Random notes on alcoholic experiments

It's that time again. Today, I'm spellchecking the lineup from a Gordon & MacPhail tasting that I recently attended.

  • Glendale
  • Glenda
  • Macadam
  • Madalena
  • Longterm
  • Longtime

I was hoping it would eventually suggest Macallan, but it veered off at the end.

  • Milton du...

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Tincture-based vermouth

This is the first version of my sweet vermouth recipe using only tinctures, instead of boiled spices.

  • 500 ml Wine
  • 175 ml Brandy
  • 1.5 oz Oloroso Sherry
  • 1 oz Bitter Orange
  • 0.25 oz Sweet Orange
  • 35 dr Anise
  • 20 dr Clove
  • 35 dr Cardamom
  • 30 dr Juniper
  • 20 dr Dande...

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Here's a quick rundown of the things I've dumped in high-proof alcohol recently.


More Violets

This photograph is different than the previous one of the same subject. Note the scale.

I pretty much gave up on producing anything remotely like Creme de Violet after my first attempt, but I still li...

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Making limoncello is simple.

Ok, maybe not that simple, but it can be close. Limoncello consists of lemon peel, alcohol, and sugar. How these three ingredients are combined can be incredibly simple (just throw them together in a jar) but it can also be complicated and weird. Can you guess whi...

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