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    Feb 09, 2018 5:44 AM GMT
    I keep Bourbon for sickness.

    For some reason, I have Lemon Liquer.

    I might have a $1.50 bottle of Rum.

    I bought some Siroc Vodka because I heard it was smooth. Bartender said Chopin is closest to Siroc.

    I didn't buy Chambourd yet, but I don't have an ice crusher machine right now, any way.

    I bought some Tequila because when I used to go dancing at the Palladium in Manhattan in the '80s, I liked Tequila Sunrise and Calvin Klein Obsession.
    If I were wearing Obsession and drinking Tequila Sunrise I had quite the bouquet to offer someone who got close to me, I smelled good and my breath smelled good and frisky--with my inhibitions lowered.

    I bought some Whiskey Sour. The store didn't have the smallest size of Sweet and Sour for Martinis and it did not have a small enough size of Grenadine.

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    Okay, your turn, what do you have for a Thanksgiving Day adult drink?

    You have cocktail liquor for friends who come over for movie night?

    My ex had wine, but I'm not much of a wine drinker any more.

    One time I was on the Mezzanine level at the Met Museum, listening to classical music, and I had a glass of wine.
    But what happened, I went to Astor Place, down by NYU, well down by Cooper Union.
    I brought something home that was supposed to be really good, and I threw it up about 2 to 3 hours later.

    I used to drink Zinfandel in the late 80s--I bought a couple of bottles back then.

    Champagne for New Year's Eve is so-so. It's okay--and maybe for a wedding reception, here or there.

    I didn't buy Gin. The cashier told me I could make a blueberry lemon drop martini with Vodka or Gin, I figured, just go with the Vodka. Why go into another category of liquor.

    I didn't buy any Peach Schnapps. That's something I bought in the late 90s.

    After I found out Orange Juice wasn't good for my blood type, I stopped the Tequila Sunrise and Orange Juice and Peach Schnapps and Grenadine.

    Liquor pretty much stays in the kitchen for years unless its the $1.50 airline passenger bottles from the liquor store.
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    Feb 09, 2018 8:27 PM GMT
    Reply from R who has relocated temporarily to another city for work, therefore has spent time at restaurant bars, but who has also had adult beverages when entertaining at home for major holidays

    I like Basil Hayden Bourbon. [> $100 / bottle]

    Angel's Envy Bourbon is good.

    Booker's Bourbon is also good.

    Tanqueray gin is good.
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    Feb 11, 2018 3:28 AM GMT
    Luigi Bormioli (not Riedel)

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    Feb 11, 2018 3:52 AM GMT
    From Canada, Ellington Reserve Premium Whiskey

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    I was at my local Total Wine and took a chance on this Canadian Whisky, recommended as a "best buy" pick by an employee. This is perhaps the worst whisky I've ever tasted! I'd drink Old Crow (previous "worst") all night long before drinking this swill again. The most "chemical", "paint thinner" nose and flavor, the flavor being considerable worse than the nose. Can't drown it out with ginger ale either. I just wanted to post here in case someone does a search before trying it themselves. DO NOT buy this stuff.

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    Those "recommended" best buys are typically terrible at my local Total Wines. I'm not sure if they just put whatever they need to sell as their "favorites" or if they really like the stuff, but it seems as though every time I see one of those signs it's on something not good.

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    Well, I was looking for something along the line of Jim Beam Bourbon. Here's a review for that.

    Jim Beam comes in a squared bottle with a label design that reminds me of nothing quite so much the kind of thing I might find in the trunk of a 1960s muscle car. The bottle has a plastic screw cap, which is just the sort of thing I dislike, but Beam White is so entry-level I can’t really complain about it. The whiskey is aged for four years, and bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol).

    In the glass, the whiskey has the mid-amber coloring of the stereotypical bourbon. In the main, the nose is like a thin, sweet vanilla syrup with some mild oaky notes. While not complex, it is not altogether dull either. On the palate, the flavor continues as a sweet syrup of caramel and vanilla, with just a touch of rye spice. The finish is sweet, but not especially long or deep. Basically, Jim Beam looks, smells, and tastes like a youngster, which is exactly what it is.

    Whiskey like Jim Beam Original is desirable mostly because of its low price and flexibility. The bourbon serves as a good foundation for mixed drinks, and isn’t ruined by ice.
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    Feb 25, 2018 5:40 PM GMT
    No drinking two hours before bed?

    Is that enough time to prevent the bad side effects of nightcaps?

    I hear Grand Marnier is a nightcap.
    I also see some rum in some nightcap recipes.
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    Feb 26, 2018 6:14 PM GMT
    while both wines are made in much the same way; White Zinfandel is sweeter and pinker than most roses which tend to be dry and range in color from onion skin to deep-salmon to candy apple red. ... And, as the name clearly states, is made from Zinfandel grapes
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    Feb 27, 2018 12:07 AM GMT
    We don't keep a fully stocked bar, although we have the capability. Rather, we know our friends. Plus we ask them, if we expect them over, if they want anything special.

    As for wine, well, who keeps a vast wine cellar of every selection? Certainly not us. We have a few basics, reds & whites, nothing more. If our friends are invited to dinner, they'll bring wine as a gift. Usually what they prefer themselves. And so we serve that.

    We know certain friends like gin, and others vodka, a few scotch and so forth for cocktails. And what mixers they like with those. If you're dealing with friends it's no challenge at all. And if we have a first-time visitor I try to find out his or her preferences beforehand. Nothing wrong with doing that.

    And that extends to the meal. If our guests aren't able to eat certain foods, due to allergies, taste, whatever the reason, we wanna know. We want them to enjoy our table, not sit at it gagging, be unable to eat the food. So we simply confirm ahead. Not a lot of effort required.
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    Mar 09, 2018 5:19 PM GMT
    O Wine Tumbler Pinot / Nebbiolo by Riedel

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    Mar 09, 2018 5:21 PM GMT
    I like Basil Hayden Bourbon. [> $100 / bottle]

    Correction: Basil Hayden Bourbon can be obtained for less than $25.
    I'm told it is not a mixing bourbon, it is too good for that.