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Old 06-16-2017, 06:12 AM   #1
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What is your favourite cocktail?

I love cocktails - not every day, but from time to time. I really enjoy the ritual watching an experienced barman display his showmanship as he prepares it - it makes it that much more special! My absolute favourite is a Negroni.

Originally devised for a well-known bon viveur, Count Camillo Negroni, it's a sophistacted cocktail - but go easy! it's quite alcoholic. I tasted my very first Negroni when I was in Rome with my parents, in 1967. We stayed at the Grand Hotel on the Via Veneto - Rome's glitterati hot spot, and our evening always started with a Negroni. Here's how to make it:

A crystal 9cl tumbler
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1/3 gin
1/3 Campari
1/3 Martini Rosso
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Orange peel and half a slice of orange.

Put the ice and the orange slice into the tumbler, then gin, Campari and Martini. Stir. Then take the piece of orange zest and, squeezing the zest between finger and thumb, you will see the orange oil on the surface. Stir once, and serve to your guests with a flourish. The flourish somehow makes your guests feel special! It's nice with canapès.

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Old 06-16-2017, 06:23 AM   #2
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I don't have one favourite. Like so many ! Prefer vodka based cocktails and something sour added. Vodka, lime and and cranberry juice is delish.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:20 AM   #3
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I don't have one favourite. Like so many ! Prefer vodka based cocktails and something sour added. Vodka, lime and and cranberry juice is delish.
Snip, add some triple sec and you'll have a Cosmopolitan, one of my favorites! I also like a nice margarita, on the rocks, with salt. And Lemon Drops, yum.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:36 AM   #4
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Snip, add some triple sec and you'll have a Cosmopolitan, one of my favorites! I also like a nice margarita, on the rocks, with salt. And Lemon Drops, yum.
Love all of the above and another one I make myself with vodka, lime cordial and blue curacao shaken with ice. So yummy! Perhaps a good thing that I am not rich. Would live on cocktails lol.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:40 AM   #5
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I love cocktails - not every day, but from time to time. I really enjoy the ritual watching an experienced barman display his showmanship as he prepares it - it makes it that much more special! My absolute favourite is a Negroni.

Originally devised for a well-known bon viveur, Count Camillo Negroni, it's a sophistacted cocktail - but go easy! it's quite alcoholic. I tasted my very first Negroni when I was in Rome with my parents, in 1967. We stayed at the Grand Hotel on the Via Veneto - Rome's glitterati hot spot, and our evening always started with a Negroni. Here's how to make it:

A crystal 9cl tumbler
ice
1/3 gin
1/3 Campari
1/3 Martini Rosso
ice
Orange peel and half a slice of orange.

Put the ice and the orange slice into the tumbler, then gin, Campari and Martini. Stir. Then take the piece of orange zest and, squeezing the zest between finger and thumb, you will see the orange oil on the surface. Stir once, and serve to your guests with a flourish. The flourish somehow makes your guests feel special! It's nice with canapès.

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No matter how many times I've tried it, I just can't get around that bitter, cough medicine taste.

I'm more of a rum & coke (diet, because I can't take the sugary taste of real coke) guy. Beer is also more my style. A Planters Punch every now and then is a great break away.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:57 AM   #6
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Vodka does have a taste. I have a very sensitive palate. I like some brandies and whiskey as well. Just not gin. If you want a neutral spirit to get drunk on I would say cane.
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:18 AM   #7
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I'm a wine drinker, first and foremost, but I do like an occasional cocktail. For years I drank Gin & Tonics or Brandy Old Fashioneds (a Wisconsin thing, or so I'm told).

Over the holiday period last year, I was reintroduced to White Russians. For a while it became my drink of choice when going out for cocktails with friends. Soon, those friends began calling me "Dude," after the Jeff Bridges character in "The Big Lebowski," who enjoys his White Russians. It probably doesn't help that, like that character, I also have a bushy salt and pepper beard and look a little like an aging hippie.

Lately, I've had to taper off on them because, while tasty, they definitely contribute to an expanding waistline.

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Old 06-16-2017, 10:48 AM   #8
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I'm generally a white wine kinda gal, but for the occasional cocktail I prefer Gin, Rum or Bourbon. I really detest Scotch and Tequilla. Shudder....

I guess my favorite is the old fashioned "Old Fashion". I like the Angostura bitters in it.
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Old 06-16-2017, 11:24 AM   #9
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I am a gin, tequila, and scotch whiskey guy when it comes to my cocktails so my favorites are the martini, margarita, old fashioned, gin fizz, whiskey sour, Manhattan, vesper martini, tequila sunrise, and Tom Collins lol just to name a few :)
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Old 06-16-2017, 11:30 AM   #10
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I enjoy wine and good wine ..

And it is common living in the Mediterranean to have a glass or 2 with lunch and dinner .. At this time of year, I particulary like Rosés or Provençal Blushes, Cava and Prosecco or when in France, Champagne ..

Cocktails: Campari, a splash of Gin & Club Soda with a slice of lemon ..

I also enjoy a Bio naturally made boutique small produced Gin called "Mare" from Minorca with a splash of Tonic ..

I had a marvelous Mojito, one evening with Cuban Rum .. It was very refreshing ..

I am not a grand enthisast of anything too too sweet ..

Depends where I am and the season ..

Have a lovely day ..
Thank you for posting.
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