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  • John posted 5 years ago

    I'm on board with Tim and I have 30+ varieties of Rhum on the bar out back in St. Somewhere, not counting the Spiced or flavored rums and the Goslings Black Seal is the only one named that I have. I'll agree that it is half the fun but substitutions some times in point...DO NOT MAKE ZOMBIES with Kirschwasser instead of that obscure Italian cherry liquor.

  • posted 5 years ago

    You can use any brand of grenadine you like, though we'd recommend one that's made with real pomegranate juice and no artificial flavors or colors. You can even make your own:

  • Kathy posted 5 years ago

    Both rums called for in the Grand Slam are easy to find at BevMo and not very expensive ($15.99 for the Gosling's and $22.99 for the Flor de Cana Grand Reserve). Grenadine is easy to make with pomegranate juice and sugar, or you can buy a bottle of Stirrings grenadine at BevMo too. That will be closest to the Employees Only grenadine...don't buy Rose's, it isn't made from real juice. I admit the Curacao they call for is more obscure, but you can easily sub another quality Curacao for it. Basically 4 out 5 ingredients would be the same for the Grand Slam. The Golden Glove would be no problem to make and most any decent bar should have those ingredients. The Flor de Cana white rum is very good and cheap at $12.99 a bottle. Cointreau is more pricey, but they sell it in smaller bottles now and it lasts forever. Plus, it shows up in many other drinks so it's good to have on hand anyway.

  • Ted posted 5 years ago

    I had the same response reading the recipe, which sounds good, as Sue did. The tendency to specify in particular brands of rum in drinks recipes would strain almost all home bars and I daresay most commercial ones as well (and I probably have 6-8 different rums at home right now). If the creator of the drink/author of the recipe has a brand preference it is fine to specify it, but help for those of us who do not have that particular brand in finding an appropriate alternative--and there always is one--would be nice. (Does it really matter which brand of authentic grenadine one uses? Some even make their own.) By the way, I have tried and thus far failed to obtain the Ferrand Curacao, which I understand to be only recently available, at least in the US.

  • Tom posted 5 years ago

    Sue, you're probably right that some of the Grand Slam ingredients may be hard to come by. However, sometimes half the fun is tracking down an obscure ingredient so you can replicate the original recipe, and other times it's equally fun to experiment with what you have on hand to make the drink with similar or substitute ingredients. While the experiment isn't always perfect, it usually results in an enjoyable drink or an entertaining story.

  • Sue posted 5 years ago

    Especially for the Grand Slam, the ingredients, if one is following the recipe to a 'T', are not easily attainable and if they are, they are probably very expensive. Not what you find in a typical household liquor cabinet so it's kind of unrealistic. In fact, even more trendy bars in the nabe probably don't have these ingredients so all you'd get is a nice imitation. Recipes need to be more user friendly IMO.

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