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Just curious: what's your favorite cocktail(s)?

For me, I think it's got to be the Long Island Iced Tea. ^_^ There's just something about the complexity of flavor that results that leaves it so desirable.

The mix I'm using today:

Equal measures of:
- basic white rum (Morrison's, in this case)
- London gin (same)
- Curaçao (don't skimp here - Gabriel Boudier's is superb, from Waitrose)
- tequila (here, Aqua Riva reposado - you want a fairly up-front one, not something superbly mellow like Patrón Silver)
- vodka (in this case, Chase, but pretty much anything will do)

Add a shake of lemon juice, ice, and a good dash of cheap diet cola. Yum!
Mmm! I am jonesing to get another Master of Malt order in, so maybe a good rye would be an idea. They do have quite a few, but what of theirs might you commend?

I admit, I'm not huge on cherry - but, maybe that depends on the pungency. I'm anybody's for a strawberry daiquiri, though. =:)

Ooh, I could definitely go for honey of that calibre! =:9 The name reminds me of a cocktail I had at the Brunel Museum the other week, using meadowsweet, which was apparently once fairly well used in cooking, but has all but fallen out of recognition. (Stupidly, I forgot to take any photos of the cocktails we had there)

I have been exploring so many new cocktails recently.

You really need to post more! I'd love to read about these adventures. ^_^
Interesting, I just browsed their site and definitely, American Whiskey is cheaper in the US, but even their Scotch prices seem steep.

Anyway, they have the three ryes I would recommend - Bulleit is definitely one of the best, but it's only $20 a bottle here.

Templeton is mild and is good for someone looking to 'find their feet' in the rye world

Rittenhouse is my favorite to use as a mixer, it has a strong peppery flavor that is enhanced by being 100 proof.

The Wild West Double Rye is totally a favorite of mine, but again, it's $20 here and I wouldn't like it much at that price because that price approaches my favorite(and not on Master of Malt) - Angel's Envy. They finish the rye in Rum casks and it has a finish of burnt sugar that even leaves a caramel smell in your glass when you're finished.
Finestkind! Thanks for that - I'll take a look, and make a selection.

The pricing may, in part, be due to the taxation involved, which can be quite significant on a cheap bottle of wine, per this wine calculator, though arguably less significant for a spirit, per this HMRC tariff list. At £23.80 per litre of alcohol, a 700ml bottle at 40% would attract 0.28 of that rate, so £6.66, plus 20% VAT.

I suspect I may be bringing one or two bottles back with me, when I next swing past the Bay. ^_^

(Oo! Just noticed - as far as LJ's concerned, this is apparently entry number 1000 in my journal!)
Thanks for explaining the sin tax syntax.

I figured it must be some sort of tariff that was bumping the price upwards.

I've been trying to come up with a excuse to get myself a Glenfarclas bottle distilled in 1972 - my birth year. It's $650 at a store near me and I have been visiting it once a week because I'm considering buying it.
*sigh* I admit, I omitted a rye this time around. Forgive me. ^_^;

What I did wind up ordering:
A sample of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's Cold-Distilled Absinthe; I'm not huge on anise, but reviews suggest it's all very well balanced, perhaps along the lines of his superb Bathtub Gin. It's quite an unorthodox drink, in any estimation, being vacuum distilled as more of an infusion, to not far off an azeotropic mix.
GlenDronach 15 Year Old Revival - not an especially exotic Scotch, but it sounded quite pleasing, at a fairly modest price. I'm still quite a novice in the whole world of Scotch (and wine, for that matter), but I'm enjoying finding out more.
Rumbullion! Navy-Strength, as I've had it before, and am very fond of it. ^_^ It's almost a liqueur - beautifully put together, fabulously tasty.
Wokka Fusion Vodka. I was looking around for an interesting (and not Russian) vodka, and that appealed - I don't know if it'd be good in a Long Island Iced Tea, but I'll surely be finding out. =:D More likely, I suspect it'll lend a novel take on some other classics, as well as, hopefully, being rather enjoyable in its own right.
And finally, a sample of BenRiach 42 Year Old 1971 - Single Cask. It's not exactly a trivial purchase for a full bottle, and not something I'd entertain yet, as I want to get Mum whisked off to distant lands first, but maybe someday. Still, I'm eager to gain a better perception of just what good, older whiskies can be like.

Angel's Envy sounds like one I'd especially go for - the mention of caramel reminds me of the 20 y.o. Dictador rum I had a few months back, with a long, elegant demerara aroma on the palate.