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Husband is a gin guy. Tanqueray martinis, T&T--that's his favorite.
He's looking for new drink/cocktail ideas to try before dinner. I'm no help because I'm a more "adventurous" (I guess) drinker--I enjoy the taste of say, tequila, cognac, whiskey, and he doesn't. He won't drink anything straight up. His drink of choice in his youth was Capt Morgan and gingerale, which he know says is too sweet and too boring. Any ideas? I know I'm giving sketchy parameters, but this is what I have to work with.

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  1. This is not very imaginative on my part, but I have been noticing a Negroni renaissance lately. It's very "of the moment"!

    Recipe from epicurious:

    1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
    1 1/2 ounces Campari
    1 1/2 ounces gin
    2 or 3 ice cubes
    Twist lemon peel

    Put all ingredients except lemon peel in an Old-fashioned glass and stir. Garnish with peel.

    1. Here is one he may like, martini with a twist, fresh, not sweet and I drink it almost every weekend : )

      2 1/2 oz Tequila ( Has to be good tequila like Casa Noble Crystal or Tesoro Blanco)
      Few Drops of Dry Vermouth
      1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
      Mixing instructions:
      Shake ingredients in mixing glass with ice, then strain into a cocktail
      glass.

      1. Well, there are a number of things he might try, but since he once liked rum and now takes drinks with tonic, why not mix those two. Rum and tonic, with a good squeeze of lemon or lime, is a good drink, normally downed in sailing circles. try a decent rum, Appletons, Mount Gay, Cockspur, Ron Barrellito, Barbancourt, etc. It will be sweeter, but not as sweet as the Morgan and Ginger. Alternatively, mix up the gins, try Plymouth Gin, Genever, some of the more modern gins with differnet botanicals. Also consider some infused Vodkas with tonic.

        1. Aviation
          2 oz London dry gin
          .25 oz maraschino liqueur
          .75 oz fresh lemon juice

          Shake well w/cracked ice & strain.

          This is David Wondrich's version of one of my favorite gin cocktails. Here's a link: http://www.esquire.com/foodanddrink/d...
          I prefer it as written (with Brokers gin) but other versions vary the amounts of maraschino and lemon juice. You might start with 1/2-ounce of lemon juice and adjust up or down to taste.

          A former spiced rum and Coke drinker might enjoy a Dark & Stormy: dark rum and ginger beer (lime juice optional). I like ginger ale but a good ginger beer is sharper and more dry. Your husband may find this to his liking. http://www.esquire.com/foodanddrink/d...

          The Shady Grove is basically the same as the Dark & Stormy but with gin instead of rum and lemon juice instead of lime. I don't like it as much the D&S but it's quite good.

          1. Mount Gay and tonic is a classic and a great suggestion from Captain.

            Have him try an orange/mandarin flavored vodka with tonic and see if that works. Absolut and Goose make great versions. Almost reminds you of an alcoholic Orangina.

            1. Oh I can help! French 75.

              It's gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne, served in a champagne glass. Although I generally bastardize it as follows: half gin and Williams Sonoma lemon drop martini mix whizzed with ice in the blender, plus half prosecco. With a straw ;-)

              It is very refreshing although slightly lethal, and apparently was originally served mid-dinner as a form of palate-cleanser/appetite-stimulant. Very, very nice.

              1. I love all of your replies--luscious. Have to admit, I've never been much of a gin OR tonic drinker and I may have to try (oh what am I saying, I WILL try) these. I'll be the Official Taster, as in the days of yore.

                Negroni question---if I suspect that the bitterness of Campari is too much for him (he's not a fan of my Campari/OJ or Campari/soda), will the vermouth and gin complement it enough to make it tasty for him? I've never tried Campari mixed with any other alcohol, so I can't imagine the taste.

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                1. re: thegolferbitch

                  Re Negroni - I doubt it. Unless you significantly cut down the Campari and up the vermouth - which makes it more or less a gin martini. Campari does tend to assert itself pretty strongly, so if he doesn't like it, probably give it a miss...

                2. Just wanted to report Mount Gay and tonic was a hit...it's all we had time for pre/post dinner last night. Looking forward to the spirits adventure continuing.

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                  1. re: thegolferbitch

                    Excellent.

                  2. Here's another good recipe, if you are still looking. It's called the Bronx.

                    1 1/2oz. Gin
                    1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
                    1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
                    2 oz.Orange Juice (really good with Freshly squeezed)
                    dash Angostura Bitters
                    Orange Slice for garnish