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Old Jan 30, 22, 4:39 pm
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While I doubt I would purchase such a thing, I could also totally see bourbon, banana, brownie and whipped cream working together.

Hmm. Maybe there's a cocktail idea in there someplace.
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Old Jan 30, 22, 4:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1 View Post
While I doubt I would purchase such a thing, I could also totally see bourbon, banana, brownie and whipped cream working together.

Hmm. Maybe there's a cocktail idea in there someplace.
I wouldn't have thought to purchase it myself either. It was my friend who bought it, but he is a bartender at a local spot so I trusted his judgement.
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Old Jan 30, 22, 6:27 pm
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Old Jan 30, 22, 9:46 pm
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Wild. The only thing less smart would be using your flamethrower indoors.

Not that anyone would ever do that.
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Old Jan 31, 22, 7:15 am
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I tried a very interesting bourbon last night at my friend's cabin. It was called "Howler Head" and it was infused with natural banana flavour. I will admit that I was initially skeptical, but I actually found the combination worked quite well. We enjoyed it on the rocks with dessert and the pairing of it with brownie and whipped cream was really good.
Like actual banana flavor, or the flavor food scientists have assigned the label "banana"?
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I used up the last of my mum's Cabot Trail making a seriously yummy ice cream, so I was planning to replace it tomorrow in any case. If it helps WTME, then so much the better.

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@painintheuk, did you do anything else with that stuff? I've had a bottle in the fridge for a while, and have used it in a couple of cocktails, but still looking for really good drinks to use it in.
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Old Feb 3, 22, 10:02 pm
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@painintheuk, did you do anything else with that stuff? I've had a bottle in the fridge for a while, and have used it in a couple of cocktails, but still looking for really good drinks to use it in.
I know that Bohemian1 will have much better, more informed opinion. My mum and sister put it in a glass and drink it. Totally works! I tested it several times and it totally works. Doesn't need to be refrigerated. I tried ice and it isn't needed. Room temp is best so far.

The ice cream, though, was freakin' delicious!!! Just a standard vanilla ice cream recipe (5 egg yolks, 2.5 cups double cream, <0.5 cups sugar (oddly without the vanilla this time, touch of salt) with 3 oz of Cabot Trail worked great. Much more alcohol than I've used for egg nog ice cream in the past but the balance worked out just right. Much smoother than I make at home, but a different machine and different cream.
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Old Feb 3, 22, 10:29 pm
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Originally Posted by painintheuk View Post
I know that Bohemian1 will have much better, more informed opinion.
Why's that? I feel like he might feel this one is beneath him.

My mum and sister put it in a glass and drink it. Totally works! I tested it several times and it totally works. Doesn't need to be refrigerated. I tried ice and it isn't needed. Room temp is best so far.
I've tried it straight up, it's fine. But I find cocktails often are more interesting.

The ice cream, though, was freakin' delicious!!! Just a standard vanilla ice cream recipe (5 egg yolks, 2.5 cups double cream, <0.5 cups sugar (oddly without the vanilla this time, touch of salt) with 3 oz of Cabot Trail worked great. Much more alcohol than I've used for egg nog ice cream in the past but the balance worked out just right. Much smoother than I make at home, but a different machine and different cream.
Sounds good! Although I've never made ice cream.
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Old Feb 3, 22, 10:45 pm
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Why's that? I feel like he might feel this one is beneath him.
That's sad . It might not be 'fancy', but "beneath"? That's pretty sad.

I've tried it straight up, it's fine. But I find cocktails often are more interesting.
Totally agree! We're not great at that, but are working on it. That's where I thought you and Bohemian1 might know more.

Sounds good! Although I've never made ice cream.
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I dunno, never had it, but this sounds like interesting stuff to me.

If we're talking cocktails, I would steer towards enriching with a neutral spirit like vodka. Then you could concoct a twist on something like a White Russian (hey, let's call it a Cabotage!), or maybe a Mudslide? Or, a variation on a B52 (maybe call it a CF-105 for a Canadian spin?).

I'm too lazy to dig out the Flavor Bible, so I'm essentially just riffing on a Baileys analog here, but I imagine one could get far more creative with some imagination.

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Old Feb 3, 22, 11:08 pm
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COVID do cocktail fun!
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COVID do cocktail fun!
You mean like every Saturday night?
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Old Feb 3, 22, 11:27 pm
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Originally Posted by painintheuk View Post
That's sad . It might not be 'fancy', but "beneath"? That's pretty sad.
@Bohemian1 is a pretty sophisticated guy. The maple cream liqueur just seemed like it might be a bit plebian for him

Totally agree! We're not great at that, but are working on it. That's where I thought you and Bohemian1 might know more.
I have some ideas - similar to @Bohemian1, somewhat thinking of it like Bailey's - but always curious to see what others think.

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I dunno, never had it, but this sounds like interesting stuff to me.

If we're talking cocktails, I would steer towards enriching with a neutral spirit like vodka. Then you could concoct a twist on something like a White Russian (hey, let's call it a Cabotage!)
Or maybe a Polar Route? Seems fitting for something combining the Russian and the Canadian

I'm too lazy to dig out the Flavor Bible, so I'm essentially just riffing on a Baileys analog here, but I imagine one could get far more creative with some imagination.
I'm working on it. I just have so many things here these days. Someone asked in a group chat last week how many bottles of spirits/liqueurs we have at home, trying to figure out how long each of us could theoretically go without having to buy more booze. I clocked in at somewhere around 140, or more...

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COVID do cocktail fun!
Smith Cocktail Lab could potentially open to a very small number of patrons...
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Old Feb 4, 22, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
Someone asked in a group chat last week how many bottles of spirits/liqueurs we have at home, trying to figure out how long each of us could theoretically go without having to buy more booze. I clocked in at somewhere around 140, or more...
I find it's better not to keep track.

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