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    Aug30

    What’s in your liquor cabinet?

    It seems that everyone has been posting up lists of their spirit bounty for all to admire and gawk at. Such posts have even prompted me to rearrange my cabinet, devoting the entire lower portion to rum. This has brought me much joy. But this post will be different.

    I won’t list all of the lusty rums or swathe of Marie Brizard liqueurs. In fact, the title of this post is just wrong. Let me fix it.

    What you wish wasn’t in your liquor cabinet

    I could try to make claims that all of these were purchased by friends or given as gifts or even that they were part of “grand experiments,” but I wouldn’t be able to deny the fact that some of these, at least at the time, were purchased to use. Now, most of them sit in the alternate liquor cabinet, a shelf leading down the basement steps.

    Loathe to throw away abysmal spirits, I tend to direct my staggering friends to “the basements stairs” when the desire of shots is upon them. This is usually only successful on those unforgettable nights which are never spoken of again … usually because no one remembers them.

    The List

    • Jacquin’s Creme de Cacao
    • Jacquin’s Sloe Gin
    • Villa Massa Limoncello
    • Mackdale’s Original Butterscotch Schnapps
    • Dancing Sea Platinum
    • Smirnoff Vodka
    • Jacquin’s Peppermint Schnapps
    • Cruzan Banana Rum
    • Jose Cuervo Tequila
    • Maraska Pear Liqueur
    • Gaetano Vanilla Schnapps
    • Toucan rum
    • Smirnoff Cranberry Twist
    • Vox Raspberry Vodka
    • Seagram’s Gin
    • Malibu Coconut Rum

    As I was looking through I thought I’d take a glass and sip a few of the stranger items, but then I realized this would be a stupid idea and poured a small glass of Ron Bermudez Aniversario from the Dominican Republic. This bottle was left with a bunch of others as payment for puppy care. I couldn’t find anything about it on the net. It sort of smells like burnt tobacco, but in a good way. The taste is plain, but not bad.

    I did end up with one good find: St. James Rhum Vieux Agricole. Only a couple of ounces. I think I’ll leave it down there as a future surprise.

    Now You Share

    What liquor are you ashamed of owning?


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    19 Comments to “ What’s in your liquor cabinet?”
    1. GabrielNo Gravatar says:

      Razzmatazz and Blue Island Pucker… *shudders*

      I have no love for the Cherry infused Xtreme! Vodka either… blargh.

    2. PaulNo Gravatar says:

      I’ve sacrificed most of my unhappy purchases to the kitchen sink, in the interest of opening up room for the good stuff. Though, that bottle of Sauza has a pretty good layer of dust on it, and the Vedrenne Creme de Cassis that prompted me to scuttle a MxMo entry a few months back really needs the bum’s rush–don’t know if that’s brand, or if the bottle I have got skunky after being open too long (someone left it here after a party), but blech. And if I ever wind up with steady access to Marie Brizard goodies, then those DeKuyper liqueurs better watch out.

    3. RowenNo Gravatar says:

      With the sense of doing something I’ll regret instantly, I gotta admit there’s a bottle of Peachtree somewheres. Don’t use it much these days. Some old acquaintance of my housemate brought a bottle of Smirnoff to a big Christmas party. It’s good when I need to clean something really grungy. There’s some really boring dry sack from two Christmases ago that might hide in the wassail, but not sure it’s worth the bother. There’s a creme de myrtille that’s really boring too. Let’s see–oh, that nauseating Bailey’s somebody brought last Christmas. That is, hands down, the nastiest thing in there. I should go spill it out right now.

      Really guilty ones–ones that I had more to do with–would be the sour apple that gets revived once in a while for a certain party shot, and a De Kuyper apricot brandy that hides OK in a couple of things.

    4. Let’s see, going down the list of booze on my shelf….

      UV Cherry Vodka (but makes a decent Cherry Coke!)
      Sublime Orange Liqueur (had a friend that worked for Brown Forman who’d through me weird stuff every once in awhile, rarely good)
      B&B (Because I MEANT to pick up Benedictine, but was in a rush…)
      Captain Morgan Tattoo (gotta try everything once, eh?)
      Black Cat Rum (India). I lived close by a small Indian-owned liquor store. They had 3 different rums from India. I left most of them at someone’s house, for a good reason.
      Bacardi Big Apple (A joke in SoCa for friends who were staying at the Apple Farm)
      Florentino (the cheap man’s Galliano)
      Pumpkin Smash (no, just no)
      IKEA Glogg (this prompted a “Glog-Off” with a friend that, sadly, never surfaced.)

      Yet, I am just too cheap to throw any of it away. There’s still room for more.

    5. Malibu Rum….. the BIG bottle, nasty synthetic taste. I pawn it off on the guests that think Bacardi Gold is top-shelf.

      That was a gift, but I actually bought a bottle of Meyers Legend. Nasty stuff in a spectacular bottle. Even my Top-Shelf Bacardi drinking guests wont touch this stuff. If you promise to send the bottle back, you can have the rum inside…..

    6. ScomorokhNo Gravatar says:

      Let me reflect on this…

      1. Aloha Licor Coco & Ron (Teichenne, Spain) – You think, Malibu has artificial taste? Ah-ha-ha-ha!!!! :)

      2. Siroko Triple Sec (Teichenne, Spain) – Oranges, I suppouse, grown in marginal and petroleum polluted land…

      3. Feeney`s Irish Cream Liqueur – extremely weak taste

      4. Lime-Citron (Marie Brazard) – useless and uninspiring liqueur…

    7. I get a lot of bad liquor sent to me in the mail that I, too, try to pawn off on guests who want shots. But the blue curacao I bought hangs around forever, mocking me, like a liquor cabinet albatross.

    8. Doug WinshipNo Gravatar says:

      Gibley’s Gin. Purchased about eight years ago for a party we were having. This was about six months before I discovered Pegus, and I was still of the opinion that Gin was an unredeemably vile liquor consumed only be reprobrates. Since that describes half my friends, I bought two bottle of the stuff. One remains unopened, cluttering up my liquor cabinet to this day.
      Bombay Sapphire, which I practically have on tap, has a lovely aroma. Gibleys has, well… a smell.

    9. Dr. BambooNo Gravatar says:

      1) Arrow brand raspberry schnapps. I bought this at least 3 years ago, used it once in a recipe and haven’t touched it since. I think the drink actually called for strawberry schnapps, but since I couldn’t find any I bought the raspberry as a substitute. I don’t even remember what the recipe was, but that’s probably a blessing.

      2) Arbor Mist (“blackberry merlot”). I picked this up at least 2 years ago to have something on hand for my mother to drink (she loves Arbor Mist) when she visits. It’s unopened, and likely will remain that way.

    10. DeanNo Gravatar says:

      My cousin’s hand – it’s in my liquor cabinet way too frequently.

    11. Doug WinshipNo Gravatar says:

      You know what the prophet says: If your cousin’s hand causes you to sin, cut it off!

    12. MarleighNo Gravatar says:

      Trader Tiki—Dear God, you have bottled glögg? I’m of Swedish extraction and am forced to imbibe the family recipe every holiday season whether I will it or not. I can only imagine the horror of it bottled. That must make bottled sangria seem delightful in comparison.

      And I freely admitted in my list that I own really, really crappy créme de cacao and créme de menthe. I also own peach and rootbeer schnapps, which makes my bar reek vaguely of “college dorm Friday night.”

    13. Andy S.No Gravatar says:

      Raspberry di Amore – bought in the hopes that it might make a passable substitute for Chambord. Not even close.
      Stoli Razz – left at my apartment in college 4 years ago. It’s just so hard for me to throw away booze.
      Absolut Peppar – I’ve perfected my Bloody Mary recipe, and it no longer includes this. Now I have no idea what to do with it.
      Various flavored rums & vodkas – once in a while the wife decides she needs something from the liquor store when I’m on a shopping spree…her bottles rarely have more than a few ounces drunk out of them before they’re banished to the auxilliary liquor cabinet in the basement.

    14. JoeNo Gravatar says:

      I am sad the Dancing Sea moved its way down to the reject pile, though I can see it has little to do with tiki and almost zero mixability… Don’t throw it away though! I will drink it at the next Yule…or something…

    15. ShawnNo Gravatar says:

      Mea culpa…I have a little Razzmatazz myself. I also have a bottle of bargain kirsch — I wish I had spent more money now.

    16. ChuckNo Gravatar says:

      The worst ones are, sadly, no longer in my liquor cabinet — the first of these I wish I still had just for the novelty value.

      Many years ago, during the “Cajun craze” of the ’80s, Chef Paul Prudhomme (who’s a great chef and who trained many of New Orleans’ current great chefs) actually had a commercially bottled version of his horrid “Cajun Martini,” which was vodka steeped with jalapeño peppers – something I’ve never seen or heard of an actual Cajun actually drinking. Drinking this stuff was like drinking flaming battery acid. Someone I know gave a bottle of this to a Martini drinker as a gift, and not only did the recipient look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth, she insulted and berated him for having foisted this poison upon her. Mine, which was also a gift from someone who undoubtedly meant well, eventually went down the drain.

      Then there was the Absolut Kurant that tasted like Robitussin, and which I quite literally could not give away. I was cheap enough to keep it around for ages until it finally joined the Cajun Martini.

      I’ve still got a bottle of the Sazerac Company’s Praline Liqueur, a pecan-flavored sugar bomb that’s like drinking a liquid praline. I wanted to like this stuff when I bought it, but it’s unspeakably too sweet for drinking. I guess it’s okay over ice cream, or in the kind of ice cream drinks I never drink, or in bread pudding. It’s still at the back of the bottom shelf in the pantry.

    17. SusieNo Gravatar says:

      About halfway through undergrad my husband and I decided we wanted to set up a home bar. We went out and bought handles of all the “essentials”. Jose Cuervo (2), Capt Morgans, Malibu, Seagrams 7, etc. We didn’t quite finish all but a few of these. So now, stashed away behind all the drinkables, I have a whole shelf of mostly empty, ginormous 1.5 L bottles of less desirable liquor. Not to mention the Rose’s grenadine and sweetened lime juice I don’t ever see my self using again. Recently, I’ve been getting rid of some of these alcohols by using them for experimentation with infusing. The end products aren’t too good, but it’s nice to be able to try things without worrying about wasting money.

    18. MickNo Gravatar says:

      I can’t decide if I’m ashamed of it since I did actually bring it back from my honeymoon, but I have this bottle of this Belizean substance called “Nance” Made From Belizean Craboo. I have to add the descriptive line because I can’t figure out if it’s called “Nance” or “Craboo.” Either way it is a difficult and sickly sweet liqueur apparently made from berries.

      I wish I could find some drinks to make with it, but so far, nothing.

      ps: this is merely my 2nd post to a cocktail blog. I’m getting addicted in the bestest of ways.

    19. Bianca SoleiNo Gravatar says:

      Alas my ‘liquor cabinet’ is just a small corner of my kitchen counter. So there’s a LOT that isn’t there. The one thing I regret owning but can’t seem to find the strewngth to pour down the kitchen sink is a half filled bottle of really cheap ouzo that I picked up in Greece nearly a decade ago. THe bottle actually looks gross, but I guess the emory of that trip keeps me holding on…

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