Driven to secret drinking!

@Fleura (14033)
United Kingdom
February 5, 2021 7:42am CST
@xFiacre inspired me to write this post. I have a selection of bottles of spirits in the back of the cupboard. I had a few because, once upon a time, I fancied treating myself to a cocktail every now and then. Of course this virtually never happened because they almost always require some ingredient I never had to hand. Then of course you always need a bit for Christmas cake or trifle. Then I inherited a few from my parents because, although they virtually never drank except on some special occasion such as Christmas, they couldn’t resist a bargain so bought a few bottles when they saw a good deal! I do enjoy a gin and tonic on a summer evening, but rarely drink whisky, brandy, Cointreau, or rum. My partner was more likely to drink these, but he gave up alcohol about three years ago. I gave a couple of bottles to friends, and thought of trying to sell a couple of the half-bottles of brandy which are unopened and must date from the 1980s (since they pre-date the use of metric measurements). But sales sites I tried do not permit the sale of alcohol. I also found what I think is sloe gin from several years ago. A friend is very fond of this drink, but this was too old to gift to anyone. So in the end I have resorted to drinking the stuff myself. On cold evenings I made spiced fruit punch - then added a glug of the sloe gin to mine. I’ve found a recipe for Mexican hot chocolate which has added rum and a dried chilli - that was surprisingly nice (rum is my least favourite, except in the form of chocolate rum truffles). I’ve added a shot of brandy to my coffee a few times too, Italian style. Slowly the collection is being whittled down. It is making me feel like a secret alcoholic though! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2021.
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@LadyDuck (326668)
• Switzerland
5 Feb
I like a little drink while I watch the TV in the evening. A very little quantity, but I have this daily habit. I have a good number of bottles, we buy in Italy where it is a lot less expensive.
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@Fleura (14033)
• United Kingdom
6 Feb
What is your favourite tipple?
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@LadyDuck (326668)
• Switzerland
6 Feb
@Fleura Pure malt Scotch Whisky is surely my favorite.
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@Fleura (14033)
• United Kingdom
6 Feb
@LadyDuck I didn't expect that!
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@Tampa_girl7 (44502)
• United States
5 Feb
If I were a drinker rum is my preference. I do like it in desserts and milkshakes.
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@Tampa_girl7 (44502)
• United States
6 Feb
@Fleura rum and brandy are very good in chocolate milkshakes. I bet in banana too.
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@Fleura (14033)
• United Kingdom
6 Feb
@Tampa_girl7 I'll have to let you know!
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@Tampa_girl7 (44502)
• United States
6 Feb
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• Preston, England
19 Feb
I rarely drink at home and I really miss the pubs while the covid lockdown is in force here
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@Fleura (14033)
• United Kingdom
19 Feb
Yes it isn't the same at all. Do you also have friends/acquaintances who you see down the pub but would never invite home (even if it was allowed)?
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• Preston, England
19 Feb
@Fleura yes very much so
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@arunima25 (54566)
• Bangalore, India
5 Feb
Good that you have found ways to use them. Good to use them and not only storing them.
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@arunima25 (54566)
• Bangalore, India
6 Feb
@Fleura That's good. I am not into drinking but husband does enjoy it every weekend and has his good collection in his bar.
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@just4him (235873)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Feb
If you need to get rid of it, that's a good way to do it.
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@Fleura (14033)
• United Kingdom
5 Feb
I guess I don't need to get rid of it exactly, there just isn't much point in keeping a lot of it.
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@just4him (235873)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Feb
@Fleura At least you found a good way to do so.
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@xFiacre (9009)
• Ireland
5 Feb
@fleura Hot chocolate can certainly be smartened up with a glug of brandy, but it tends to cool it down as well. Perhaps I put too much brandy in.
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@Fleura (14033)
• United Kingdom
5 Feb
I think maybe you need to alter the ratio!
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@JudyEv (239081)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Feb
That sounds a very good idea to me. I hate wasting stuff too. This is something I can see myself doing.
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@Janet357 (68381)
5 Feb
I don't drink. I never though that you could add brandy to coffee. What does it taste like? coffee with sugar is it?
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