Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: 100-Year-Old Cigar   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    A nice balance of complex flavors, eminently drinkable.

  • Reply to: Bread & Wine   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Curated this: as per the cited link (the old link was broken) changed the Scotch to Balvenie Doublewood. Added absinthe rinse to the ingredients and added garnish. Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: Rum Row Old Fashioned   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    I updated the link - the old TOTC one was a 404 error.  Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: Rum Row Old Fashioned   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Hmmm. 1 dash Ango Orange, but 1 drop Bittermen's Burlesque?

  • Reply to: Yellow Bell   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Used Uncle Val's Peppered Gin and Chartreuse VEP -- why not?  This cocktail is the real deal!

  • Reply to: Las Meninas   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

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    It's dun run out. So what bitters can be used in place of Abbotts?

  • Reply to: The Black Stallion Sets Sail   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    With subs of Vermouth del Professore and Smith & Cross, I really liked this one.

  • Reply to: Disco Ball   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    <br />I was skeptical about this cocktail. After all, it was very heavy on the Chartreuse side. But the one rating of a 5 said I had to try it. I anticipated the smokiness from the Mezcal, but I was pleasently surprised by the combination of both green and yellow Chartreuses. The recipe did not call for a garnish of any sorts, but I added a lime twist, which made the cocktail more complex and more interesting.

    The Disco is not Everyman's drink, but drinkers who enjoy a drink with a smoky flavor or Chartreuse will take to "The Disco Ball." However, I believe the drink will profit from a garnish of sorts, but I don't know--at this time--what the garnish should be. Bitters? Orange Twist? Lemon Twist? Grapefruit twist? Lime twist? Explore and let others know what you discover, please. Although I enjoyed this drink, the ingredients give a heavy taste, which is hard to overcome without a bitters or garnish of sorts. I rated this drink at 3.5. Imbibe, but drink responsibly.

  • Reply to: Per Sempre   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    Curated this to conform with the cited link. Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: Negroni Sans   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    Not bad;  I think less Sanbitter is better here.

    The recipe as written needs almost 7 oz of liquid and then ice as well and would over-fill most rocks glasses.

    An oz or two would probably be sufficient.

  • Reply to: Baby, You’re Driving   by   5 months 6 hours ago

    Curated to conform to source recipe, especially using Bison Grass vodka, which is very different from regular vodka.

  • Reply to: Per Sempre   by   5 months 12 hours ago

    The Hennessy site specifies Nonino as the amaro:

  • Reply to: Vieux Carré   by   5 months 19 hours ago

    Works wonders with Rittenhouse, Linie, Professore Vermouth, Benedictine, Ango and Peach Bitters! 

  • Reply to: Stenton   by   5 months 2 days ago

    Excellent. I used lemon because orange scares me (uh, and I didn't have one on hand). I'd try the orange next time.

    Update: Made again with orange juice and peel. Much better. I also sub'd a very strong and bitter version of Amer Boudreau for the CioCiaro. Excellent.

  • Reply to: Easy Speak   by   5 months 4 days ago

    Pretty good. For the unspecified bitters I used Angostura for one drink and Peychaud's for the other. Ango was better.

  • Reply to: Mark Twain Cocktail   by   5 months 1 week ago

    Prefer 2oz scotch and 1/2oz simple

  • Reply to: Eva Peron   by   5 months 1 week ago

    Never having tried it with Canton, I just made this with King's Ginger, 3/4 oz of lime, and soda instead of ginger beer.  I thought the flavor balance was good, not too sweet, but the ginger was more subtle than big-kick.

  • Reply to: Landing Gear Fizz   by   5 months 1 week ago

    Curated this: removed copyrighted text and rewrote it, added date, estimated the amount of soda at 3 ounces (this is a small 3.25 oz pre-chill drink). Added garnishes. Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: Rusty Automaton   by   5 months 1 week ago

    I love a good bourbon or rye drink, and this one is very drinkable. It's a good "after work but before dinner" drink. And it's one that is great in the evening after dinner. I'm not sure why the small amount of bourbon--maybe just to appease bourbon drinkers. Regardless, it's a great drink and one that deserves to become a favorite across the U.S.

    Addendum: It's several months later, and I decided to try the "Rusty Automaton" again--only now with a little more Bourbon. This time I added 1/4 oz of Jim Beam black label. If my memory is correct, the drink is a tad better with a tad more Bourbon. As much as I enjoy Bourbon, I believe more than !/4 oz Bourbon is asking for trouble. Right now, both the Rye and the Bourbon come through; but with a greater amount of Bourbon, the rye's taste would be compromised. Originally I rated this cocktail at 4.0, but with the small increase in Bourbon (from 1/6 oz to 1/4 oz), I now rate the "Rusty Automaton" at 4.5. Enjoy this and other cocktails, but drink responsibly.

  • Reply to: Autumn Negroni   by   5 months 1 week ago

    Excellent. A very nice Negroni, indeed!