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Sep 20, 2013 12:14 PM

Happily Stuck on One Cocktail...

Happens to me from time to time... get home, what cocktail would I like... hmmm, same thing as last night... repeat.

Currently stuck on Sazarac. I just can't seem to drink anything else for the last week or so.

What cocktails do you get stuck on?

My version of a Sazerac:

Line a small tumbler with (in my case house made) anis liquer and put in the freezer to chill

In a cocktail shaker:
1 oz Jim Beam Rye Whiskey
1 oz Rittenhouse Rye (I find the Rittenhouse too much on its own).
Dash of simple syrup
3 shakes of peychaud's bitters
Stir very vigorously for 3 minutes

Pull tumbler from freezer and thoroughly rub the rim with lemon zest, throw zest into glass (people vary on whether to include or discard the zest.

Strain cocktail into prepared tumbler.


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  1. Stir for 3 minutes? Wow you have amazing self control...

    I assume at some point you add ice cubes to the shaker?

    1. In August I got stuck for awhile on Negroni's and variations. then around end of August through Labor Day I got stuck on Manhattan variations, and the Vieux Carré. Right now I'm doing a several week detox, to end as the wine companies ramp up their fall tasting events.

      1. Negroni and variants probably accounted for 7 or 8 out of every 10 cocktails I consumed in the last year... So much to explore there. I'm not at all sick of it.

        3 minute stir -- wow indeed!

        Have you tried the Bitter Truth Creole Bitters? I like them as a nice change from Peychaud's. A bit more intensity.

        1. We went through a loooong phase - maybe three years or better - when the only things we drank were Greyhounds. LOTS of Greyhounds … if our friend Will and/or his then-fiancée came over we could go through a gallon of Tropicana grapefruit juice and a bottle of vodka in an evening. But we were twenty years younger, too … and this was in hot, muggy Nashville.

          Mrs. O is sticking mostly with Lemon Drops, while I vacillate between plain Scotch and water or an Instant Martini (frozen glass, frozen gin, refrigerated vermouth). If we have the makings and it's hot out, especially with company, we'll have gin and tonics. Another occasional shared one is a Sidecar. The thing most different from the Old Days, of course, is that while I might have a fair amount of wine, the only cocktail I'll have more than one of is restaurant Margueritas … the low-potency kind.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            what's a greyhound? The grapefruit juice and vodka parts sound yummy

            1. My Summer Drink is a gin buck: 2 parts gin, 1 part fresh lemon juice, and topped off with a 6 ounce bottle of Fever Tree Ginger Beer.

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              1. re: hawkeyeui93

                Hawkeye, the best Gin Buck I've ever had was made with St. George Dry Rye gin. Have you tried it?

                1. re: curseofleisure

                  I have not .... and now have another gin to try!

                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                    At first I considered it the rye off gins. Now I've decided it's the Scotch of gins.