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#1 beau_cauchemar

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 10:08 PM

I know that DITAs have been discussed before but I thought to update some impressions.

Basically, Kübler + Martini & Rossi Asti = A very drinkable/enjoyable way to reach the upper stratosphere quick. Think "Mountain Dew strapped to a rocketship." A few friends and I indulged in 3 or 4 of these and then put on Fear and Loathing. Can't remember when I've had such a great (read: intoxicating) time.


Just in case others have had bad experiences with other champagne brands/types, Asti is so far the hands-down best to use. Because let's face it, sometimes, just sometimes the French method needs a break.


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Edited by beau_cauchemar, 10 December 2007 - 10:09 PM.


#2 metodd1

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 10:28 PM

I have had good DITAs with semiseco cava before.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 05:48 AM

I've enjoyed a couple DITA's and that was fine for me.


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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:09 AM

When I feel like having just one drink (and want max effect) DITA's are a nice! :devil:
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:21 AM

Toro Negro=bad, Freixenet=bad. Asti=good, Gran Cinzano=good, Igristoje=good. Any absinthe is ok with.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:05 AM

Can't remember the champagne, but I tried it once and it was absolutely vile.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:13 AM

My feeling, too. Maggie sez DITAs need cheap bubbly. The Asti is probably a good bet but I haven't had a sip of one that I was willing to follow with another sip. I think I'll hang with the cold spring water.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:15 AM

Funny thing is I've still never had a DITA. Since I never buy champagne anyway, after reading people's reports I haven't been curious enough to pick any up to try a DITA.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 10:21 AM

I love champagne. I love absinthe. I still don't like mixing the two together.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 10:59 AM

I just finished "Death in the Afternoon" two nights ago and found it an interesting read.

Have yet to try the drink.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 01:39 PM

If you're using a drier champagne, a pinch of superfine sugar doesn't hurt.

edit - ...and yeah, not a cocktail to have if you are planning on driving.

BTW, it is also another of the cocktails sometimes referred to as a "Corpse Reviver." According to Colin Field's "Cocktails of the Ritz Paris" invented by Frank Meier at that bar during his tenure there.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 04:29 PM

In my study and pursuit of the perfect DITA I have found that dry sparklers lead to a vile concoction, while a semi-sweet to sweet sparkler makes the drink a highly enjoyable beverage, which has in one instance led to my clutching the toilet and crying, but I digress.

My sparkling recommendations are to find a cheap bubbly (Ballatore or Asti Spumante, Cooks) that is at least semi-sweet to full on sweet (read Extra Dry, Sec, Demi-Sec, or Doux on the label). If you want to go for something a little more fancy that is still sweet enough for the drink to work, I highly recommend Saracco Moscato d'Asti. It runs about $17 a bottle, but it makes the best high class DITA around. And when you're paying top $ for the absinthe in it, why not splurge a little for the sparkling that makes up most of the drink? :cheers:
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 07:02 PM

...Maggie sez DITAs need cheap bubbly....

:nono: I didn't say cheap! I said sweet! Like me. :devil:

In my study and pursuit of the perfect DITA I have found that dry sparklers lead to a vile concoction, while a semi-sweet to sweet sparkler makes the drink a highly enjoyable beverage, which has in one instance led to my clutching the toilet and crying, but I digress. :cheers:

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 01:59 AM

In my study and pursuit of the perfect DITA I have found that dry sparklers lead to a vile concoction, while a semi-sweet to sweet sparkler makes the drink a highly enjoyable beverage
And when you're paying top $ for the absinthe in it, why not splurge a little for the sparkling that makes up most of the drink? :cheers:

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 08:43 PM

What are you doing up at 3:59am!?!

BTW, in the name of full disclosure on the impact of excessive DITA ingestion on one's physical and mental state, the SO has asked that I add the following warning:

Ingesting more than 3 DITAs in an evening can result in laying on the bathroom floor while one's adorable little doggy takes advantage of one's leg, arm, head, etc. Also, you may find yourself asking for sweet death the following morning.
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 02:12 AM

What are you doing up at 3:59am!?!

BTW, in the name of full disclosure on the impact of excessive DITA ingestion on one's physical and mental state, the SO has asked that I add the following warning:

Ingesting more than 3 DITAs in an evening can result in laying on the bathroom floor while one's adorable little doggy takes advantage of one's leg, arm, head, etc. Also, you may find yourself asking for sweet death the following morning.


First, if that time reference was in regards to me, the answer is because I am an overnight security guard with a lot of free internet time :)

Secondly, I do not understand this *common* inability to handle DITAs. I'm not trying to boast and am certainly not the fraternity type but I enjoyed 3 DITAs and 2 french methods in a matter of 4-5 hours and felt great the whole time. The next morning? My cold was still there (not a surprise) but woke up without hardly a hint of a hangover. You guys must be louching with meds and not sugar... just kidding :)

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 04:14 AM

Hey, Beau. She was referring to me. No worries, still the same.

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 05:43 PM

Well,

I took the advice and bought some Asti which is sweet.

So far I tried it with CLB wine base and it was pretty good.

Now, I'm drinking it with the Marteau and it is incredible!! :thumbup:

I guarantee if you use the Marteau you will not be disappointed.

Thanks again Hiram!

I used Sant'Orsola Asti.

Next, I'm going to try Sant'Orsola Brachetto D'acqui (which is red with the La Maitresse Rouge.

Thanks for all the advice everyone!! :thumbup: :cheers:

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 10:21 PM

Glad to hear you liked them. The better the absinthe, the better the DITA. I figured that out when I used the original Doubs to make one. :thumbdown:
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 07:49 AM

I really do not enjoy the DITA. Tried once with Asti Martini but had to sink it. As T73 I prefer to mix my absinthe with spring water.
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 01:34 PM

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 03:35 PM

I'm surprised that so many people don't like them. I found it surreal, nothing like what I expected. The type of champagne we used escapes me right now, but I know it was Spanish, sweet, inexpensive and I think it was pink. You guys make me thirsty.
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#23 Daniel

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 08:57 PM

As an absinthe n00b, the idea of mixing it with anything other than ice water to me is scandalous... though it does kinda sound interesting.

I can just imagine how it tastes on the rebound though... :puke:
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 09:05 PM

I prefer it with cava, but it is just fine with asti.

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 11:25 AM

Un grand Tremblement de Terre?
I just happen to have a bottle of Asti in the fridge and Kübler. Super Bowl Sunday in BC? Hmmm...
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 12:21 PM

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Looks like a waste of Marteau to me.

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 01:21 PM

Death in the Afternoon
The official drink of the New York Giants.
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 04:42 PM

Cowbwoy, what do you think of the Risque? I've heard it is on the sweeter side (perfect for a DITA), but I'm wondering how it rates in general.
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 07:03 PM

Death in the Afternoon
The official drink of the New York Giants.

:devil:

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:09 AM

Go Pats. :shock: ;)
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