What Did You Drink Today (non-wine) #2?

Tasted this at a friend’s. My assessment was I’d rather not drink than drink this. He thought it would be better in a cocktail. Maybe.


I can’t even find Chartreuse, in any form. All of the stores I’ve gone to over the last several months say there are supply issues.

Our chemistry learning has long deserted us, but we’d hazard the idea that ethanol-soluble aromatics and other compounds that provide taste are what differentiate alcoholic beverages from those sold as non-alcoholic versions. In other words, it’s not the same drink, just without ethanol; ethanol is essential to the malt’s, wine’s, beer’s, etc. taste

A cocktail might improve it because you can add missing flavors… bitter and so on. But I’m not sure what this thing would be bringing to the mix other than… color?

It’s gotten to be a trendy cocktail ingredient I think there’s more demand. I’ve been trying to reel in a bottle of VEP as a gift for a while and it’s been hard too.

Got some recently at our BevMo maybe check there ?

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Bowmore 12, with a splash of water. A generous pour, despite it being increasingly difficult to find in stores around here (Boston area).


I had some vodka with a splash of kombucha.

Why? Dunno. Just because both were there, I guess.

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The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club:

  • 2 oz. Barbados rum
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. falernum
  • 2 dashes Cointreau (yup, dashes)

Shake with ice and strain into cocktail or coupe glasses. It makes for a tart drink, so adjust lime juice/falernum as necessary.


What Barbados rum did you use?

A Toronto


This is Thursday morning aka the 4th Monday of the week. I am unsure whether to drink an espresso or pour a bourbon.

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I snagged a bottle of Old Grand Dad bonded yesterday. So it’s old fashioneds tonight. There are other finer bourbons for sipping straight or with a cube, but for me OGD bonded is perfect for old fashioneds. The cinnamon note is terrific. Regular OGD is too tame and the 114 just doesn’t have that perfect balance.

I was discussing this with a friend .

Why is Iced Irish Coffee or Frozen Irish Coffee, or Iced Brazilian, Montecristo, Spanish, etc., not more of a thing?


Or spiked ca phe sua da!


Check Joyal’s Liquors in West Warwick RI if you are down that way.

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Old Fitzgerald Primo. My dad left me a few of those. Good Bourbon!

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Nothing at all wrong with OGD not Cabin Still.

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Kaniche Reserve.

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