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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

I'm a simple girl with simple tastes.

I tend to think that less is more when it comes to ingredients and preparation of drinks I enjoy.  

 

I've been exposed to some drinks that are delicious but complex.  Complex enough that I could taste a lot of nuance-y flavors but  I wasn't sure what was in them. 

 

This latest blog entry about the difference between clear ice or cloudy ice had me wondering.......

How many people out there over think their drink?

 

 

Seriously, give me a Scotch & Soda or a simple Margarita or a nice Cognac 

 

Less is more. 

post #2 of 20
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 

I'm a simple girl with simple tastes.

I tend to think that less is more when it comes to ingredients and preparation of drinks I enjoy.  

 

I've been exposed to some drinks that are delicious but complex.  Complex enough that I could taste a lot of nuance-y flavors but  I wasn't sure what was in them. 

 

This latest blog entry about the difference between clear ice or cloudy ice had me wondering.......

How many people out there over think their drink?

 

 

Seriously, give me a Scotch & Soda or a simple Margarita or a nice Cognac 

 

Less is more. 

Except for the times that less really is less.

post #3 of 20

Single Malt... maybe a couple drops of water, but that's a maybe. And give me a beer. I'm happy. Less is way more. :)

post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Single Malt... maybe a couple drops of water, but that's a maybe. And give me a beer. I'm happy. Less is way more. smile.gif

Well, it's less for you and TC. The history and process that went into that scotch is not simple, even though the ingredients may be few. Not arguing; just expanding the thought. Part of the reason not to adulterate too much is to let that complexity shine through.

Also interesting how we often have slowly drifting taste preferences over the years and decades.
post #5 of 20

I'm with you on the less is more thing. I actually think that was the point of the blog on clear ice - dude wanted less crap in his drink. Granted, getting there required a lot of over-thinking. Then again, I guess that's how we've come to acquire great scotch, whiskey, etc. - people over-thinking the less is more approach.

post #6 of 20

When I drank my preferences in order were:

 

Beer

Bourbon, Makers especially

Tequila

Everything else

 

I can remember the serious dissonance trying to decide what to start with when the Kentucky Derby and Cinco De Mayo fell on the same day:dunno:confused:dunno

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

When I drank my preferences in order were:

 

Beer

Bourbon, Makers especially

Tequila

Everything else

 

I can remember the serious dissonance trying to decide what to start with when the Kentucky Derby and Cinco De Mayo fell on the same day:dunno:confused:dunno

 #firstworldproblems

 

;)

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post


Well, it's less for you and TC. The history and process that went into that scotch is not simple, even though the ingredients may be few. Not arguing; just expanding the thought. Part of the reason not to adulterate too much is to let that complexity shine through.

Also interesting how we often have slowly drifting taste preferences over the years and decades.

And that is why I like "my" mix simple.  There has been a lot of effort put into some of these fine liquors to make them have nuances of their own without adding a lot of other stuff for a drink mixer. 

 

I had a drink with a friend a few weeks ago that had a minimum of 8 ingredients in it.  I enjoyed it but not any more than I do with a similar drink with 4 ingredients, and I feel like I missed the nuances of the primary base of the drink. 

post #9 of 20

The thread title really made me think of this!  First part where Clarence can't make up his mind

 

 

post #10 of 20
Put me squarely in the less is more camp. My 'complicated' drinks are margs, martinis, and gin & tonics, and most of the time it's bourbon, beer, or wine. I admit that I'm kind of impatient with people that order anything more complex than a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
I was thinking about some of the more complex drinks I like and they have relatively few items on the mixology list. 
 
Dark n Stormy = Dark Rum, Ginger Beer, Lime
Margarita = Tequila, Cointreau, Lime
Moscow Mule = Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime
Pimms Royale = Pimms, Champagne (a whole strawberry or slice of cucumber sometimes) 
@segbrown made a great drink with Pimms a couple years ago at Abasin that was super yummy.  Not sure what was in it, but I'm betting it was simple. 
Mint Julep = Bourbon and mint simple syrup (I make my own simple syrup with fresh mint from my herb garden)
Mojito = Rum, Mint simple syrup, Lime
Gin & Tonic = Gin (Hentricks) Tonic, Lime 
 
^^^^ there's a lot of lime in those drinks.  Must be I like lime.:D

In Reference to the link in the first post about the clear ice/cloudy ice.  I think there is something to the mineral content in the water having an effect on the drink, but I can't be bothered with it.  I just go to the fridge with an ice maker and take whats there. 

Lazy?  Perhaps

post #12 of 20
Well, first, it was a Pimm's Cup, which uses Pimm's No. 7 and ginger ale (or similar) and a bunch of fruit. Pimm's itself is quite complicated, to qcanoe's point.

Second, in 3 minutes, I am boarding a plane to Bermuda, home of the Dark n Stormy. We plan to visit the Goslings factory, ya want anything??
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

Well, first, it was a Pimm's Cup, which uses Pimm's No. 7 and ginger ale (or similar) and a bunch of fruit. Pimm's itself is quite complicated, to qcanoe's point.

Second, in 3 minutes, I am boarding a plane to Bermuda, home of the Dark n Stormy. We plan to visit the Goslings factory, ya want anything??

Ahhh, yes! Gosling's Dark Rum and Ginger Beer. I'll see you there! :beercheer:

post #14 of 20

I try to keep it as simple as possible. Bourbon or scotch...somethings a glass. 

post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 

3 ingredients
@segbrown I was going to make a dark n Stormy tonight but am out of Goslings.

@DSloan this is still some of the grenadine that you sent us. That was a huge supply.
Edited by Trekchick - 6/5/14 at 8:58pm
post #16 of 20

Wow. That was a couple of years ago!!! Hah.

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 
I was thinking about some of the more complex drinks I like and they have relatively few items on the mixology list. 
 
Dark n Stormy = Dark Rum, Ginger Beer, Lime
Margarita = Tequila, Cointreau, Lime
Moscow Mule = Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime
Pimms Royale = Pimms, Champagne (a whole strawberry or slice of cucumber sometimes) 
@segbrown made a great drink with Pimms a couple years ago at Abasin that was super yummy.  Not sure what was in it, but I'm betting it was simple. 
Mint Julep = Bourbon and mint simple syrup (I make my own simple syrup with fresh mint from my herb garden)
Mojito = Rum, Mint simple syrup, Lime
Gin & Tonic = Gin (Hentricks) Tonic, Lime 
 
^^^^ there's a lot of lime in those drinks.  Must be I like lime.:D

In Reference to the link in the first post about the clear ice/cloudy ice.  I think there is something to the mineral content in the water having an effect on the drink, but I can't be bothered with it.  I just go to the fridge with an ice maker and take whats there. 

Lazy?  Perhaps

 

Lest we forget to over think the ice in yer drink,

 

generally speaking

 

clear ice is made by freezing the water as it cascades down a cold plate, the minerals precipitate and only the water freezes.

 

cloudy ice is made by filling a form like an ice cube tray and freezing the water along with whatever is in it.

 

cloudy ice is generally colder than clear ice, unless the clear ice is stored in a freezer.

 

when i get home i think i am going to make a beefeater martini:dirty; on the rocks:cloudy; garnished with a slice of cucumber:cool :cool.

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Snowsport View Post
 

Ahhh, yes! Gosling's Dark Rum and Ginger Beer. I'll see you there! :beercheer:

 

They make them strong here ... I guess the Gosling's is cheaper. ;-)

post #19 of 20

post #20 of 20

There are a lot of tiny, subtle little things that can help make a drink great or relegate it to mediocrity. Reach for the travel mug during a Monday morning commute, looking forward achingly toward that first sip of coffee or tea, only to have a cloud of faith-sapping sorrow descend when you realize that the plastic sippy lid was run through the dishwasher the night before in the same load with the compost bucket top.

 

That was just context. My real point is that one of these subtle influencing factors is who makes your drink. The economy of movement some bartenders exhibit is worth the price of the drink all by itself. And if she is cute, so much the better.

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