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Has anyone tried Hum Liqueur? Do you like CARDAMOM?

AnneInMpls Apr 6, 2012 04:52 PM

My wonderful husband gave me a bottle of Hum Liqueur as a birthday present. (He tells me that he tracked down the only bottle in the Twin Cities.)

This article inspired me to hint for the liqueur:
http://host.madison.com/entertainment...

From the description, I was expecting lots of hibiscus flavor with some spice and ginger. I was hoping it would taste like a rummy, spiced hibiscus tea. But it tastes like *!!!*CARDAMOM*!!!* to me (or CARDAMON, if you prefer). I can kinda taste the hibiscus, too - the other spices and flavors, not so much.

Luckily, I like cardamom. But I'll be using this stuff by the quarter teaspoon (not a problem - it'll last longer that way.) So I need lots of cocktail ideas for my Hum liqueur!

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  1. kattyeyes Apr 6, 2012 04:58 PM

    Oh, my! I haven't tried it or heard of it till just now, but I will now be on the lookout for my own as I DO like cardamom. 70 proof liqueur, eh? I can't wait to find it and play along.

    From the article you posted, I'm all over this idea. Love 43:
    "At Harvest, owner Tami Lax looked for something to complement Madison’s unusually warm spring. The Roselle’s Dream — roselle is another word for hibiscus — blends a spoonful of Hum with ginger liqueur, orange juice and Licor43, which has flavors of brandy and vanilla."

    Thanks for sharing--can't wait to try it!

    ETA: Just hung up with the package store. I wonder if it's only available in certain markets at this time. Not jumping out of any catalogs here, and I called a packy that's like a supermarket of liquor stores. Just answered my own question. Gotta leave the state to find it. Nice. It's OK--I love a good quest. :)
    http://www.humspirits.com/where-to-fi...

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    1. re: kattyeyes
      AnneInMpls Apr 15, 2012 05:56 PM

      Oh, I'm sorry you can't get it where you are. It seems that it's only in select cites/stores for now. I was rather amazed to find it in Minneapolis, in fact - but we're only 25 miles from Wisconsin, which always picks up the cool trends from Chicago.

      I'll do my best to buy lots so that Hum can expand to full national distribution. :-) In the meantime, sounds like you need a road trip!

      1. re: AnneInMpls
        kattyeyes Apr 15, 2012 06:13 PM

        You and me, both, Anne! But, thanks to Kathleen's suggestion below, I was able to snag a bottle of Small's gin (local package store ordered special for me). It's FANTASTIC and I'm sure you will have fun combining it with your Hum-- a total convergence of cardamom! And I agree--a road trip is in order as well!

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      kathleen440 Apr 9, 2012 09:49 AM

      I had it in a gin-based specialty cocktail at a restaurant and really enjoyed it. If you want to go all cardamom, all the time, pick up a bottle of Ransom Small's gin to go with it. I think the Hum would be a really nice addition to a gin and tonic.

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      1. re: kathleen440
        kattyeyes May 15, 2012 05:22 AM

        Just a little thank you, kathleen440--while I still can't get Hum, from your recommendation, I did ask a local package store to order Small's gin for me and it's fantastic! This weekend, I made a rhubarb simple syrup with cardamom and half a vanilla bean--the syrup is nice-nice in a rhubarb Collins for warm weather sipping. Since I can't get my hands on Hum, I had to improvise! ;)

      2. BillB656 Apr 9, 2012 12:12 PM

        Love Adam Seger's Hum. The last drink I made with it was Hum, Aperol, Dolin blanc, OJ, and our AZBL Orange Sunshine bitters (called it the Oscar Humpty for Oscars night)

        I've also made a few of the drinks on the humspirits.com website including the Humgroni (Hum, gin, maraschino) and the Reinvented Saz.

        1. McCleanman Jun 7, 2012 10:53 AM

          I made a cocktail for my bar where we use Hum liqueur. The thing about it is that if you don't use it properly, it can overpower just about any drink. Here is my cocktail from me to you:

          The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
          2 oz American Dry Gin ( you want to use a floral gin with no dominant tasting notes, I use Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin)
          1/2 oz Hum liqueur
          3/4 oz Orange Juice
          1 dash Scrappys lavender bitters
          Build in a dry shaker then add ice and shake for about 30 second.
          Pour over fresh ice into a highball and top with tonic water.

          It's a perfect summer drink. Not sweet, but very floral.

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