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All of the ingredients in a cocktail contribute to the experience.


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Old 01-14-2013, 12:16 PM   #11
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It's Ron Matusalem Platino, and I read about it as a vodka substitute
Oh Here comes one more good reason not to believe what 'written!
This has nothing to deal with vodka, except maybe a trendy(?) bottle.
But it is 100% rum.
I will add that this is not my prefered rum, and the thing I don't like is the cuban tag on the bottle, though it is def NOT Cuban!
But, again, this is 100% rum.
Make your own mind, don't trust the self proclaimed experts.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:07 AM   #12
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I don't want to take this discussion too far off track from my original request for a minimalist home bar, but here's a link to a discussion on Ron Matusalem Platino as a vodka "alternative" (apparently I used the wrong word, too).
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:19 AM   #13
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Just to update this thread, I don't think Maker's Mark is for me. It's not as smooth as I'd hoped. Is this par for the course with bourbon, or is there a better one?

I now have Angostura Bitters and some Cointreau, so I'm slowly getting there.
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Makers is one of the smoothest bourbons on the market imo. Its a wheated bourbon, which is smoother than the more common rye bourbons. Are you drinking the Makers neat? Maybe try adding a couple ice cubes to smooth it out. I think you might find Canadian Whiskies, which are blended, to be pretty smooth.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:37 AM   #15
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I made a Bourbon Sidecar with it, which was pretty good, but, yeah, I don't enjoy it neat, which is kind of my determining factor. I have to keep my home bar small. I don't mind buying rums strictly for mixing because rum is my thing, but I'd hoped for a bourbon that would work for sipping and mixing. I can make a Rum Sidecar just as easily as a Bourbon Sidecar. Perhaps bourbon just isn't my thing.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:35 AM   #16
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1. What basic equipment should be in every home bar?

2. What basic ingredients should be in every home bar (styles of rums too)?

Assume I have nothing and that I'm an idiot and have no idea about mixing drinks--which is true, by the way.

Im a bit late coming to this thread Ill tell you my experience:


1. Equipment can be extensive.

I started out & made do with what I had, added to it over time.

Something like this item would be great:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manhattan-Co...s=cocktail+set

A knife, a chopping board & a few different types of glasses that you like would also be needed!


2. Booze can be expensive!

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Buy everything you need for a Long Island Iced Tea...

Branch out from there according to what interests you, such as the rum and whiskey focus you mentioned
I agree, that's what I did - Vodka, Tequila, White Rum, Gin & Triple Sec.

I opted for reasonable named brands (Smirnoff, Jose Cuvero, Bacardi, Gordons & Cointreau) and they worked fine at this level. These are relatively cheap as well.

Add grenadine & simple syrup, you have a bar that can make quite a lot of drinks.


This was my 'lift off point' not an end point - it only gets more complicated as you try find out more & try new combinations.

In the whiskey section of my home bar I have several bourbons, a couple of ryes along with absinthe, vermouths, plenty of bitters & bits! I second the comment about Canadian whiskey being sippable.

In the rum & tiki section of my home bar I have about a dozen types of rum with different bottles of each style accompanied by falernum, orgeat, pimento dram, cinnamon syrup, pernod, etc etc!


If you are short on space I would recommend adding things you know you like. Try going to bars & talking to a friendly barman about what he puts in to a cocktail you like the sound of
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Thanks, AdOrAdam. That seems like good advice.

Okay, a couple more questions:

1. What kind of shaker and why, Boston or 3-piece? Boston is cheaper, but apparently has a bit of a learning curve. Which one is more versatile and durable?

2. Which hand juicer and why, the (garlic) press kind or the reamer?
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1) Re: Shakers

I use a 3 piece shaker. The 3 pieces are container, strainer & lid - it can take a bit of twisting / knocking to get apart. The benefit is the strainer built in & its tight fit.

I haven't used a Boston Shaker - I think bars use them as they are easier to get apart & you can get the contents to travel further back & forth. Then they strain.

Really either will work fine & have benefits / limitations (sometimes I use a jar jam because its in hand)


2) Re: Juicers.

Mexican elbow (garlic press one) for sure - I used a juice reamer previously, saw a mexican elbow in a bar, got one & never looked back


I have thought about what I said previously & decided to more specific about what I would buy if I was to restock the rum & tiki section of my home bar...

I have started a thread for you viewing pleasure & contribution:

http://ministryofrum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6494

Cheers
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