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  1. #1
    Malcom \Mal\ Reynolds Guest

    Default Substitute for Tequila

    Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila so
    she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.

  2. #2
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds wrote:
    >
    > Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    > hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    > drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila so
    > she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.


    Probably best to use the real thing. Many liquor stores have a section of
    small 2oz bottles (sample bottles aka airline bottles). I'm sure tequila
    would be included. If not, tell her just to buy a pint. It won't cost very
    much and she'll be able to make her recipe again if she likes it.

    G.

  3. #3
    Krypsis Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    On 12/08/2012 5:51 PM, Gary wrote:
    > Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds wrote:
    >>
    >> Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    >> hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    >> drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila so
    >> she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.

    >
    > Probably best to use the real thing. Many liquor stores have a section of
    > small 2oz bottles (sample bottles aka airline bottles). I'm sure tequila
    > would be included. If not, tell her just to buy a pint. It won't cost very
    > much and she'll be able to make her recipe again if she likes it.
    >
    > G.
    >

    She could also buy the full sized bottle and donate the excess to a
    grateful friend or relative!

    Win-Win all round! ;-)

    --

    Krypsis

  4. #4
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    On Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:51:32 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds wrote:
    >>
    >> Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    >> hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    >> drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila so
    >> she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.

    >
    >Probably best to use the real thing. Many liquor stores have a section of
    >small 2oz bottles (sample bottles aka airline bottles). I'm sure tequila
    >would be included. If not, tell her just to buy a pint. It won't cost very
    >much and she'll be able to make her recipe again if she likes it.
    >
    >G.


    Many liquor stores carry half pints too, but the smaller the size the
    pricier per ounce. She'd be better off to buy a full size bottle and
    save the rest, booze has a very long shelf life. And tequila is a
    very good cooking ingredient, great for marinating meats (especially
    fish) and maserating fresh fruits.
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tequila-shrimp/
    http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/s...te-recipe-5323
    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2...am-recipe.html

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    On Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:51:32 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds wrote:
    > >
    > > Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    > > hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    > > drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila so
    > > she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.

    >
    > Probably best to use the real thing. Many liquor stores have a section of
    > small 2oz bottles (sample bottles aka airline bottles). I'm sure tequila
    > would be included. If not, tell her just to buy a pint. It won't cost very
    > much and she'll be able to make her recipe again if she likes it.
    >

    They charge so much for those itty bitty bottles, so IMO it's better
    to buy a pint and make margaritas with the leftovers. Sounds like
    she's having guests, so surely at least one of them won't turn it
    down.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may
    > contain hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of
    > tequila. She doesn't drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know
    > anyone that drinks tequila so she's wondering what might (be easier
    > to) substitute.




    The best substitute would be mezcal . Gusano Rojo comes to past memory. I
    don't know if it's imported from Mexico these days.

    Add the worm to the salad!

    Little known fact, the worm was a ripening agent.

    If it floated atop or in the middle it wasn't bottled. When the worm went
    to the bottom, it was considered esteemed quality vintage age to sell.

    Andy
    I ate the worm.


  7. #7
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    On Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:48:50 -0700, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    >hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    >drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila so
    >she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.


    What everyone is trying to say is that there is no flavor substitute
    for tequila Buy a bottle and save it to use for something else or
    give it away.
    Janet US

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    Steve Freides Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    Janet Bostwick wrote:
    > On Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:48:50 -0700, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may
    >> contain hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of
    >> tequila. She doesn't drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know
    >> anyone that drinks tequila so she's wondering what might (be easier
    >> to) substitute.

    >
    > What everyone is trying to say is that there is no flavor substitute
    > for tequila Buy a bottle and save it to use for something else or
    > give it away.
    > Janet US


    That doesn't mean another liquor couldn't be substituted - would taste
    different but still might taste OK as long as authenticity isn't
    required. Vodka would give you the alcohol without the flavor, and who
    knows, maybe vermouth would OK.

    NB: I haven't a clue, of course, just rambling. I think my choice would
    be to pick a different recipe altogether.

    -S-



  9. #9
    Malcom \Mal\ Reynolds Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    In article <[email protected]>, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds wrote:
    > >
    > > Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    > > hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She
    > > doesn't
    > > drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila
    > > so
    > > she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.

    >
    > Probably best to use the real thing. Many liquor stores have a section of
    > small 2oz bottles (sample bottles aka airline bottles). I'm sure tequila
    > would be included. If not, tell her just to buy a pint. It won't cost very
    > much and she'll be able to make her recipe again if she likes it.
    >
    > G.


    yes, found one online last night. we go sometime this week to get some. they had
    at least two brands of 50ml for $0,99

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    Malcom \Mal\ Reynolds Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    In article <[email protected]>, sf <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > On Sun, 12 Aug 2012 03:51:32 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds wrote:
    > > >
    > > > Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    > > > hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She
    > > > doesn't
    > > > drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila
    > > > so
    > > > she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.

    > >
    > > Probably best to use the real thing. Many liquor stores have a section of
    > > small 2oz bottles (sample bottles aka airline bottles). I'm sure tequila
    > > would be included. If not, tell her just to buy a pint. It won't cost very
    > > much and she'll be able to make her recipe again if she likes it.
    > >

    > They charge so much for those itty bitty bottles, so IMO it's better
    > to buy a pint and make margaritas with the leftovers. Sounds like
    > she's having guests, so surely at least one of them won't turn it
    > down.


    actually she is just doing food experiments for a friend on the right coast who
    is having a munch and mingle who wanted finger food suggestions

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    Doug Freyburger Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    Steve Freides wrote:
    > Janet Bostwick wrote:
    >> "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >>> Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may
    >>> contain hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of
    >>> tequila. She doesn't drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know
    >>> anyone that drinks tequila so she's wondering what might (be easier
    >>> to) substitute.

    >
    >> What everyone is trying to say is that there is no flavor substitute
    >> for tequila Buy a bottle and save it to use for something else or
    >> give it away.

    >
    > That doesn't mean another liquor couldn't be substituted - would taste
    > different but still might taste OK as long as authenticity isn't
    > required. Vodka would give you the alcohol without the flavor, and who
    > knows, maybe vermouth would OK.


    If alcoholism is in the mix anywhree make it without the tequila. Don't
    bother with a substitute just remove that ingredient.

    If the reason for not drinking is some other form of aversion to alcohol
    I have seen concentrated runm, bourbon and brandy flavoring in the
    baking section at the better grocery stores.

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    Malcom \Mal\ Reynolds Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    In article <k09gb1$g27$[email protected]>, Doug Freyburger <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Steve Freides wrote:
    > > Janet Bostwick wrote:
    > >> "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > >
    > >>> Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may
    > >>> contain hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of
    > >>> tequila. She doesn't drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know
    > >>> anyone that drinks tequila so she's wondering what might (be easier
    > >>> to) substitute.

    > >
    > >> What everyone is trying to say is that there is no flavor substitute
    > >> for tequila Buy a bottle and save it to use for something else or
    > >> give it away.

    > >
    > > That doesn't mean another liquor couldn't be substituted - would taste
    > > different but still might taste OK as long as authenticity isn't
    > > required. Vodka would give you the alcohol without the flavor, and who
    > > knows, maybe vermouth would OK.

    >
    > If alcoholism is in the mix anywhree make it without the tequila. Don't
    > bother with a substitute just remove that ingredient.
    >

    It's just that when she tries a new recipe, she likes to stick to the ingredient
    list as much as possible



    > If the reason for not drinking is some other form of aversion to alcohol
    > I have seen concentrated runm, bourbon and brandy flavoring in the
    > baking section at the better grocery stores.


    I've seen that, but not for tequila

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    gregz Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    "Steve Freides" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Janet Bostwick wrote:
    >> On Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:48:50 -0700, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds"
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may
    >>> contain hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of
    >>> tequila. She doesn't drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know
    >>> anyone that drinks tequila so she's wondering what might (be easier
    >>> to) substitute.

    >>
    >> What everyone is trying to say is that there is no flavor substitute
    >> for tequila Buy a bottle and save it to use for something else or
    >> give it away.
    >> Janet US

    >
    > That doesn't mean another liquor couldn't be substituted - would taste
    > different but still might taste OK as long as authenticity isn't
    > required. Vodka would give you the alcohol without the flavor, and who
    > knows, maybe vermouth would OK.
    >
    > NB: I haven't a clue, of course, just rambling. I think my choice would
    > be to pick a different recipe altogether.
    >
    > -S-


    I think vodka with some motor oil would taste about right.

    Greg

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    Gorio Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila


    Malcom \Mal\ Reynolds;1763231 Wrote:
    > Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may
    > contain
    > hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She
    > doesn't
    > drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks
    > tequila so
    > she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.


    Instead of the simple syrup, use agave nectar. Tequila's alcohol is
    fermented agave nectar. You'll get that same tinge of tequila flavor.
    The color will be beautiful from the jamaica (hibiscus).




    --
    Gorio

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    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    On Aug 11, 9:48*pm, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds" <atlas-
    bug...@invalid.invalid> wrote:
    > Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    > hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    > drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequilaso
    > she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.


    Why don't you buy a bottle and give her 4 oz? Learn to make margaritas
    -- the slushee kind are very refresing in hot weather.

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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    Malcom "Mal" Reynolds wrote:
    > Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    > hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    > drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila so
    > she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.
    >


    Rum should work. It won't be the same, but it actually might be more
    authentic.

    Is it the the dried hibiscus flowers/pods you get at an ethnic store in
    a bag labeled "flor de jamaica"? You have to actually bring those to a
    full boil briefly and then cover and let them soak to extract much of
    the goodness, don't just steep in hot water like tea. And it stains
    worse than red Koolaid so be careful. I bought a bottle of jamaica
    juice concentrate once and it was disappointing -- it just tasted
    "red". It's supposed to be sour like cranberry juice.

    HTH,
    Bob

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    Doug Freyburger Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    Malcom "Mal" Reynolds wrote:
    > Doug Freyburger <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> If alcoholism is in the mix anywhree make it without the tequila. Don't
    >> bother with a substitute just remove that ingredient.

    >
    > It's just that when she tries a new recipe, she likes to stick to the ingredient
    > list as much as possible


    Then I don't get why she would not be willing to get the smallest size
    bottle that works.

    >> If the reason for not drinking is some other form of aversion to alcohol
    >> I have seen concentrated runm, bourbon and brandy flavoring in the
    >> baking section at the better grocery stores.

    >
    > I've seen that, but not for tequila


    Exactly. If she's just not going to get any booze and there isn't a
    flavor extract available for tequila then it's time to consider flavor
    extracts that are not direct substitutes but that might serve a similar
    function.

    You could get some agave nectar, develop a sugar refining method that
    does not take a large factory, discard the sugar, keep the by product.
    it would be like molasses or golden syrup but like tequila. A vast
    amount of work so impractical even though it's theoretically possible.

    Or take agave nectar. Brew it into mead. Boil off the alcohol wasting
    it. The result would be rather like an alcohol free tequila flavoring
    extract. Waste of perfectly good mead-like-stuff but it could be done
    at home in the kitchen not requiring a refinement factory. Folks will
    note this sounds an aweful lot like making tequila but using the other
    material flow as the product. Don't use a still - It's illegal in a
    lot of states without serious licensing and the result would be
    homemade tequila which she doesn't appear to want.

  18. #18
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    On Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:28:06 -0700 (PDT), spamtrap1888
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Aug 11, 9:48*pm, "Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds" <atlas-
    >bug...@invalid.invalid> wrote:
    >> Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may contain
    >> hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of tequila. She doesn't
    >> drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know anyone that drinks tequila so
    >> she's wondering what might (be easier to) substitute.

    >
    >Why don't you buy a bottle and give her 4 oz?


    I'd buy her a whole liter and help her drink it, especially if she has
    big tatas. LOL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFzoP3d-iCs

  19. #19
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds wrote:
    >>
    >> Friend is making some ethnic food, don't remember what but it may
    >> contain hibiscus flower water/simple syrup that calls for 4 oz of
    >> tequila. She doesn't drink so has no need of a bottle, doesn't know
    >> anyone that drinks tequila so she's wondering what might (be easier
    >> to) substitute.

    >
    > Probably best to use the real thing. Many liquor stores have a
    > section of small 2oz bottles (sample bottles aka airline bottles).
    > I'm sure tequila would be included. If not, tell her just to buy a
    > pint. It won't cost very much and she'll be able to make her recipe
    > again if she likes it.


    Try some tequila-lime seasoning. Not the same, but at least in the ballpark.



  20. #20
    Ema Nymton Guest

    Default Re: Substitute for Tequila

    On 8/13/2012 11:53 AM, zxcvbob wrote:

    > Is it the the dried hibiscus flowers/pods you get at an ethnic store in
    > a bag labeled "flor de jamaica"? You have to actually bring those to a
    > full boil briefly and then cover and let them soak to extract much of
    > the goodness, don't just steep in hot water like tea. And it stains
    > worse than red Koolaid so be careful. I bought a bottle of jamaica
    > juice concentrate once and it was disappointing -- it just tasted
    > "red". It's supposed to be sour like cranberry juice.
    >
    > HTH,
    > Bob



    You are right, it is supposed to be tart. There is a martini you can
    make with agua de jamaica, lime juice, simple syrup and gin or vodka.

    Becca

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