Favorite Cocktails

Discussion in 'Other Beverages' started by mambossa, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (369) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    I’ll always opt for a Manhattan or Sazerac. In the spirit of the nicer weather, I have been enjoying a few Aviations (sans marachino liqueur) despite not being much of a gin drinker.

    What’s your go-to?

    Edit: Feel free to share any good recipies!
    #1 mambossa, Apr 25, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2019
  2. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,806) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Sazerac or a mint julep, but I certainly love a great gin and tonic too.
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  3. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (707) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Sorry if I spell this wrong


    I like a bunch of Tiki drinks too

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  4. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Aspirant (258) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    Sidecar, whiskey sour
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  5. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (588) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    A well made, no frills, old fashioned is a thing of absolute beauty.

    On the other end of the spectrum, I absolutely love an umbrella garnished, garish Mai Tai from a neighborhood Chinese restaurant.

    Unsurprisingly, I also love the sweet, muddled fruit version of an old fashioned which kind of splits the difference :sunglasses:
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  6. not2quick

    not2quick Disciple (385) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    I don't drink many cocktails, but if I due, typically a Manhattan or Old Fashioned. I do love me some bloody Marys though....
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  7. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (230) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    If I were to list my top five of all time it would be:

    Trader Vics Mai Tai
    Don Beach's Zombie
    Jungle Bird
  8. nblackstock01

    nblackstock01 Initiate (42) Jul 23, 2015 Alabama

    With you all the way with the "classic" old fashioned! Although I sometimes don't mind going to a local bar that makes handcrafted drinks based on what your preferences are and palate is like and say give me an old fashioned with a twist of something smokey or however I'm feeling at the time!

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  9. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,786) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Go to, I’m probably in a similar boat as the OP with Manhattan, Sazerac, Old Fashioned.

    Lately I’ve been getting more into Mezcal, so if I see a cocktail with that I’ll usually get it. Or if I’m drinking a margarita I’ll ask for Mezcal instead of Tequila.

    One of my favorites is The Last Word, which is gin, lime juice, maraschino liquor and green chartreuse.
  10. lastmango

    lastmango Crusader (775) Dec 11, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I pretty much stick with Gin & Tonics. Love 'em when they are good. That means I stand a chance of enjoyment if I make them. :wink:
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  11. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Disciple (367) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Dark and Stormy
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  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,611) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Are we making the distinction between cocktails and highballs here? I'll tend to go for highballs, myself, especially in the summertime. As to classic cocktails, and as you could probably guess from my Amaro thread, the Negroni (and its variations) is what I tend to go for.
  13. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,611) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Do you know of any traditionally-made, smoky Mezcals available in NJ? I got addicted to the stuff in Mexico and have been meaning to explore it back home.
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  14. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,786) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    I have never purchased a bottle of Mezcal. My experience is limited to ordering cocktails.

    Sorry I can’t help!

    I’m going to pick some up though and I’ll share my thoughts.
  15. Nickwierda

    Nickwierda Initiate (137) Feb 8, 2015 New Jersey

    Oh man favorite cocktails. 2:1 gin martinis and 2:1:2 manhattans are hard to beat in my book. A good martini is like drinking a cloud. A good manhattan is rich and bold and layered, like a great imperial stout.

    And the mai tai is fucking unbelievably good. Just had one of those - used a rough facsimile of the death and co specs:

    1.5 oz Chairman’s reserve
    0.5 oz 1931
    0.25 oz Clement VSOP
    0.5 oz dry curaçao
    1 oz lime juice
    0.75 oz toasted almond orgeat
    Dash angostura
    Lime wedge in the shaker

    I strained this one over a big cube this time instead of over crushed ice. No garnish. Still crazy delicious (might actually like it better this way). Perfectly balanced between the tart and sweet, with the funk of the rum and the nuttiness of the orgeat adding beautiful little wrinkles to the flavor profile. Lots of tiki drinks are too boozy or too sweet but this is a stroke of genius on the part of Trader Vic. Essentially a rum margarita with orgeat. So simple yet so damn delicious.
  16. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (340) Apr 29, 2012 California

    My father recently told me, that my grandmother (his mom, who passed 10 years before I was born) used to frequently say:

    "Drink your coffee black and your whiskey straight."

    It's a little weird how I have "naturally" live by those words. I don't normally make cocktails, order them, or really drink them.

    That said...

    My favorite mixed drink would be a nicely made 100% agave tequila Margarita on the rocks. I also enjoy a proper bourbon cocktail...Mint Julep around the first weekend in May or a Manhattan. I really want to try a Martini that knocks my socks off.
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  17. Glider

    Glider Aspirant (212) Nov 15, 2004 Massachusetts

    Del Maguey brings in some pretty great mezcal, which I believe are distributed nationally. They were one of the first to import authentic mezcal.

    Most of the others outside the worm and scorpion bottles are good as well. Ilegal, Fidencio, Sombra, etc.

    If you’re looking for a good mezcal cocktail, try the Maximilian Affair:
    1 oz Mezcal
    1 oz St Germain
    0.5 oz Punt e Mes
    0.5 oz lemon juice
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  18. Nickwierda

    Nickwierda Initiate (137) Feb 8, 2015 New Jersey

    Yeah I have a bottle of Del Maguey Vida which is relatively inexpensive and works great in cocktails. Not quite as good as their Chichicapa, which is also widely available (though pricier).

    My favorite mezcal cocktails are the naked and famous and a tequila/mezcal penicillin.

    Naked and famous:
    .75 oz mezcal
    .75 oz aperol
    .75 oz yellow chartreuse
    .75 oz lime

    Mexican penicillin:
    2oz reposado or Anejo tequila
    .75oz lemon/lime juice (50/50 split)
    .75oz honey/ginger syrup (50/50 split)
    Float .25oz mezcal on top
  19. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,611) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Seems a perfect place to start. Thanks!
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  20. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (4,971) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota

    That Chairman's Reserve is great (St. Lucia)
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  21. Nickwierda

    Nickwierda Initiate (137) Feb 8, 2015 New Jersey

    Really is. So glad they just got distro to NJ!
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  22. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (702) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I got into Caipirinhas several years ago and never looked back. Rock candy and all.
  23. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,127) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Vesper, a.k.a. the James Bond martini.

    3 oz Tanqueray (94 proof)
    1 oz Vodka (100 proof)
    1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
    1 dash Angostura bitters

    Shaken (not stirred), served with a twist of lemon peel. The higher-proof gin and vodka stand up well to a vigorous shake with ice.

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  24. TheHammer

    TheHammer Savant (988) Feb 15, 2009 Ontario (Canada)

    Ever since a trip to the Dominican, I've always enjoyed the bartender's bane, the Mohito. I have a mint plant in my apartment for just this reason. As far as cocktails, kinda meh on it, but as a Canadian I do have a soft sport for a good Caesar.
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  25. omlooper

    omlooper Disciple (329) Apr 25, 2008 Missouri

    Most recently at Shawnee National Park (underrated, awesome) in southern, IL it was the classic I’ve had too much beer but I want another drink, big chunk of melted/refrozen ice and = Makers/ginger beer.
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  26. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (369) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    Okay this sounds REAL friggin good right about now
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  27. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (369) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    A mixture I always keep in the freezer is a mason jar of Manhattan mix.

    I’ll do 24oz rye Whiskey
    Anywhere between 8oz to 12oz sweet vermouth to taste
    7 dashes of angostura bitters

    Simple, delicious, always nice to have on hand.
  28. mambossa

    mambossa Disciple (369) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    God damn. Can’t tell if it would work better as a winter drink or a summer quencher. Definitely gotta try this.
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  29. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,690) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    An Old Fashion, when done right it is a thing of beauty, when done wrong, shit you should have just poured that bourbon or rye over a cube of ice. There is one place if I am ever there I will get an old fashion because they KWTF they are doing. I tried making them at home and realized I cook and pour beer in a glass better than I mix cocktails
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  30. Nickwierda

    Nickwierda Initiate (137) Feb 8, 2015 New Jersey

    Amazing with tacos, as stereotypical as that may be.
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  31. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (13,196) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Rum and ginger beer (Fever Tree preferred) OR rum and tropical juice(s).
  32. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (230) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina


    With it warming up, and having left over fresh OJ from a recipe I felt obliged to make a painkiller.

    3oz of Appleton Estate Signature
    3oz pineapple juice
    1oz fresh orange juice
    1oz real coco

    Shake with ice to chill. Strain into glass with ice. Top with freshly grated nutmeg. It's the better cousin of the pina colada. More balanced and less sweet. One day I hope to make it with fresh pineapple juice.
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  33. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (6,919) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    I ran a cocktail/spirits channel before I started heavily focusing on beer on Youtube.

    I am very much a seasonal cocktail guy and jump around. Tend to have rum and gin based stuff in the Summer. Juleps come out now for me... Pewter cups, home grown mint and all. Daiquiris mojitos ones you can whip up quick.. good 2 or 3 chord drinks.

    Colder weather more whiskey stuff, a simple sour, old fashioned, Manhattan etc.. the odd cream based stuff around Christmas.

    Always love a good negroni, Aperol spritz. Simple margarita not the slushy kind..

    I bounce around.. also love Anejo tequila with of course lime and sangria, and mezcal is great too.
  34. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Disciple (367) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Dark rum (ex. Goslings) + ginger beer = Dark and Stormy. They are really good in the summer.
  35. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (119) Feb 25, 2013 California

    I'm not a cocktail kinda guy, but I have semi-regular access to Havana Club Cuban rum. I've made mojitos with them, using a really good recipe (basically it all comes down to not macerating the mint but just gently rubbing it to release the aromatics, and hand crushing cube ice). It takes a bit of preparation which is why I hear bartenders hate to make them, but when done this way they are incredibly light and refreshing.
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  36. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (6,919) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Bartenders absolutely hate making anything they have to muddle. It's work intensive, often messy, and you have a hard time making those drinks quickly and well.
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  37. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,611) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Maybe it's just me, but if I see that the bartender is slammed and in the weeds, I just won't order anything that takes time to make. But I do notice that certain people just gotta have what they gotta have, no matter what.
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  38. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (6,919) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    All depends, some places certain drinks are more commonly ordered.

    I would be out occasionally at salsa bars when I was younger, or sometimes find myself at a Brazilian club etc... then mojitos would be ordered often. You'd often see the bartenders just pounding them out like crazy, alcohol and lime flying all over the counters... it would be a mess, funny sometimes too
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  39. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,611) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Oh, I can see doing it in those situations, or if you're at a place that bills itself as a cocktail bar.

    Most of the time for me, however, if I'm not at an actual beer bar, I'm getting drinks at a wedding or a vacation resort, so I guess you just get a different perspective there. :wink:
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  40. Glider

    Glider Aspirant (212) Nov 15, 2004 Massachusetts

    Oh man, wedding and event bartenders. If the couple picked out signature cocktails, there is a good chance the line is huge.

    Best case you get some old-school hotel bartenders who will make you a good Martini or Manhattan.

    The catering bartenders I have seen are usually hopeless and you are best going for some straight whiskey or the like.
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