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#1 Larspeart

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:13 PM

3 parts Absinthe- I prefer a bolder one here.
3 parts Cognac- Remy VSOP works nicely. So does the Pierre Ferrand Reserve.

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#2 Brian Robinson

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:10 PM

A variation, which shows up in vintage cocktail books is:

1/3 gin
1/3 whisky
1/3 absinthe


Shake with ice. Strain into cocktail glass.

Savoy Cocktail Book, 1930




However, I prefer the cognac and absinthe version, but prepped by adding at least the same amount of water as liquor, shaken, and strained into a cocktail glass.

It drinks like a vintage absinthe, as the cognac lends a lot of the old books and leather aromas and flavors you'd find in old absinthe.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:07 PM

Hmmmm. Maybe T-L was just seeing into the future.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:50 PM

Perhaps he was leaning more towards the effect. ;)
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#5 Julie Legate

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:53 PM

The Earthquake is my favorite night cap.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:04 PM

Very enjoyable night cap, indeed. Especially, when sipped next to a nice bon fire!

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:12 PM

I dislike the Earthquake as is. However, take a half ounce absinthe and a half ounce brandy and add water to taste....delicious.

An Earthquake with water is probably not an Earthquake, but I wouldn't want to drink an Earthquake without water.
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#8 Joe Legate

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:50 AM

It is a nightcap, for sure. I'll have to give it a go with the water. Usually, I'll have an Earthquake on the rocks, allowing the ice to slowly provide the dilution. The Earthquake is not a drink I want to rush through.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:58 PM

A few years ago I used Perique instead of cognac, and thought it was very good. At the same time, I realized I like Perique by itself and absinthe by itself even better. It's definitely worth trying, though.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:58 AM

I'll have to try the "earthquake", at some point.
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#11 Joe Legate

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:59 AM

In less than 8 weeks, we can make that happen. :wave2:

#12 Larspeart

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:32 PM

Was just thinking that. Sazerac's are always (when out) my Last Drink. SO knows that when I order that, that's my last one/I'm tapping out.

However... for GAAF... maybe we'll give the Earthquake a whirl?

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#13 Joe Legate

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:58 PM

It would be a shame if we didn't. :cheers:


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