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Old 10-24-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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Nice after dinner drinks?

Once in awhile, especially in the cooler weather, DW and I like to have a small after dinner drink. I'm thinking of something like Grand Marnier. It's a little costly but one bottle lasts quite a long time around here.

So now I'm wondering what I've been missing? Are there other drinks out there I should be trying? Suggestions?

P.S. You don't really have to be ER'd to do this one, but maybe the drinks taste better?
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:51 PM   #2
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DH and I like Brandy and Benedictine. We usually treat ourselves to a bottle around the holidays.
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:54 PM   #3
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For myself, I like a single malt whisky, taken with a few drops of water to release the flavors. The criterion for doing this is not the weather, but if the day has a "y" in it.

DW is much more reserved and her favorites are Drambuie, Cointreau and Baileys (over ice). If get a bottle of each in the house for Christmas, they will usually last all year. Tia Maria is another she likes on occaision, a small glass taken with a cup of coffee.
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After a copious meal, I like a drop of Chartreuse or Limoncello. But I also enjoy a small glass of Gentleman Jack or Cognac on cold days.
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I like a little variety and I'd include B&B and Grand Marnier on my list too. I'd add Sambuca (with 3 coffee beans) also for a change of pace. Kahlua or Drambuie every once in a while, but too sweet IMO to have often.

Another choice, port and dark chocolate or port and toasted walnuts, after dinner.
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Ingredients

Stinger
  • 2 1/4 ounces brandy
  • 3/4 ounce white creme de menthe
Glass Type: cocktail glass

Instructions


Shake well with cracked ice -- and go easy on the crème de menthe -- then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. The Stinger is sometimes served with a pair of short straws. Don't tell anyone we said so, but the Stinger is almost as tasty if you make it with a good white rum, such as Brugal. You can call that a Picador, we suppose.



Read more: Stinger - Drink Recipe – How to Make the Perfect Stinger - Esquire
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One of my favs is a Bellini cocktail---peach nectar and champagne.
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Another B&B vote, especially in cold weather. Amaretto is one of my warm weather favorites, but it's very sweet. Bailey's anytime. Schnapps in whatever flavor you like, also in cold weather, of course.
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Another B&B vote, especially in cold weather. Amaretto is one of my warm weather favorites, but it's very sweet. Bailey's anytime. Schnapps in whatever flavor you like, also in cold weather, of course.
I used to like peach brandy on a cold evening. Haven't had any in years.
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Good suggestions, I'm taking notes so keep them coming. Also like Midpack's suggestion of walnuts, though I haven't tried any toasted ones. Walnuts with Grand Marnier on a cold night is really delightful.
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I used to love grasshoppers but have not had one in years...too sweet but I think it would make an excellent dessert. I think it is creme de menthe, ice cream and something else...maybe creme de cacao. Forget it, too many ingredients...best to order it in a restaurant. A grasshopper was my 21st birthday drink in a fancy restaurant my dh2B took me to by way of celebration. He ordered. I had no idea what constituted a cocktail back then.
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Chartreuse is my favorite liqueur. I also favor a thimble of Patron, a tequila-based coffee liqueur. I really mean thimble; I use a very tiny glass that holds half an ounce. It's enough for me.

We are going to ask the local boozoir to order Navan, a vanilla liqueur made by the Grand Marnier folks. If it's as good as the orange stuff, it should be very good indeed.

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Was recently looking for some new drink possibilities for sitting by the fire on a cold night.

Bun Warmer - apricot brandy, Southern Comfort, apple cider

Chocolate Coffee Kiss - Grand Marnier, irish cream, coffee liqueur, brown creme de cacao, chocolate syrup, coffee

Chocolate Raspberry Forest - raspberry liqueur, vodka, white creme de cacao

Flying Bomber - amaretto, irish cream, creme de cacao, coffee liqueur, coffee, whipped cream

Hot Chocolate Rasta - coffee liqueur, coconut rum, hot chocolate, whipped cream

Hot Cinnamon Cider Martini - apple cider, applejack, cinnamon schnapps

Have not tried any of these exact recipes yet; supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow, so likely no sitting in front of the fireplace...
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Was recently looking for some new drink possibilities for sitting by the fire on a cold night.

Bun Warmer - apricot brandy, Southern Comfort, apple cider

Chocolate Coffee Kiss - Grand Marnier, irish cream, coffee liqueur, brown creme de cacao, chocolate syrup, coffee

Chocolate Raspberry Forest - raspberry liqueur, vodka, white creme de cacao

Flying Bomber - amaretto, irish cream, creme de cacao, coffee liqueur, coffee, whipped cream

Hot Chocolate Rasta - coffee liqueur, coconut rum, hot chocolate, whipped cream

Hot Cinnamon Cider Martini - apple cider, applejack, cinnamon schnapps

Have not tried any of these exact recipes yet; supposed to be 90 degrees tomorrow, so likely no sitting in front of the fireplace...
All of these sound very tasty. I also enjoy a chocolate martini after dinner.
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On a cold evening, if you can't sleep because you know 1) the car will be frozen up the next day or 2) you'll have 15 inches of snow to shovel before 3) you have to go to wo*K in the morning, try the "Little David" cocktail. It's a water glass filled with the dregs of anything in the house (80 proof or better).

One glass and you Goliath down.
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Not 5 minutes ago I mixed up something new for me:

2 oz bourbon
1 oz cointreau
1 oz fresh lemon juice
ice

Very refreshing . . .

back again 10 minutes later . . . this bourbon thing is giving me a nice buzz . . .
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For after dinner I tend toward gin martinis. On a cold night maybe a glass of port or a shot of bourbon. In warmer weather a nice sipping tequila like Tres Generaciones.
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sipping tequila is good. I also like an occasional sip of Drambuie or Nocino
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After a fine dinner of Mac & cheese tonight, I topped it off with a couple of my home-brewed India Pale Ales
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We enjoy a glass of Madeira (Malvasia) or Port after a nice dinner.
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