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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tracer » 20 Jan 2016, 10:24

Might that be because you are lying face down in the flowerbed?
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby tiffinata » 20 Jan 2016, 10:40

I'm afraid my Brandy Alexander has curdled the cream. I think I need a smoother brandy.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Fairblue » 20 Jan 2016, 10:55

Tracer wrote:Might that be because you are lying face down in the flowerbed?

:roflhappy:
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby kylie_koyote » 20 Jan 2016, 12:03

Tracer wrote:Might that be because you are lying face down in the flowerbed?


Haha!
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 20 Jan 2016, 12:26

Tracer wrote:Might that be because you are lying face down in the flowerbed?


No, if that were the case it would be a Whizz-Bang on the rocks. The flowerbeds are covered in ice and snow here. ;)
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 20 Jan 2016, 13:05

Babanango wrote:
Tracer wrote:Might that be because you are lying face down in the flowerbed?


No, if that were the case it would be a Whizz-Bang on the rocks. The flowerbeds are covered in ice and snow here. ;)


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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tracer » 20 Jan 2016, 17:50

:lol:
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 08 Jun 2016, 19:32

Here's a new cocktail for Biggles Flies North: the "North of 60".

2 oz Canadian rye whisky
1 teaspoon birch syrup
2 dashes maple bitters

Just put these ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Sip and imagine you're north of 60 degrees latitude. (Driving snow and a pot-bellied stove are optional).
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 08 Jun 2016, 19:48

Babanango wrote:Here's a new cocktail for Biggles Flies North: the "North of 60".

2 oz Canadian rye whisky
1 teaspoon birch syrup
2 dashes maple bitters

Just put these ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Sip and imagine you're north of 60 degrees latitude. (Driving snow and a pot-bellied stove are optional).


I don't think I've tasted one of those ingredients. Birch syrup? I only know Angosturas bitters, not maple bitters. Please try it, someone, and tell me what it's like.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby kylie_koyote » 08 Jun 2016, 20:36

Kismet wrote:
Babanango wrote:Here's a new cocktail for Biggles Flies North: the "North of 60".

2 oz Canadian rye whisky
1 teaspoon birch syrup
2 dashes maple bitters

Just put these ingredients over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Sip and imagine you're north of 60 degrees latitude. (Driving snow and a pot-bellied stove are optional).


I don't think I've tasted one of those ingredients. Birch syrup? I only know Angosturas bitters, not maple bitters. Please try it, someone, and tell me what it's like.


I thought about buying some birch syrup, until I saw it going on Amazon for $35 for an 8 oz bottle and maple bitters for $40 for an 8 oz bottle.

That would be an expensive cocktail.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 08 Jun 2016, 20:43

kylie_koyote wrote:I thought about buying some birch syrup, until I saw it going on Amazon for $35 for an 8 oz bottle and maple bitters for $40 for an 8 oz bottle.

That would be an expensive cocktail.


Apparently, you can make your own bitters:

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2013/12/26/ ... t-bitters/

You could tap a birch tree and make your own birch syrup, too, but you have to be careful not to scorch the sugars when boiling it down.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 08 Jun 2016, 23:16

kylie_koyote wrote:I thought about buying some birch syrup, until I saw it going on Amazon for $35 for an 8 oz bottle and maple bitters for $40 for an 8 oz bottle.

That would be an expensive cocktail.


Ouch! I hadn't looked up the ingredients. This was on the drinks list at a place in Toronto where we stayed last weekend. I thought it was a bit expensive, and now I know why.

Improvisation may be called for. I have some birch extract around here somewhere (for making birch beer). Maybe a drop or two of that, and some maple syrup.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 08 Jun 2016, 23:32

It took a matter of minutes to dig out my extract. Turns out it's spruce...not birch. And had no rye, so used Irish. So a couple of drops of spruce extract, a teaspoon of maple syrup, and a couple of ounces of Irish whiskey.

All I can say is...bleccchhh!! Don't try this at home.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tracer » 11 Jun 2016, 14:23

Babanango wrote:It took a matter of minutes to dig out my extract. Turns out it's spruce...not birch. And had no rye, so used Irish. So a couple of drops of spruce extract, a teaspoon of maple syrup, and a couple of ounces of Irish whiskey.

All I can say is...bleccchhh!! Don't try this at home.




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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tommy Smith » 11 Jun 2016, 16:54

Spruce?! Isn't that turps?
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tracer » 11 Jun 2016, 19:02

I used to do a lot of oil painting. I love the smell of real turps.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 11 Jun 2016, 20:14

My extract is purely food grade!! If you haven't had Spruce Beer, or Birch Beer, you're missing out. It's non-alcoholic, rather like Dandelion & Burdock or Ginger Beer.

Both seem to be particularly popular with Amish and Mennonite religious communities for some reason.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 11 Jun 2016, 21:07

Babanango wrote:My extract is purely food grade!! If you haven't had Spruce Beer, or Birch Beer, you're missing out. It's non-alcoholic, rather like Dandelion & Burdock or Ginger Beer.

Both seem to be particularly popular with Amish and Mennonite religious communities for some reason.


I've never heard of Spruce Beer or Birch Beer, although I do like Dandelion and Burdock and Ginger Beer.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 11 Jun 2016, 22:03

They're similar to D&B and Ginger Beer, in that they are non-alcohol drinks brewed from plants, but the flavor is entirely different. Birch beer is particularly spicey. It reminds me of the flavor of Beeman's gum (but perhaps that is only found in the USA as well).

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/12/birch-b ... ver-tried/
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 11 Jun 2016, 22:07

Babanango wrote:They're similar to D&B and Ginger Beer, in that they are non-alcohol drinks brewed from plants, but the flavor is entirely different. Birch beer is particularly spicey. It reminds me of the flavor of Beeman's gum (but perhaps that is only found in the USA as well).

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/12/birch-b ... ver-tried/


I'm not familiar with Beeman's gum, either. I shall look out for them all.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 11 Jun 2016, 22:15

I recall when I first discovered dandelion & burdock (which is unknown in the USA). I was in London for a couple of weeks with the navy, and I wandered into a store and there it was on the shelf. I tried a bottle and it was a revelation. Very subtle and earthy. For years I had to pay premium postage for it from a British expat store in Florida, but then I found a Scottish market about five miles from here that usually carries it. Brilliant stuff.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 11 Jun 2016, 22:20

As for Beeman's gum, there appears to be a Bigglesian tie-in. This is from Wikipedia (so it must be true):

"While it has been considered the "lucky" gum of pilots, Beemans in fact became popular with aviators due to the antacid qualities of pepsin, useful due to the agitation of stomach acid in flight. This, combined with the ear-pressure equalizing characteristics of chewing any type of gum, made Beemans a common sight in cockpits. The sporadic availability has led some aviators to buy it by the carton whenever possible."

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