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What to do with people who have no taste?
TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 413
From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2012-08-23 09:57 am   Permalink

What usually works for me is to work from something people already know. I ask them for a cocktail, any cocktail, that they have tried and liked. I then proceed to make it for them "the right way". From margaritas to martinis to heck, even a rum and coke, having a drink made the correct way with good ingredients usually impresses them enough for them to trust me with the next choice and so on.

What's really satisfying is after a few visits, they will be asking for a something "strange" like a sazarac or Negroni (or most recently a Mary Pickford) without any prompting at all. I think the biggest problem is just education and exposure. We insulate our kids completely from cocktails growing up and then send them off to college where all they learn is liquor and soda or horrible punches made in a garbage can.


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6064
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2012-08-23 10:15 am   Permalink

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On 2012-08-23 09:57, TikiHardBop wrote:
What usually works for me is to work from something people already know. I ask them for a cocktail, any cocktail, that they have tried and liked. I then proceed to make it for them "the right way". From margaritas to martinis to heck, even a rum and coke, having a drink made the correct way with good ingredients usually impresses them enough for them to trust me with the next choice and so on.

What's really satisfying is after a few visits, they will be asking for a something "strange" like a sazarac or Negroni (or most recently a Mary Pickford) without any prompting at all. I think the biggest problem is just education and exposure. We insulate our kids completely from cocktails growing up and then send them off to college where all they learn is liquor and soda or horrible punches made in a garbage can.



So your giving your kids well crafted cocktails?


 
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TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
Posts: 413
From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2012-08-23 10:53 am   Permalink

No, the only kids we have are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and only one of them drinks and she only drinks Guinness!

My point is that it is possible to have kids grow up around alcohol and have an appreciation of it without dire side effects.

I always think of the great scene from Auntie Mame when nephew Patrick makes a martini:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzshzHKSYfk

But on the other hand:

Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth.
- Fran Lebowitz
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forgotten tikiman
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Joined: Aug 18, 2011
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From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2012-08-23 10:16 pm   Permalink

I had one guy who told me he never had a tropical cocktail before. So I made him a Boo Loo pineapple out of the BeachBum Berry book and that made him a firm believer in tropical cocktails. Plus it kicks your ass like a zombie. But everyones taste will be different. Us Tikiphiles know how to appreciate a great exotic cocktail.
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GentleHangman
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Joined: Jun 23, 2006
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From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2012-08-24 11:45 am   Permalink

I avoid them . . . and don't invite them to my gatherings . . . in case it's contagious!

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