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Saturday, September 2. 2017
Sure, it's fun listening to a half-century old Dylan tune. Sure, it's a kick to hear about how a bunch of snowflakes were scared by a banana peel. Sure, it's interesting reading about how a 1926 tractor was rebuilt.
But let's talk about an important issue, shall we?
For those of you who like your booze mixed with a soda, allow me to introduce a truly wonderful product to you called Everclear. Because here's the fun part: It doesn't have any taste.
Almost be definition, alone, all liquors (yes, even vodka) have a taste. The question then becomes, how does it affect the taste of your favorite soda? Usually in the negative would be my guess.
In my case, I'm a confirmed gingeraleaholic. I've been buying Canada Dry Ginger Ale since it was located in the wine aisle of the grocery store, right next to the Tom Collins mix, simply because it was originally designated a mixer, not a soda pop. It wasn't until years later when the Dr. Pepper people bought Canada Dry and turned it into an everyday soda that it came into its own.
Since I don't like drinking straight booze, I started experimenting, mixing different liquors with my Ginger Ale. I tried a number of different whiskies, scotch, bourbon, brandy, vodka, a number of rums, and they all failed the taste test. Basically, nothing goes with Ginger Ale.
Then I raised my plaintive plight while sitting around the community table at one of the marinas I stayed at while living on my boat in the Florida Keys, and someone suggested Everclear.
Oh, and the reason it doesn't have any taste? It's pure grain alcohol. On top of that, it's 190 proof, so just a splash in your soda of choice does the trick, so one could argue that it's one of the most economical liquors out there.
As a small side note, in case your local liquor store doesn't carry it, there's a similar product called Golden Grain, made by the same company.
Thank goodness we finally got around to discussing an important issue!
Posted by Dr. Mercury in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:00 | Comments (26) | Trackbacks (0)
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You're 100% correct, Doc. Me, I'm a Coke person, so I used to dash it with rum, although I never really liked it. Then someone turned me on to Everclear, and I've been a happy camper ever since. And you're right about it being 'economical'. At 190 proof, you don't need much for a buzz!
I'm surprised you even tried it with scotch. How'd that turn out? Scotch doesn't mix with much very well.
It was probably the worst of the bunch -- but I had to try. Best was probably Captain Morgan's rum, but that might be attributed to 'cultural conditioning', since everybody in the Keys had a bottle of it lying around. Whiskey-wise, the best was a Canadian brew called Yukon Jack, which is actually some pretty tasty stuff, because it's mildly sweet since it's mixed with a bit of corn syrup. Still, though, none of them really worked -- until I discovered Everclear.
3/4 oz Drambuie, 1 1/2 oz Scotch Whisky will disabuse you of that belief that scotch doesn't mix well. Or, if you like it a bit sweeter, use a 50:50 ratio.
I adore Drambuie. It's probably my favorite liqueur. Come to think of it, though, I don't believe I ever tried mixing it with the Ginger Ale. Have to give that a shot (no pun intended) sometime.
As soon as I finish this comment, I'm heading to the local liquor store. Never heard of anything like Everclear, but it sounds like a godsend. Like many, I mix the booze with my soda, but it's never really tasted right. Much thanks for the post!
OMG! You got it so wrong Doc !
If you love a good ginger ale--did you never try Vernor's ? Now, of course we have a ginger ale from "Q" See here
A good ginger ale does wonder for a Jack Daniels, or Jim Beam. Of course, if you are still sitting on the beach somewhere you have to add a lemon twist.
Well, you know the old expression -- Beauty is in the mouth of the beholder. Unlike most soda wars -- Coke vs. Pepsi, 7-up vs. Mountain Dew, etc -- nothing beats Canada Dry vs. the others. For example, if I'm on the road and stop in at a local convenience store looking for a Canada Dry GA, and all they have is Schweppes, I'll buy a Coke. While Coke and Pepsi are similar, the other Ginger Ales aren't similar at all.
The fun thing about Ginger Ale is that it's tart, not sweet. If I suddenly take a hit off someone's 7-up, it's like someone secretly dropped three tablespoons of sugar into my GA. It really kind of recalibrates your taste buds after a while. Plus, no caffeine, so you can drink it right up until bedtime. Great stuff, all the way, no matter the brand.
Ginger ale goes very well with beer. In the UK, the mix of beer and ginger ale is called a shandy and it can be found pre-mixed in cans.
Ginger ale can also be used as a mixer with gin, but I have only tried with Hendrick's gin with some lime juice and every brand of gin uses its own mix of botanicals, so your mileage may vary.
Whiskies, scotch, and bourbon are mentioned, but not Rye. I like rye and ginger ale, so that may also be worth trying.
Off on a tangent, Dr. Pepper soda is a good mixer for Sailor Jerry spiced rum.
The brand name "Canada Dry" suggests that its initial release had something to do with prohibition.
Interesting comment about the rye. Never tried it with that, but mainly because I can't stand rye -- or beer, for that matter.
The "Dry" in Canada Dry refers to it not being sweet, like "dry wine". But I like your conjecture better. :)
I like Canada Dry mixed with Wild Turkey 101.
I am told Vernor's made the best ginger ale but don't know if it is still made.
I think Canada Dry has been sweetened up a little bit over the years but maybe it's just me.
In college we used to put Everclear in a concoction called Spring Water. It was just put in for effect, that's for sure.
I have been able to take the paint off of model train cars with 91% alcohol. One wonders what Everclear does to the lining of your stomach?
Locally, Maker's Mark with ginger ale is popular, especially Blenheim's Ginger Ale, a regional favorite that offers a spicy version.
Canada Dry/Schweppes, et al, now made by one horrific supplier in U.S. Total crap. Whoever suggested Vernors was very close. Even better, however, is Fever Tree, who also make a first class Tonic. If you gotta have pure grain alkyl you probably shouldn't be drinking. Everclear is the call-brand for severe alkies. Would heartily recommend Luksosova Vodka, which is Polish and made from potatoes. Real vodka. Wonderful taste, no coal-oil finish (do you hear me, Stoli?). Great over some ice cubes, maybe with a twist. Use the Everclear for your hurricane lamps.
Another good polish potato vodka is Chopin Potato Vodka. Chopin also has a grain vodka, but the source of the spirit is clearly marked on the bottle. While vodka is a neutral spirit, I was surprised to discover that grain based vodka and potato based vodka present different experiences to the palate.
For the curious who want to be introduced to spirits and liqueurs, I can recommend The Teaching Company's Great Courses video lecture series "The Everyday Guide to Spirits and Liqueurs". I confess to have only gotten through the first three lectures on neutral spirits, whiskeys, and rums. But the lectures on tequilas, brandies, and liqueurs/cordials are probably as good as the first three lectures.
Not bad with grape soda.
Good for makin hash outta rope trimmins also.So i am told anyway.
Also good getting rid of rust on tire lug nuts. Plus, as feeblemind pointed out, good for getting rid of the crust that forms on the inside of one's stomach lining. While I hesitate to call if a 'miracle cure', it's close. :)
Everclear makes for some good Hunch-Punch, aka Spring Water. They never know what hit 'em.
Also called "Purple Jesus" in college circles. Many a fair maiden..., etc.
No ginger ale can hold a candle to Atlanta's Red Rock, locally manufactured since 1885, with more bite than a Georgia bulldog. I stock up on it when in town.
Be aware that many states do not sell 190 Everclear. In those states, it 151proof, the same as Bacardi 151 Rum. I have no idea what 151Everclear would do to your mix.
Another use is for Vodka drinkers. Grey Goose has it right in their commercials, the water is the flavor. If you want the best tasting vodka, find your favorite water (Fiji, Evian, whatever) and mix it 50/50 with 190 Everclear. You'll love it.
I prefer my home brew Ginger Beer. Particularly the '94 vintage, there are a few liters available. About 10% alcohol, tastes like a champagne and results in a good buzz.
Everclear is also a preferred alternative to denatured alcohol for dissolving shellac flakes for french polish finishing.
I went to New Mexico State University in the 1960s and we would go to Juarez, Mexico and buy absolute alcohol which was about 97% alcohol. A few shots of that stuff would knock you on your backside and you wouldn't know what hit you.
Canada Dry is delicious and 88 cents a two liter. Vernors is delicious too with a different flavor and $1.50 a two liter. CD it is.
Now, off for some Everclear.
I don't often agree with a commenter 110%, but in your case I'm happy to make an exception. :)
In related news, I'm happy to report that Everclear also acts as a remarkable auto paint remover. One swipe with an Everclear-soaked rag and you're right down to the original aluminum finish. Yes, folks, it's the all-purpose product! Buy some today!