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Post by halfwise Sun Dec 19, 2021 3:42 pm

Recall that America invented cocktail culture, so a mixologist who relies on a lever while practicing the high art would get no respect.  It's a matter of pride to make a show of the process.  

But unmixed drinks are almost never measured: a barkeep should know the glassware and have free rein to honor valued guests with an extra half finger or so.  It would be an insult to all involved to insist on mechanizing the sacred pour.  Would you insist on timing a handshake to a standard 2.5 seconds?  'Tis a mockery to do so. Such things are social contracts and would cheapen the human experience in much the same way as baguette vending machines have crumbled the culture of France.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sun Dec 19, 2021 4:41 pm

{{ To quote a Frankie Boyle joke-

'I once saw an Englishman in a Glasgow pub trying to order a lager and lime, and the barman said, "We don't do cocktails."'

And a Scottish barman would never give an extra anything, less if they weren't measures, more, never!

And as for an insult, the insult is mixing spirits with anything else. If the distiller wanted anything else in their whisky they would put it there themselves. It's insulting the distillery not to drink it as is presented from the bottle. Cocktails are an abomination, turning perfectly good spirits into weird sticky sweet things with cherries and umbrellas in them. No It's cruelty to drink! Mad }}

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Post by halfwise Sun Dec 19, 2021 5:12 pm

But a cocktail is usually made with medium grade stuff - stuff you'd be willing to drink, but not something to savor.  You mix it carefully and it can become something to savor.  Or something that goes down way too easily (margarita I'm looking at YOU) even if made with stuff you wouldn't normally drink by itself.

Fruit juices are naturally high grade, so mixing with something cheap elevates the cheap stuff. Just don't mix cheap stuff with cheap stuff. This is why it's a sin to make a cocktail with a bottled fruit mix: you've got what you need fresh, and it's infinitely better. They do it to save time, so any cocktail that comes out quickly is to be avoided. The damn levers on the bottles are a time saver and so are shunned by any self respecting establishment.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sun Dec 19, 2021 5:23 pm

stuff you'd be willing to drink, but not something to savor.- Halfy

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Post by halfwise Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:43 pm

Well then it wouldn't be an insult to brewer to mix it, since you've already insulted the taste.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Mon Dec 20, 2021 1:28 am

{{ Thats not insulting the taste- it's how it's meant to be drunk. Mad And if it's a drink, like say a nice peaty, smoky, island single malt thats at least 50 years old, putting anything in that is sacrilegious!
In short, cheap nasty bevvy should be downed from the bottle without touching the sides, quality bevvy savoured- doesn't leave room in middle for small sticky sweet drinks with cherries in them. Besides, fruit is not part of the Scottish diet, it's way too hard to deep-fry it. Mad }}

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Post by halfwise Mon Dec 20, 2021 2:19 am

That's like saying there's nothing between a fully dressed lass and a lass in her birthday, suit; but there is: a lass in Daisy Dukes and a T-shirt tied up on one side to show a fetching midriff. And sometimes that in-between look is the best of all - it depends on the lass and the clothes with a proper marriage being made between them.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Mon Dec 20, 2021 10:15 am

a lass in Daisy Dukes and a T-shirt tied up on one side to show a fetching midriff- Halfy

{{In Scotland that's called hypothermia! }}

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon Dec 20, 2021 4:10 pm

In Newcastle that's Winter attire.
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Post by Mrs Figg Tue Dec 21, 2021 12:31 pm

My brother in England thinks he has covid or flu. He had a negative test, but is having another one to make sure. Regardless, its shit.
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Post by halfwise Tue Dec 21, 2021 2:07 pm

The omicron seems to break through everything.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Tue Dec 21, 2021 7:09 pm

{{ Loch Eck, the mirror loch living up to its nickname }}

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Post by chris63 Wed Dec 22, 2021 6:42 am

42 degrees on Christmas day. Lovely.


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Post by halfwise Wed Dec 22, 2021 1:20 pm

Shocked At least you'll have inland humidity, otherwise it would be death on a stick.

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Post by Mrs Figg Wed Dec 22, 2021 1:23 pm

42 No yucky yucksters.
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Post by chris63 Sat Dec 25, 2021 6:37 am

2.30pm Xmas day and it's 42 degrees ATM. 44 tomorrow. On a sad note my wife's father passed away this morning. Crying or Very sad

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Post by Lancebloke Sat Dec 25, 2021 7:22 am

Happy Christmas everyone!

I know some people don't like this day too much, but still wishing you all the best!!
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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sat Dec 25, 2021 7:23 am

{{ Merry Xmas to you too Lance and all Forumshire! pub }}

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Post by azriel Sat Dec 25, 2021 10:54 am

I wish calm and peace to you all, a relaxing, warm, cosy day.
Im so sorry Chris about your sad news Sad

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Sat Dec 25, 2021 11:13 am

{{ Sorry Chris, missed your post, in off the nightshift, brain on dull. My condolences to your wife and to you and the family. Terrible at any time, all the worse at this time. }}

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Post by malickfan Sat Dec 25, 2021 12:13 pm

So sorry for your loss Chris, my condolences to you and your family Sad

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Post by malickfan Sat Dec 25, 2021 12:13 pm

Merry Christmas everyone, wishing christmas cheer and joy to all drunken santa pub :hug:

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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Dec 25, 2021 3:13 pm

sorry to hear your sad news Chris.

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Post by Lancebloke Sat Dec 25, 2021 3:23 pm

Totally didn't read that when I posted. Sorry to hear the news Chris.
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