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BS: Gin

Richard Bridge 13 May 09 - 06:51 PM
Emma B 13 May 09 - 06:53 PM
catspaw49 13 May 09 - 06:59 PM
Sorcha 13 May 09 - 07:05 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 13 May 09 - 07:32 PM
Richard Bridge 13 May 09 - 07:37 PM
gnu 13 May 09 - 07:52 PM
Emma B 13 May 09 - 08:00 PM
Dead Horse 13 May 09 - 08:25 PM
Joe_F 13 May 09 - 08:35 PM
Emma B 13 May 09 - 08:44 PM
robomatic 13 May 09 - 08:48 PM
CarolC 13 May 09 - 09:39 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 13 May 09 - 10:07 PM
Benjamin 14 May 09 - 12:09 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 May 09 - 01:44 AM
Barry Finn 14 May 09 - 03:56 AM
Richard Bridge 14 May 09 - 04:44 AM
Catherine Jayne 14 May 09 - 05:06 AM
bubblyrat 14 May 09 - 05:53 AM
bubblyrat 14 May 09 - 05:55 AM
Bryn Pugh 14 May 09 - 06:30 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 14 May 09 - 06:40 AM
Dead Horse 14 May 09 - 06:51 AM
Smedley 14 May 09 - 06:57 AM
A Wandering Minstrel 14 May 09 - 08:20 AM
Les from Hull 14 May 09 - 08:32 AM
Emma B 14 May 09 - 08:36 AM
Mr Happy 14 May 09 - 08:37 AM
catspaw49 14 May 09 - 08:49 AM
RangerSteve 14 May 09 - 09:35 AM
Les in Chorlton 14 May 09 - 11:08 AM
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Liz the Squeak 14 May 09 - 05:58 PM
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Subject: BS: Gin
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 13 May 09 - 06:51 PM

I think I have decided I like Tanqueray better than Bombay Sapphire, but alas it is so long since I have had any of the yellow label export-only Gordons that I cannot say whether I would like that better still, and of course the stone-bottled Bols yonge genever is great too.

I have decided I prefer a slice of lime to lemon, and the tonic just has to be Schweppes.

I keep the gin in the freezer and the tonic on the fridge (on the verge of freezing, it's a cold fridge) and two ice cubes cold enough to stick to the fingers...

In a tumbler, half gin, half tonic.

What do others do?


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Emma B
Date: 13 May 09 - 06:53 PM

add sloes or damsons :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 May 09 - 06:59 PM

Anyone who drinks gin would eat shit and run rabbits. Sorry......just the way it is..........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Sorcha
Date: 13 May 09 - 07:05 PM

Haven't seen Dead Horse around for a long time


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 May 09 - 07:32 PM

Travis McGee Cocktail

Glass of shaved ice
Fill with good dry sherry

Dump sherry
Pour Bombay gin over the ice

Sip and enjoy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 13 May 09 - 07:37 PM

Keep the sherry and send it to me. I like good dry sherry too. Not sure about the mixture.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: gnu
Date: 13 May 09 - 07:52 PM

I play gin very well. Can't drink it worth shit. Rather run rabbits.

Tastes like lighter fluid to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Emma B
Date: 13 May 09 - 08:00 PM

catspaw, I really would like to introduce you to the pleasures of the liquid perfection of sloe gin as a late night accompaniment to some rousing singing.

Sloes are completely inedible, gin? - well....... maybe an 'aquired taste' after running the bunnies down

But, put them together - nectar :)

And you can make a great choc truffle with the leftover sloes - ask the guests at Crane Driver's birthday :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Dead Horse
Date: 13 May 09 - 08:25 PM

..................................Gin!
(for Sorcha)


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Joe_F
Date: 13 May 09 - 08:35 PM

There is something about a martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant,
A yellow, a mellow martini --
I wish that I had one at present.
There is something about a martini
When the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth:
I rather suspect it's the gin. -- Ogden Nash

In view of its being yellow, I suppose that that is the 19th-century-style martini, containing sweet & dry vermouth and orange bitters, such as I had before dinner this evening (no dancing, tho -- I was not born to inhabit a human body). In that company, IMO, the brand of gin scarcely matters.

When I lived in a commune in Virginia (1972-1981), I could not afford commercial gin, but there were plenty of junipers on the place, and their berries, crushed & infused in Everclear 180-proof vodka, produced a tincture a few drops of which would produce a ginlike flavor in any drink.

One might also (obSongs) recall Tom Lehrer:

One morning, in a fit of pique,
She drowned her father in the creek.
The water tasted bad for a week,
And we had to make do with gin.

By & large, I would say, the brand is irrelevant.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Emma B
Date: 13 May 09 - 08:44 PM

not Ogden Nash but, from a son of Ogden, Utah

"The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived."

Bernard De Voto


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: robomatic
Date: 13 May 09 - 08:48 PM

Whatever happened to Schweppes "Bitter Lemon" they phased it out across the States and I haven't seen it in years!

Damn I miss it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: CarolC
Date: 13 May 09 - 09:39 PM

Gin (Gordon's for me) and tonic is the best, but I also like gin and grapefruit juice. Here in this neighborhood they really like what they call "gin and juice", which is gin and any kind of orange juice or orange drink available. I like gin and juice if it's real orange juice, but gin and "orange drink" is just disturbing. The people around me seem to prefer mild gin without much juniper taste, but I want to be able to really taste and smell the juniper.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 13 May 09 - 10:07 PM

Ahhh -

Old Genever

BOLS in the brown crock - from The Netherlands

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

A gracious gratuity rendered that spoiled my taste for all British approximations upon the spirit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Benjamin
Date: 14 May 09 - 12:09 AM

It's funny because the thread tittle also made me think of Dead Horse. Thanks for the memories Dead Horse!


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 May 09 - 01:44 AM

Gin Rummy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Barry Finn
Date: 14 May 09 - 03:56 AM

I'd sooner rub rubbing alcohol on running rabbits than have gin close so to my nose as to ruin the air I sneeze.

Barry


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 May 09 - 04:44 AM

Surely that's yonge genever, not alte genever in the brown Bols bottle?

What's with all this rabbit stuff?

I tried gin and orange (juice) the other night and it is not for me.

The Schweppes bitter lemon is still available here in the UK. Should we club together and send food parcels?


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 14 May 09 - 05:06 AM

I like Tanqueray too, Hendericks has to be my favourite, Juniper Green is good too


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: bubblyrat
Date: 14 May 09 - 05:53 AM

Not a great Gin-drinker myself,although my dear Grandmother,Cook and Housekeeper to the late Sir Osbert Lancaster,was a serious afficianado to the point of dipsomania,bless her.I was once given a whole case of Plymouth Gin,whilst working at the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Poole,but didn't really enjoy it.Several years before the mast,Jim lad,so to speak,has engendered a definite preference for other,more robust,libations !


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: bubblyrat
Date: 14 May 09 - 05:55 AM

Or should that be "afficionado " with an "o" ?? Drat !


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 14 May 09 - 06:30 AM

In the days when I drank gin, the "ginniest" gin for me was Booths. Is it still available ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 14 May 09 - 06:40 AM

Mr. Bridge you need a course in liquor - the is for the youngsters to mix with juice etc - jonge geneve is for those who require a seance for an introduction to the world of spirits.

No - NOT Alt!

Difficult to obtain in the US .... "Old Genever" - Oude Genever (Very Old (Zeer Oude) Genever) is aged in oak a couple years and refers to the older recipe formulation which has more herbs and is yellow in color. Gin is believed to have originated in Holland and then become debased by the Brits with their London Dry not appearing until the 1930's.

Drunk "neat" - you would no more mix Oude Genever - than you would any good whisky. If you have anything on the side it would be a dried herring.

For more information try
http://www.imbibemagazine.com/Rousing-the-Spirits-of-Amsterdam

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

It is obvious that some are not familiar with the finer spirits of life and prefer the mass market swill produced by the commoner's column still the more traditional pot still approach.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Dead Horse
Date: 14 May 09 - 06:51 AM

Drunk "neat"?
Is that when you are found in the gutter wearing a tux?
Been there. Done that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Smedley
Date: 14 May 09 - 06:57 AM

My favourite gin is Xoriguer - made on the island of Menorca & available all over Spain. In the UK, some branches of Waitrose sell it. The Menorcans also sell a wonderful drink called Pomada, which is that gin mixed with a very dry lemonade.

A slice of lemon is best with Xoriguer, but I prefer lime with Bombay Sapphire (my British gin of choice is no X is available).

Somewhere I have a recipe for tomato, beetroot & gin soup. Mmmmmmmmm.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 14 May 09 - 08:20 AM

Sapphire is ok but the slightly rarer Bombay Dry flavoured with herb of paradise seeds, mixed with just a hint of bitters and enough tonic is absolute heaven.

For absolute perfection in a collins, mix in a measure of good cassis and shake over crushed ice.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Les from Hull
Date: 14 May 09 - 08:32 AM

Gin and Ginger Beer, equal amounts, very cold. Slice of lime. Proper Ginger Beer, mind, such as Fentiman's - avoid any that has ginger 'flavour' rather than real ginger. Avoid ice cubes by mixing it, putting it in a metal flask and then into the freezer, along with a glass. Wait for a sunny day!


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Emma B
Date: 14 May 09 - 08:36 AM

It sounds delicious Les - especially the Fentimans - but I'm not sure I could wait THAT long :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Mr Happy
Date: 14 May 09 - 08:37 AM

Too much & you get http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhfhgbmZe9s!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 May 09 - 08:49 AM

Well, I see the manure pile is depleting and the rabbits are worried.........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: RangerSteve
Date: 14 May 09 - 09:35 AM

I'll go with Tanqueray, although Bombay is good, too. But not the blue stuff. I never drink anything that's the same color as Windex. It's just a rule that I have. Canada Dry still makes a bitter lemon available in the states. I prefer tonic and lime. Some people will say this is wrong, but I prefer bottled lime juice, because I like a lot of lime juice, the equivalent of squeezing about three limes.

And BOLS tastes strange to me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 14 May 09 - 11:08 AM

I had the great delight of being introduced to an exotic cocktail by Chris Cole, of Gorton Morris Men, at Wythenshawe Labour Club during an extatic evening of music from Stockton's Wing.

A Dogs Nose: A measure of Gin poured in to the top of a pint of bitter, of which we had a number. On reflection a dry hoppy beer would have been best, but whatever it was it added to a great evening, as best I can remember.

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Becca72
Date: 14 May 09 - 11:23 AM

Just can't abide the taste. Reminds me of a pine-scented air freshner.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Morticia
Date: 14 May 09 - 11:42 AM

Plymouth is best IMO, dash of angostura, squeeze in a quarter of fresh lime, fill up to the top with ice, Schweppes to fill in the gaps.....hmmmmm. Is it Gin o'clock yet?


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 May 09 - 11:56 AM

I haven't tried gin in years but I remember back when that I didn't care for the grainy feel on the tongue even if I'd been prepared to ignore the shrubby smell. In dry country - like on Oregon's east side - juniper is ubiquitous. Fine for tangy air, not so fine for ingestion.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: irishenglish
Date: 14 May 09 - 12:02 PM

With summer coming, a G & T is one of my preferred arden spirits. Johnnie Johnson (Chuck Berry's late piano player) said it best for me, in terms of preference with- "I'm going around the corner, and have a drink of Tanqueray."


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: john f weldon
Date: 14 May 09 - 12:12 PM

I find Tanqueray too effete.

Take a jar of olives, pour into a larger jar (including the crud), and add Vermouth. Leave in fridge.

Gordons comes in a wholesome 1.75 liter plastic jug. Put it in the freezer till it flows like molasses. Pour out three-fourths of a tumbler. Add a soupspoon full of olives, which will now be soaked with Vermouth.

For maximum effect, sit in excessively hot sun while sipping.

Overall I prefer scotch - Talisker, Lagavulin, etc. But it costs 3 times as much.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Charmion
Date: 14 May 09 - 12:29 PM

Morty mentioned Angostura and I'm surprised she was the first, considering the company we're keeping here.

Pink gin -- pass me my hankie so I can stuff it up my sleeve, please -- is a wonderful thing, God wot. Take Plymouth gin and several drops of Angostura, shake em up with ice and strain the mixture into a martini glass. Or you could just dump the gin on top of ice cubes in any old tooth mug and scatter drops of Angostura on top until it's about the right colour.

Anything with gin in it is improved by Angostura bitters. Try a few drops in your next G&T -- superior porch-climber.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 May 09 - 01:05 PM

Good heavens this is taking me back! It must be 30 years since I had a pink gin. You lot are corrupting me!

On a hot sunny day, to go with a salade Nicoise eaten on a rug on the grass, Gin and Sin (gin and Cinzano bianco) goes down well, but it is moreish and dangerous.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 May 09 - 01:49 PM

The air grew thick with the foul aroma of rabbit chasers........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 14 May 09 - 02:46 PM

What's with this rabbit business?


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Phot
Date: 14 May 09 - 03:32 PM

I don't drink the stuff myself, but Fionas favorite is Bombay Sapphire, however we're making do with Gordons at the moment!

Wassail!! Chris


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Bill D
Date: 14 May 09 - 05:40 PM

Tanqueray Martini-O
(Words & Music by Jon Campbell © Adapted for Maine by Charlie Ipcar - 1992 As Sung by Roll & Go)

As we set sail from Portland Town,
With a fleet of CrisCrafts all around,
From up on deck a call came down
Tanqueray Martini-o!

'Tis all the captains and the crew
Must have the drink you can look right through,
And 'tis really nothing else will do
Tanqueray Martini-o!

Chorus:

'Tis haul the sheets back with one hand,
Set your drink down if you can,
And we never sail out of sight of land
Tanqueray Martini-o!

At Bailey's Island we put in,
Being nearly out of gin,
To continue on would've been a sin
Tanqueray Martini-o!

The captain's laid out on the floor,
Being elected to get some more,
But he's broke his leg tryin' to get on shore
Tanqueray Martini-o!(CHO)

'Tis nine parts gin to one Vermouth,
'Tis a yachtsman's friend and that's the truth,
From Casco Bay to the Bay of Booth
Tanqueray Martini-o!

"All hands on deck!" comes the cry,
As gale force winds shred the sky,
But we stay dry 'cause we're so high
Tanqueray Martini-o!(CHO)

Them Camden girls sure look fine,
Rigged loose up front and snug behind,
With a quarterboard reading Calvin Klein
Tanqueray Martini-o!

Them Portland boys must be seen,
All decked out by L.L. Bean,
But with the first swell they turn quite green
Tanqueray Martini-o!(CHO)


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 14 May 09 - 05:58 PM

Another Tom Lehrer fan here... and another Bombay Sapphire hater.


Hearts full of youth,
Hearts full of truth,
Six parts gin to one part
Vermouth!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 May 09 - 07:22 PM

One I remember seeing somewhere-
Pour dry vermouth over ice in the mixer
Waft the open vermouth over the mixer, recork and put it away.
Swirl for 30 seconds
Pour into chilled glass


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 May 09 - 10:08 PM

I too miss Schweppes bitter lemon. However, a couple of drops of lemon extract in the tonic will do the job. I also miss the mint bush that grew outside my door on Long Island 40 years ago; a leaf from it added a grace to a gin & tonic.

A further poetic appreciation:

Her father's euonymus shines as we walk,
And swing past the summer-house, buried in talk,
And cool the verandah that welcomes us in
To the six-o'clock news and a lime-juice and gin. -- John Betjeman

I used to have a gin & tonic buddy who by chance once brought some limes; I took the opportunity.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 14 May 09 - 10:55 PM

I was taught to drink - yeah these many years ago - by a dear friend who was a priest....he took me out when I was about 17 (remember this was in the UK not here) and gave me a gin and dry ginger -- or 2 or 3. I learned to love gin then and still but with tonic ==== we track our financial status on whether we can afford rot gut or good gin ---- any Boodles lovers out there?...


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Gurney
Date: 15 May 09 - 02:35 AM

I never liked it myself, until one day I really needed a drink (I won't go into why) and there was nothing else.
Now I quite like it. Well, not as much as Whisky and Whiskey, but OK.

Now I need a very good excuse to need a drink when there is only Rum in the house. Never liked that.

Firefox thinks Whisky is an incorrect spelling. Didn't know it was an Irish browser.


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Peace
Date: 15 May 09 - 02:57 AM

And then . . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Gin
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 15 May 09 - 03:46 AM

A Dogs Nose is a lot less bother and surprisingly tasty, although bother might be part of the fun

L in C


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