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Dry Wild Lime Soda

I’m slowly trying out every flavor of Dry Soda.

They just keep tasting better and better. This is easily the best one I’ve had yet:

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These sodas are great in their own and are even better when mixed with a spirit, nothing too complicated or fancy.

From their website:

DRY Soda is a less sweet, all natural soda made with just four ingredients, including a little bit of pure cane sugar. Each of DRY’s eleven unique flavors is perfect to sip on its own, pair with a meal or mix into cocktails.

Their 11 flavors are: Blood Orange, Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Apple, Cherry, Rhubarb, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Cucumber, Wild Lime and Pear.

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Dry Rhubarb Soda

This new flavor of Dry Soda just might be my favorite.

Okay, okay… So the Rhubarb’s probably not a new flavor, but it’s new to me (and it’ll probably only be my favorite until I try their ginger soda).

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I had a bottle of this stuff on its own and then I mixed a little with gin, which was nice. I really wanted to make a rye whiskey drink, but it just wasn’t working.

From their website:

DRY Soda is a less sweet, all natural soda made with just four ingredients, including a little bit of pure cane sugar. Each of DRY’s eleven unique flavors is perfect to sip on its own, pair with a meal or mix into cocktails.

Their 11 flavors are: Blood Orange, Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Apple, Cherry, Rhubarb, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Cucumber, Wild Lime and Pear.

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Dry Soda

New mixers stocking my home bar: Dry Soda Lavender and Cucumber!
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So far all I’ve made with ’em is a tall Bols Genever & Dry Cucumber Soda. I guess it’d just be a classic highball variation.

From their website:

DRY Soda is a less sweet, all natural soda made with just four ingredients, including a little bit of pure cane sugar. Each of DRY’s eleven unique flavors is perfect to sip on its own, pair with a meal or mix into cocktails.

Their 11 flavors are: Blood Orange, Ginger, Vanilla Bean, Apple, Cherry, Rhubarb, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Cucumber, Wild Lime and Pear.

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Late Night Cherry Bounce

I made Cherry Bounce last night between The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and reruns of Frasier.
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Cherry Bounce. It’s pretty easy. I followed this recipe from Imbibe Magazine.
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Ingredients
•1 quart whole cherries
•1 750 ml bottle rye whiskey
•1 cup cane sugar
•2 ounces of fresh lemon juice

Directions
Combine the cherries, sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.

Pour cooled cherry mixture into a large glass jar and add the rye whiskey. Secure the lid, shake to combine and let rest in a cool, dark place for 3 months.

After 3 months, strain into a clean glass jar. If desired, reserve infused cherries for garnishing. The bounce will keep for up to 2 months.

The above recipe text was modified from the Imbibe recipe.

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My First Buffalo Trace

I bought my first bottle of Buffalo Trace yesterday for drinking this weekend.

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Very tasty. I enjoyed it neat as well as with a bottle of Natural Brew’s “Outrageous Ginger Ale.”

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The Start Of A Bitters Bottle Collection

I like old bitters bottles.

I’ve got the start of a little collection going, which is just this fernet-style bottle and an Underberg as well as some of the more mainstream and traditional brands.

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I’m going to an auction at a bar today and then up to Buffalo, so if I see anything neat (bitters or otherwise) at either the auction or some stores, I’ll post here if its cocktails related. Hopefully I’ll hit up a worthwhile antique shop.

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Bitters By Mail

Got a special delivery in the mail yesterday!

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Bought ’em through the Buffalo Trace online store!

Probably going to need to order another bottle or two for the bar in a month or so, but I think that next time I’ll go through the Sazerac Company gift shop. Maybe order a t-shirt or something too!

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