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Discussion in 'Lovely Grub' started by cottonwoodroot, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. cottonwoodroot

    cottonwoodroot Tenderfoot

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    I was going to ask this on my earlier thread, however I thought it warranted it's own discussion. As I stated in the spices post, I am trying to add a few creature comforts into my sub 15 pound bushcraft pack.
    I have allotted myself 3 ounces for alcohol (not to be used for dis-infect ant if you know what I mean)
    Clearly beer or wine are off the list. I heard of an old guy here that used to make moonshine (before he was arrested) that was of a sufficient strength to make an appropriate mix of one teaspoon to a can of soda. 3 ounces of that stuff would likely get the party started.
    In all seriousness though, I am not desirous of achieving a high state of inebriation while out practicing bushcraft, just looking for a small sample for myself and possibly my wife to enjoy as the sun sinks behind the mountains.

    Here are the contents of my current "liquor cabinet"

    1 oz. Grand Marnier
    1 oz. Jamaican Spiced Rum
    1 oz. Baileys

    Suggestions? Mixed drink recipes with other contents of the pack are more than welcome.
     
  2. John Fenna

    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    Laphroiag - throw out the rest.
    Do the same at home.
    This IS the be all and end all ... if you can afford it!
     
  3. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Cask strength Caol Ila. Throw away those girly drinks. Splash of clean mountain water and sip as the sun goes down. Its oily, smoky, seaweed and peat. Like an angel crying on your tongue.
     
  4. cottonwoodroot

    cottonwoodroot Tenderfoot

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    Thanks Jon and British Red. You can count on me sampling both those no doubt fine beverages.
     
  5. bobnewboy

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    Although I am partial to a drop of Laphroiag, I also find Bushmill's Black Label Irish whiskey very much to my taste. The two are very different, but both worth your time and money if you can find a well stocked bar in which to try them.
     
  6. mrostov

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    In the bang per carried weight ratio, Everclear and Tang cut with a bit of water from the purifier makes a good happy juice out in the boondocks, especially if you are carrying it in a pack. A bit barbaric, but it gets the job done.

    I don't know if you have Everclear over there, but it's pure grain alcohol. Depending upon what state you are in it will be either 151 proof or 190 proof. Mix it with some Tang instant breakfast drink and cut it with a bit of water so you don't blow out too many brain cells too fast.

    Over here the government just approved for sale instant, powdered alcohol. That should open up a whole new frontier.

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    Good Armangnac for me.
     
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    cottonwoodroot Tenderfoot

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    Grand suggestions all gentlemen. I consider it my solemn duty to sample as many suggestions as possible. Rostov I will have to check on the legality of everclear. I know it can be purchased across the border in Alaska but I am not certain about here in BC. I like the suggestion of mountain water as a mix. Just seems fitting somehow.
     
  10. santaman2000

    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Out of the ones listed so far my pick would be the rum although I'd prefer it unspiced. The reason being spiced rum is best served in cold drinks whereas plain rum is better in hot drinks such as I'd prefer in your location. Particularly "Hot Buttered Rum" (the original colonial version, not the ice cream versions of today)

    2 tablespoons brown sugar4 teaspoons butter or 4 teaspoons margarine, softened (butter preferred)
    1 dash ground cinnamon
    1 dash ground nutmeg
    1 [SUP]1[/SUP]⁄[SUB]2[/SUB] cups water
    [SUP]1[/SUP]⁄[SUB]2[/SUB] cup rum

    Mix all ingredients except the rum and simmer until all powdered ingredients and butter are melted/dissolved and the mixture is hot. Pour a measure of rum into a mug and fill with the hot liquid.
     
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    Something else we agree on Mr Fenna. I usually bring a bottle to the Naughty Corner.

    I always have a hip flask of this in my back pack. It has a deep smokey peat taste. I use it in my jerky marinades too.


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  12. Robson Valley

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    I pondered this question. If I had the chance opportunity to take just one, just one, for a small tot each night as the nectar
    of human craftsmanship, I know what that would be.
    It is none of your concern at all. You pick 3-4 oz of your drink, have a sip and bundle in for a new day.
    My outdoors, day and night, needs no alteration with drink.
     
  13. cottonwoodroot

    cottonwoodroot Tenderfoot

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    Santaman that recipe sounds highly intruiging. I just bought a pound of powdered butter. Do you think this would work in a pinch as a substitute for real butter?
     
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    Another +1 for the Islay whiskys.... You cant go far wrong with them
     
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    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I really don't know. Try the experiment at home and make one with regular butter and one with the powdered butter for comparison. Then decide. What have you got to lose :)
     
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    Much talk of smoky whiskey; have to say that the milder ones are quite as good, Oban and Highland Park comes to mind.
     
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    If I could FIND it in the UK at a price that would not need a bank loan.. BOOKERS SINGLE CASK BOURBON........ Oh Heaven.. 136 proof sippin whisky from JB or failing that...a flask of good old roughneck...( Jack Daniels to the uninitiated)
     
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    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Most people pay too much for "single cask" whiskey (whatever brand) The only advantage you get from it is if you buy every bottle from the same "single" cask. That's the whole point of it; for each bottle to be from the same cask as the others so that you have 100 bottles (or however many you can get from a cask) that all taste exactly the same. If you only buy one bottle, you're just paying a premium price for a bottle that's matched to other bottles bought by other people.
     
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    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    You have deeper pockets than I do!
    I get about one bottle a year as a super special treat - darnit - a bottle of Lidl Glen Orchy is a treat for me...most of the time I stick to home made wine or Sloe/Blackberry/Damson Gin/Brandy made with stuff that would be undrinkable without the fruit and sugar (and this is someone who can enjoy "Cape Smoke" neat....
     

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