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I have two standard go-to cocktails when I go out in Milwaukee: the brandy old fashioned, and a white Russian.
Usually, any bartender in any bar in this city can make a decent brandy old fashioned. Maybe itâ€™s part of the training for most bartenders, but I have run across a few places that either use a mix (no!) or donâ€™t have the fruit, or just kind of mess it up.
White Russians, Iâ€™ve found, are way more hit or miss â€“ which is largely due to my taste, but itâ€™s hard to find a good one. Or, worse yet, a bar doesnâ€™t have any cream.
So, basically, I donâ€™t like to experiment with those two drinks.
That said, I will pretty much try any vodka drink, just for some variety when weâ€™re out. To this, I have no shame. Iâ€™ve had really good ones, Iâ€™ve had some bad ones and Iâ€™ve even tried the bottled sâ€™mores-flavored kind â€“ do not, DO NOT, do the same. Itâ€™s the most abhorrent alcohol Iâ€™ve ever tried.
Anyway, I feel Iâ€™ve been seeing a number of cucumber infused vodka cocktails of late, and after giving it another go at the AP Bar & Kitchen with its "Loving Cup," which is made out of house infused cucumber-berry vodka, pimms, lemon and soda.
Afterwards, Iâ€™ve decided to just say no to the cucumber.
This isnâ€™t to knock APâ€™s mix. No, it actually was refreshing for what it was. But having given it an honest effort at several places I came to a judgment: Cucumber is just a taste that doesnâ€™t belong in alcohol.
Itâ€™s a benign vegetable anyway that really only adds some crunch to a salad, and while Iâ€™m all for mixologists and alcohol-makers to experiment…Read more...