Random notes on alcoholic experiments

For several months now, I haven't been making anything new. There are plenty of excuses, but mainly I blame success. My vermouth and amaro recipes have been stable. It wouldn't be very interesting for me to say "today I made another batch of that thing I've already described in excruciating detai...

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5 days into my Solera Amaro Project, I have finished drinking my first small bottle, which I am calling fill #1. (I would have finished it 4 days ago, but I thought I should try at least a bit of self control.) It is now time to transfer half of the large bottle, which currently contains fill #2...

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Anecdote #1

Sometimes, for a lark, I like to mix equal portions of every amaro in the house with soda. The results are always different, but always interesting and surprisingly well balanced.

Anecdote #2

Amor y Amargo in New York (one of the city's few redeeming features) makes a delicious 8...

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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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