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Old 04-19-2012, 06:02 PM   #29
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You are missing out if you haven't tried Hendricks gin.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:30 PM   #30
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farmerdave, you got that one right. I'm definitely not a gin person (most of it tastes like I'd imagine perfume tasting). But I do like Hendricks now and then. Very floral.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:53 PM   #31
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Bill my partner and I both poured years ago. Way prior to recent juicy fruit
drinks. Recently i ordered a Lemon Drop Martini only because I kept hearing
it mentioned in movies and tv. PU what a waste. I am not a wasteful person
always one to clean his plate but that drink was unbearable and neither of
us was able to finish it. To sweet. I like a classic martini " dirty "
( like my men ) Ha. Dirty in a martini means pour some of the olive juice in the glass. I would never order this out because the wait staff is of course putting there fingers in the condiment tray and the olive juice. Our 2 cents
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:16 PM   #32
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Wow… I never considered that… brings a whole new meaning to "dirty" martini (which is generally how I would always order them when I did go through a martini phase) — here's to the vast amounts of alcohol killing those bartender germs!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:25 PM   #33
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I'm having dinner in Palo Alto and the fruity martini menu is staggering. We'll be having a good bottle of wine.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:41 PM   #34
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Well were at Lavanda, with a Reisling. They only have a 20.00 corkage fee so BYOB. The fruity martinis are from 9 to 14 dollars. I think I need to change this to a wine for Airstream thread.
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In my *previous life* I spent a good deal of time traveling around Scotland. I tried and tried to develop a taste for the single malt. But I never did. However, I did develop a taste for single malt Liqueur!!! Not the creamy drinks... but herbal, spiced whisky (?). My favorite was Hebridean, followed by Wallace (no longer being made) and Shakespeare (orangish).

I carry some basic liquor and wine and grab a 12 pk of Modello for my camping trips. No idea why - but it's one of my traditions.

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We spent our honeymoon in Scotland, and at the time I didn't like whisky at all. We toured the Talisker distillery, and I really couldn't appreciate it. Then we stayed at a tiny B&B whose owner must have been the biggest whisky aficionado in the country. I wish I would have developed a taste for it earlier —*it would have been an amazing trip!
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As I was taking my last sip of my "dirty" martini (vodka, thank you very much), I came across this thread. I like mine with two huge garlic olives. Not sure my DH likes that, but whatever! In the Chicago area, there are tons of different martinis. There are lots of martini bars. I'll try one occassionally, but I'm not a huge fan of sweet drinks.
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You are missing out if you haven't tried Hendricks gin.
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I buy Bulleit Bourbon at Trader Joes. $19. a bottle. Bulleit does a nice rye whisky too. Both are very good. Basil Hayden is one of my favorites for special occasions. Mrs SoCal is strickly wine although I have gotten her to toss back a bourbon once or twice, her eyes begin to pinwheel within minutes!

My dad always told me drink good liqour straight or with a touch of water...good advice.

I went to a high school reunion a couple of years ago and was amazed at the number of my classmates who still drink Bud, Coors, Miller and think Sam Adams is exotic. The wine at the dinner was horrible...Mrs SoCal is used to Silver Oak and wines of that level. (she is in the restaurant marketing business, so we get 'em wholesale) At dinner, you should have seen her face when she tasted the red served at dinner, two buck Chuck was a 5 star compared to what they served.
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some poeple will try one or two single malts, find them unappealing, and give up.

that's really too bad since there is a wide range to chose from: smooth and mellow all the way to seaweed/peat moss.


it's just a matter of trying until you find one [or several] you like you like.
there are some nice small hardcover books out there that list single malts by region, style, flavor, etc.

it a great hobby and the fun is in the search!
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As I was taking my last sip of my "dirty" martini (vodka, thank you very much), I came across this thread. I like mine with two huge garlic olives. Not sure my DH likes that, but whatever! In the Chicago area, there are tons of different martinis. There are lots of martini bars. I'll try one occassionally, but I'm not a huge fan of sweet drinks.
I was just thinking this whole conversation is making me crave a dirty vodka martini with two garlic olives!

It's Friday... It's afternoon... I think I'll have a drink!

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