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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tracer » 03 Jan 2016, 14:29

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Tracer wrote:Percy Special. Not strictly speaking a cocktail, but a winter warmer for countryside sports. Name comes from the Percy Hunt, where it was found in many a flask.

Three parts whisky to one part cherry brandy. It's a cunning little brew - the first one creeps up and sandbags you just as you are sinking the third.

After which you ride remarkably well, been there done that :)



I never dared unless I was footfollowing - seeing one big fence coming towards me at a time was quite enough :lol:
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Fairblue » 03 Jan 2016, 14:41

Tommy Smith wrote:
Tracer wrote:Percy Special. Not strictly speaking a cocktail, but a winter warmer for countryside sports. Name comes from the Percy Hunt, where it was found in many a flask.

Three parts whisky to one part cherry brandy. It's a cunning little brew - the first one creeps up and sandbags you just as you are sinking the third.

After which you ride remarkably well, been there done that :)



Tracer wrote:I never dared unless I was footfollowing - seeing one big fence coming towards me at a time was quite enough :lol:

I suppose it really wouldn't do to pick the wrong one to jump. :?
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby tiffinata » 03 Jan 2016, 23:16

A lot of these 'modern'cocktails have tea or coffee in them. I wonder what we could add to them that would be appropriate?
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 04 Jan 2016, 11:38

Tracer wrote:These are a wonderful read! :bubbly: I'm a straights rather than cocktails person, but it is fun to read the resipes and imagine the tastes.


I'm a bit like you Tracer, straight or nothing! [i.e. bourbon on the rocks :faint: ], however I have a feeling anything with Cointreau in it I will like. Have tried it before [yup, on the rocks, lol] & it was quite tasty & 'more'-ish from memory. :D
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 05 Jan 2016, 00:06

I've rummaged to the back of the cupboard and found a bottle of Speyside Whisky that my dad didn't finish before he died.

I've bought a bottle of green Ginger wine. It smells beautifully of Ginger. It tastes nice, too. Sweet and gingery enough to make my tongue tingle. It's the sort of thing you'd sip a small glass of. I've bought Tescos own brand for £3.50 and so far I've no regrets.

Now to try it with the Whisky. I've used equal measures.

The glass smells of Whisky rather than Ginger. It still tastes strongly of whisky, although my tongue is tingling and it's definitely warming.

The Whisky can go back to the back of the cupboard, but I'll have an occasional glass of the Ginger wine. I like that.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 05 Jan 2016, 07:44

I've had great fun reading these :D Some sound very interesting indeed. Given we will be living in a "dry" compound for the next four months, I can't try any of the recipes, but might give one or two a try when we're back home. Has anyone tried anything with Mango Wine? We bought a bottle a couple of years ago but it's too sweet for my taste :P

Kismet wrote:The Whisky can go back to the back of the cupboard, but I'll have an occasional glass of the Ginger wine. I like that.


Must see if I can find any Ginger Wine back in Brissie. Maybe the Ginger Factory at Buderim might have some...
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby kylie_koyote » 05 Jan 2016, 12:30

We shall have to come up with some "mock tail" recipes for you, RSG, as well as some of our younger members.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tracer » 05 Jan 2016, 15:20

If you can get root ginger, that's lovely stuff, and of course not sweet. I like a slice in water - hot or cold. Nice with a slice of lemon too.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby kylie_koyote » 05 Jan 2016, 17:04

Here is a website with a number of "mock tail" recipes, for those who prefer their drinks alcohol-free.

http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisur ... s/?slide=1

There are some fun ones.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 05 Jan 2016, 17:54

Tracer wrote:If you can get root ginger, that's lovely stuff, and of course not sweet. I like a slice in water - hot or cold. Nice with a slice of lemon too.



I like that, too.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 05 Jan 2016, 21:46

Tracer wrote:If you can get root ginger, that's lovely stuff, and of course not sweet. I like a slice in water - hot or cold. Nice with a slice of lemon too.

I buy really fresh root ginger at the Markets for 1 Kina (less than 50cents AUD) a stem and I have a lemon tree in my back yard - I will definitely give it a try today :) Thanks for the suggestion :yay:

[quote='kylie_kyote"]Here is a website with a number of "mock tail" recipes, for those who prefer their drinks alcohol-free.

http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisur ... s/?slide=1[/quote]

Oh, thank you. They look like fun. Might see what I can knock up for Australia Day celebrations. We're the only Aussies on our compound, so we plan on initiating all the Euros, Americans and PNGans into the wonders of meat pies, sausage rolls, lamingtons and maybe a pavlova (if I can get my hands on some cream...)
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby tiffinata » 06 Jan 2016, 00:35

'Mock' cream?
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby kylie_koyote » 06 Jan 2016, 00:38

Can you make your own with whole milk?
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 13 Jan 2016, 18:08

For my birthday, the offspring have bought me a bottle of Hendrick's gin which came with a Hendrick's tea cup and tea saucer.

The back informs me that to make a DreamTime Martini:

50ml Hendrick's gin
20ml lemon juice
10ml lavender honey syrup (infuse 20ml honey with 10ml boiling water and a teaspoon of dried lavender. Stir until honey has dissolved and lavender has infuse).


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake hard over ice. Strain into a teacup without ice and sip before bedtime to induce the most unusual of dreams. Garnish with lemon zest and a sprig of lavender.

The website for Hendrick's is definitely eccentric https://uk.hendricksgin.com/teashop and I love the idea of having a Hendrick's teapot, but they are unfortunately out of stock.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 13 Jan 2016, 18:21

CORPSE REVIVER
CHARACTER:
Bitter , Herbal

SKILL LEVEL:
Novice

INGREDIENTS:
20ml Hendrick's Gin
20ml Cointreau
20ml Lillet
20ml Lemon Juice
Dash Absinthe

PREPARATION:
Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake briskly over cubed ice. Double strain into cocktail glass.



I believe this was one that was traditionally drunk after a heavy night, to revive oneself in the morning.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 13 Jan 2016, 18:46

Kismet wrote:...sip before bedtime to induce the most unusual of dreams.


Wow, are you sure there's only gin in that bottle?

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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tommy Smith » 17 Jan 2016, 10:09

Just saying chaps... be warned, or wear a gas mask.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... avour.html

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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Fairblue » 17 Jan 2016, 12:05

Tommy Smith wrote:Just saying chaps... be warned, or wear a gas mask.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... avour.html

(wasn't one of you, was it?).

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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby kylie_koyote » 17 Jan 2016, 13:42

Whoops.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tommy Smith » 17 Jan 2016, 14:06

Which reminds me...

Whizz-Bang Cocktail
2 Dashes Absinthe.
2 Dashes Grenadine. (1 tsp. Grenadine)
2 Dashes Orange Bitters. (2 Dashes Angostura Orange)
1/3 French Vermouth. (3/4 oz Dry Vermouth)
2/3 Scotch Whisky.
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Robert Vermiere’s 1922 recipe book, “Cocktails: How to Mix Them”. He notes, “Recipe by Tommy Burton, Sports’ Club, London, 1920. This cocktail is named after the high-velocity shells, so called by the “Tommies” during the war, because all you heard was a whiz and the explosion of the shell immediately afterwards.”
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Kismet » 17 Jan 2016, 14:12

I don't fancy mustard flavoured gin, though now it's been mentioned, I do wonder what it would taste like. Would it be one of those things that tastes much better than expected?
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby kylie_koyote » 17 Jan 2016, 14:19

Absinthe used to be illegal in the USA. I'm not sure if it is currently, as I've never tried to buy any. I'll have to ask the next time I'm at the liquor store.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tommy Smith » 17 Jan 2016, 14:38

Nooo, they will start to think you have a problem.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby kylie_koyote » 17 Jan 2016, 16:32

Lol probably so TS
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby tiffinata » 17 Jan 2016, 22:51

I had a feeling it was illegal here too at one point. If memory serves me correctly it is made from wormwood and a little can produce a killer hangover.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tracer » 18 Jan 2016, 10:10

I'm pretty sure it was illegal in UK until fairly recently due to being so highly addictive and hallucinatory. I would imagine modern versions are slightly different.

Anyone else keep thinking of the absinthe joke? It's not suitable for the Board, I regret.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 18 Jan 2016, 17:53

It used to be illegal just about everywhere, but apparently all that stuff about it being hallucinatory was a myth. I read an interesting article about why it was originally outlawed, and it had more to do with radical politics than with ingredients.

It went something like this: Absinthe was a favorite of the poor and of the underground artsy crowd, mainly because they had little money and it was the cheapest drink around. It became associated with social unrest and radical politics (all that Marx and Engels stuff), and around the turn of the century one of the ways to break up potentially bothersome gatherings was to ban what the underclass were drinking. Absinthe was outlawed under the pretext of its being more harmful than other alcohols. Recent studies have shown it to be no more harmful than any other alcohol, so a hundred years later the bans are being lifted.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby tiffinata » 18 Jan 2016, 20:21

It didn't help that the plant it was made from (Wormwood) was poisonous or that inferior batches had stuff like copper added to them.
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Tracer » 19 Jan 2016, 10:33

Wormwood is indeed a powerful plant that hovers over the line between remedial and toxic.

Still, at least none of the revolutionary poor would have had worms............
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Re: The Biggles Cocktail Book

Postby Babanango » 20 Jan 2016, 01:04

I had to try one of these, and here it is, the Whizz-Bang Cocktail. Not sure what I think yet. Maybe I'll use Irish instead of Scotch next time. The peat is coming out a bit strong.

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