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  • Reply to: Ms. Mary   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Loved the flavor of this cocktail but it was too sweet with this quantity of agave. Next time will cut it in half.

  • Reply to: Italian Gentleman   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    The "Italian Gentleman" is one of those interesting but hard to explain why drinks. After making the drink and taking a few sips, I knew it could taste better,but I wasn't sure how to make it better, except by experimenting. So off I went! Because of the presence of both Campari and lemon juice I knew I had to use a bourbon that could stand up to these two ingredients. ​Maker's Mark​, which is a  gentle bourbon (and one of my favorites), would be bowled over by the Campari and lemon juice. So I choose instead a bold bourbon—​Angles Envy (86.6 proof)​—for the task. Also, I used half of the lemon juice called for because of my personal taste. The result was a cocktail that was OK, but less satisfying than I expected.  Too tart. Too sweet. Not bitter enough. And oddly enough the bourbon was too subdued. I rated the cocktail between 2.5 and 3.0.

    All of these shortcomings called for further changes: I stayed with the bourbon (86.6%); but I cut the amount of simple syrup in half; I used ¼ oz Meyer lemon juice and ¼ oz regular lemon juice; and I used a "fat" 1½ oz of bourbon and Campari. For me, these changes made for a better drink. It was less sweet, the tartness from the blend of lemon juices was in balance with the Campari's bitterness. With these changes, I rated the drink between 3.0 and 3.5. A side note: I used Angostura Orange bitters in both recipes.

    I am going to try yet another change to the "Italian Gentleman." This time I'm going to try 1½ oz of Wild Turkey 101, ​a "fat" 1½ oz of Campari, keep the blend of lemon juice, and omit the simple syrup, and keep the orange bitters. If the resulting drink needs to be sweetened, I can add some simple syrup. I'll also be thinking about adding another bitter, but only afterwards and if I believe something is still amiss that would be improved by a particular bitter.

    In the meantime, if anyone tries the original recipe for the Italian Gentleman," give your comment about the drink, and make any suggestions about the recipe. My goal is to get this cocktail so that it is rated by most people between 3.5–4.0. Maybe I'm being too unrealistic, in that the drink is simply no better than a 2.5–3.0 drink. And thanks for reading a long "it's an OK drink but it needs to be improved by your suggestion" critique.

  • Reply to: Nom de plume   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    @jensck - Yes, I've started dropping it to somewhere below the 2/3 oz line. 3/4 is probably too much.

  • Reply to: The White Death   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Tasty, but that's really an excessive quantity of honey. Made with overproof bourbon & it was still too much.

  • Reply to: Hugo Montenegro   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    I just had two of these tonight using Cabo Wabo reposado for the tequila and man, this is a good cocktail.

    Proof that great minds think alike, I had a cocktail that I enjoyed at Monkeypod, in Maui, Hawaii with a similar recipe= Equal parts mezcal (Del Maguey Vida), Byrrh and Meletti amaro. The bartender rinsed the cocktail glass with orange bitters and used no garnish.  To bring out the mezcal out, you can go 1oz mezcal and 3/4oz on the Byrrh and amaro.These two drinks have become my new favorites.


  • Reply to: Italian Gentleman   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Sounds like a nice drink, but it's hard to believe it needs the simple unless you have a real sweet tooth.

  • Reply to: Black Dahlia   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    "Black Dahlia" can signify a warning of impending harm--even death. Well, fortunately, those who drink the "Black Dahlia" will come to no harm. On the contrary, they will experience a wonderful cocktail, layered with multiple flavors that include chocolate, rasberries, citrus, sweetness, and even some tartness. Complex, yes; tasteful, definitely.

    Like "Bluetwist," who also commented on this cocktail, I, too, was somewhat skeptical as to how well these three ingredients would work out. I used Kahlúa, Crème de Frambosises by Gabriel Boudier, and Citron Absolute vodka. Using these products, I rated the "Black Dahlia" at 3.5. Had I used the products that "Bluetwist" used, I probably would have rated the drink at 4.0. Based on my experience using St. George products, I can comfortably say that St. George puts out high-quality products. I especially like their gins.

    So, again my friend, put aside any fears you have about this "Black Dahlia." Get out these three rather common ingredients, mix, stir, strain, and enjoy a luscious drink.

  • Reply to: A Moment of Silence   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Looks like they have a case left... Thanks for the heads up. Zachary

  • Reply to: Parlez-vous Irish   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Maybe a bit sweet, but still delicious.

  • Reply to: Give 'em Hell, Roscoe   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Yum! Even better as a flip!

  • Reply to: A Moment of Silence   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    Zachary, I think a few stores in the US still has Laird's Bonded in stock. K&L being one of them. 

  • Reply to: A Moment of Silence   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    I've got a copy of the recipes from the book and the ratios here are correct - it's 1/4 oz Laird's Bonded, though good luck finding that anymore. Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: The Arbitrary Nature of Time   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    A user flagged this - the recipe says shake and the cited link says stir. This looks like a drink that ought to be stirred to me, so I'm going to curate it. Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: Not Waving But Drowning   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    It's your drink and your call, but 12 people have it in their cocktail book. I think the note is sufficient. Thanks, Zachary

  • Reply to: Pen Pal   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    <br />A combined rating of 4.5 by three people, but no comments. I wondered why, and that made me decide to try "Pen Pal." I must admit that I was somewhat hesitant because I'm not a big fan of dry vermouth. But, what the hell, I'm using Dolin dry vermouth and Wild Turkey rye (both topshelf), along with my ol' standby, Aperol.

    Putting the drink together was easy and quick and when I took that first sip, I was pleasantly surprised at how balanced the drink tasted--how pleasantly the Aperol held the dry vermouth in check, and how adeptly the dry vermouth still allowed just the right amount of Aperol's sweetness to come through. And, yes, there was the rye in the background, but not too far back. A very pleasant drink that I would drink again. I rated this drink at a 4.0. But I'm still wondering--why the high ratings but no comments.

  • Reply to: A Moment of Silence   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    FYI, rations may be off here.  Fred Yarm over at cocktailvirgin has this at 1/2 oz. of Lairds, and Fred's pretty trustworthy in these matters.  Otherwise, pretty tasty drink with big cinnamon notes from the heavy use of Angostura.

  • Reply to: The Arbitrary Nature of Time   by   4 months 3 weeks ago

    A tasty cocktail with a Negroni-like taste, yet it is not a Negroni variant. A comment was made about the drink being somewhat sweet. Personally, I found the sweetness from the Cherry Heering to be off-set by the bitterness of the Campari. All this week, I searched Kindred Cocktails for a new drink that I would find very satisfying--all totaled that came to about five or six drinks, with none satifying my quest for a good cocktail. That is until I stumbled upon "The Arbitrary Nature of Time." This cocktail ended my nearly week-long quest for a satisfying one. I believe imbibers who enjoy a good Negroni, will definitely enjoy this drink. Personally, I rated this drink at 4.

    For those who find this drink too sweet, I would not add dry vermouth as one person suggested. I would simply reduce the amount of Heering. Perhaps reducing the amount from 1 oz to 3/4 oz would be a good starting point. Then, if its not sweet enough, you can add a little more, until you attain the level of sweetness you like. It's always easier to add a little more, and not have to start all over; whereas, if you want less, you have to start from the beginning--often times tossing out a batch of expensive ingredients.

    I suspect, however, that most people will be satisfied with the cocktail as given, and if not, simply reducing the amount of Cherry Heering will give them a cocktail they will not find too sweet, and will be able to enjoy.

  • Reply to: Not Waving But Drowning   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    Huh. So it is. I'm happy to take this one down, since Waugh's came first. 

  • Reply to: Not Waving But Drowning   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    Thomas Waugh's One, One, One (older, but more recently added to Kindred) is nearly identical. 

  • Reply to: Scottish Autumn   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    There's no telling - this drink is a riff on the cited Autumn Leaves in the way that a Gimlet is a riff on a Martini. Taking a guess, either the regular, the Barrel Aged or something fruity like cherry. Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: You Only Live Twice   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    The lemon flavor really "pops" without being overly sour.  I feel like the Bonal gets a little lost.


  • Reply to: Scottish Autumn   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    <br />Which of the many Fee Bros bitters?
    How much Strega in place of the Drambuie?

  • Reply to: Spuyten Duyvil   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    "Strain" suggests there's ice in the stir, I'd think.

  • Reply to: East India Trading Company   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    Yeah, that East India Solera is relatively sweet - PX cut with some Amontillado would be better.  Thanks,  Zachary

  • Reply to: East India Trading Company   by   4 months 4 weeks ago

    Subbed with amontillado, sans mole bitters; would not advise doing that