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    Wow! Holy shit, this looks awesome. And I was secretly hoping you wouldn't use St. Germain-not that I don't like it (a lot), but I was hoping I'd have an excuse to try something new.

    Can you think of any reason (other than adherence to the theme) why another very hoppy IPA wouldn't work as a substitute?

    Also, did you garnish that with a nasturtium? Because that's some pro-level stuff right there.

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      [MENTION=3269]Shomas[/MENTION] I used the Flower Power because of the theme but there's no reason a similar IPA wouldn't work just the same. Honestly not sure what the garnish is. Picked up a pack of edible flowers from While Foods. Sure does look like a Nasturtium though.
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        [MENTION=2555]tdig[/MENTION], that does look awesome. And Flower Power is super tasty. I found it at the same place I picked up FW 17 and Sexual Chocolate in DC.
        "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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          Will nobody pick up the lemongrass gauntlet that [MENTION=2555]tdig[/MENTION] has thrown down? Come on!

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            https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...cocktail/posts

            Bitters company on kickstarter just offered 1 oz bottle for ANY pledge level. $5 for a 1 oz craft bitters bottle shipped is a great deal. Some really interesting flavors too.
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              I don't know if anybody has mentioned these two cocktails but they are my favorites in the summer.

              Americano:
              Campari
              Dry Vermouth (It calls for sweet vermouth but I prefer dry)
              Soda water

              Dark N Stormy:
              Gosling Black Seal Rum
              Ginger Beer (it calls for barritt's but that's not always available)

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                I'm guest posting this week again for /r/cocktails NCOTW. Will go up on Wednesday but thought I'd share the image gallery in advance with this being Derby week and all. The post Wednesday will also have a long write up on the Juleps history, recipes, variations, etc. Will share that in a few days.

                http://imgur.com/a/yylaX
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                  So did any y'all enjoy a julep of the mint variety this weekend?

                  I enjoyed two: one muddled and one not.

                  Most recipes tell ya to muddle the mint. But one of my cocktails books (the *Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide*) says to follow the advice of Frances Parkinson Keyes: “Never insult a decent woman, never bring a horse into the house, and never crush the mint in a julep.”

                  I think I actually preferred the non-muddled one; but really, both were damn tasty.

                  I went like this:

                  2.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon
                  0.5 oz Stirrings' (cane sugar) Simple Syrup
                  several fresh mint sprigs
                  and a mountainous pile of crushed ice

                  Anyone else like Mint Juleps? Or participate in any Derby-related festivities?

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                    Originally posted by yoyorobbo View Post
                    le the mint. But one of my cocktails books (the *Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide*) says to follow the advice of Frances Parkinson Keyes: “Never insult a decent woman, never bring a horse into the house, and never crush the mint in a julep.”
                    Sooo...do you just stick the mint leaves in the bottom of the glass? Do they actually impart any mint flavor to the drink?

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                      [MENTION=4719]bjmcgeever[/MENTION] Stick em in the bottom and run them gently along the sides with your simple syrup. DO NOT MUDDLE. Here's the full write up I mentioned I was doing.

                      http://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/co...69_mint_julep/
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                        Originally posted by bjmcgeever View Post
                        Sooo...do you just stick the mint leaves in the bottom of the glass? Do they actually impart any mint flavor to the drink?
                        Originally posted by tdig View Post
                        [MENTION=4719]bjmcgeever[/MENTION] Stick em in the bottom and run them gently along the sides with your simple syrup. DO NOT MUDDLE. Here's the full write up I mentioned I was doing.

                        http://www.reddit.com/r/cocktails/co...69_mint_julep/
                        For the muddled version, I placed a couple sprigs in the bottom of the julep glass (well, honestly I used a small metal cup - not a *real* julep glass - but hey, it worked) on top of the simple syrup, and muddled briefly - nothing crazy, but enough to release some of the minty freshness.

                        With the NON-muddled one, I simply stuck in a few sprigs into the top of the ice-mound, sticking an inch or so up out of the drink, so as to put them right in front of (and yeah, sometime touching) my nose when I took a sip. That way they didn't contaminate(?) the liquid goodness of the sweetend bourbon, but still added the mint to the experience.

                        Next time, I'll try the middle road that tdig advise there. And thanks for the link, tdig - I'll have to check that out in full soon.

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                          http://sourmashmanifesto.com/2011/05...he-mint-julep/

                          Of if you prefer someone recite the poetry while making a mint julep...

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJV-O1e10z8

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                            http://awesomedrinks.com is offering 15% off with code "NEWS14" and they always offer free shipping on orders over $50. They have the best prices I've seen on Bittermens bitters (albeit only by a buck or so and I'm in NYC) and that is before you even apply the discount. I highly recommend picking up the hellfire shrub and the mole and making this: http://barnotes.co/recipes/no-country-for-old-men

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                              Originally posted by Sartorialist View Post
                              http://awesomedrinks.com is offering 15% off with code "NEWS14" and they always offer free shipping on orders over $50. They have the best prices I've seen on Bittermens bitters (albeit only by a buck or so and I'm in NYC) and that is before you even apply the discount. I highly recommend picking up the hellfire shrub and the mole and making this: http://barnotes.co/recipes/no-country-for-old-men
                              [MENTION=3269]Shomas[/MENTION] looks like another great use for my xxx bitters
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                                Yes it does. Damn. That's going on this weekend's agenda...

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