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Mr. Muddle

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You Can Take the Man Out of NJ…


Take a Number

2 oz Everything bagel shake infused rye whiskey
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/4 oz Lemon juice
Few Dashes Black Cloud Bitters Garden Party Bitters
Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray celery soda

Rim Collins glass with everything bagel shake, set aside. Add everything but soda to a mixing glass with ice. Shake, strain into ice filled Collins glass. Top with ~3 oz celery soda, garnish with lemon spiral and celery.


After 15+ years of living in Boston, there are tons of things I love about this part of the country. The history, proximity to skiing, abundant seafood, and such. But there is one thing this Jersey boy still misses desparately…Bagels. Even the best bagel in Boston is a mediocre NJ/NY bagel at best.

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Helpful Constraints


Rum At Me, Bro

2 oz Amber Rum [Albany Distilling Co]
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth [Dolin]
1/4-1/2 oz lime juice (to desired tartness)
Few dashes Dry Sarsaparilla Bitters [Bad Dog Bar Craft]

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with lime twist.


Don’t get me wrong, I love my bar.  Over the years, I’ve amassed a nice variety of bottles that allow me plenty of options when it comes time to mix a drink.  Sometimes though, those endless options can be paralyzing (see: The Paradox of Choice).  I’ll stare blankly at the bar trying to formulate various combinations in my head.  This can be exhausting (first world problems, I know – but still). Continue reading “Helpful Constraints”

Double Barrel Action


Street Legal

2 oz Bully Boy Private Cask Whiskey
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur [Barrow’s Intense]
Few dashes lemon ginger bitters [Hella Bitters]

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with crystalized ginger and lemon twist.


A few months ago I finally made it over to Bully Boy Distillers in South Boston. Many of their bottles have been staples in my bar since I first stumbled upon a tasting at a liquor store a few years back. Needless to say I was very excited to check out Bully HQ. They have a very creative bar program there, since they can only use alcohol they produce themselves. After a few drinks and a little tour, I was ready to choose my souvenir from the trip. Lucky for me, they recently released a special whiskey aged in both Port and Madeira barrels. Already a fan of their American Straight Whiskey, I didn’t hesitate to grab this one on my way out.

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Instructions or Suggestions?


Hop On, Hop Off

2 oz Rye Whiskey [Rittenhouse]
3/4 oz Grapefruit Liqueur [Giffard]
1/4 oz Hopped Elderflower Collins Syrup [Bittermilk]
Few dashes Hopped Grapefruit Bitters [Bittermens]

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with hop flowers.


I’ve already talked about my love for tonic syrups, which can really take your G&T game to the next level.  Well the fun doesn’t stop there.  There are also syrups for other drinks, including the Tom Collins (aka G&T’s cousin).  Like this Hopped Elderflower number from Bittermilk.  It’s the same idea.  Grab some gin, citrus of your choice, and club soda, then combine all that with the syrup over ice.  Give a quick stir and your in for a real Collins treat.  But just cuz it’s labeled a Collins syrup, doesn’t mean you should only use it in a Collins. Continue reading “Instructions or Suggestions?”

Beantown Drink for the 4th


Freedom Trail

1 1/2 oz White Whiskey [Bully Boy]
3/4 oz Cranberry Liqueur [GrandTen]
3/4 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
Few dashes Fancy Tony’s Barrel Aged citrus bitters

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with lemon star flag.


Tomorrow is the 4th of July, one of the great drinking holidays in our fair country. And so it’s my civic to come up with a drink to help celebrate. However, I’m not gonna do what you think I’m gonna do. And no, I’m not talking about flipping out, but instead about coming up with a red, white, and blue themed drink.

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Refreshing Roundup

There’s a bit of a heat wave coming to Boston this weekend, so I figured it’s the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite refreshing tipples.  These classics will keep you cool as the temperature climbs, and they all come together with two or three ingredients.  Even better, I put my own spin on each one so you’ll get twice the inspiration. Continue reading “Refreshing Roundup”

Whiskey from the Left Coast


Jungle Primary

2 oz CALI Whiskey [CALI Distillery]
.5 oz Amaro Nonino
.5 oz House Blackberry Cinnamon Shrub

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with blackberries.


A few weeks ago the people behind Sukkah Hill Spirits sent me some of their latest venture, a foray into the whiskey world.  They dubbed their CALI Whiskey as a “California twist on the classic American sipping whiskey.”    Being card carrying member of the brown spirits fan club, I couldn’t wait to crack it open. Continue reading “Whiskey from the Left Coast”

Ease into the Nightcap


Governing Body

1 1/2 oz Rock and Rye [New York Distilling Company]
1/2 oz House Strawberry Basil Black Peppercorn Shrub
1/2 oz Zucca
1/2 oz Punt e Mes

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.


A few months ago we had some friends over for game night (and cocktails of course). As the night was winding down, one of my friends wanted one more drink, but something on the low ABV side of things. Normally I’m a stiff, boozy nightcap kind of guy, so I was excited to get out of my comfort zone and focus on the other side of the spectrum.

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Perfection in Four Parts

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Denouement

3/4 oz Pineapple Rum [Plantation Stiggins Fancy]
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Benedictine
3/4 oz lime juice

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.


The Last Word.  You can almost consider it the poster child for resurrected classic cocktails.  Manhattans and Martinis never really went away, they just got the care and respect they deserve with the cocktail renaissance.  The Last Word?  Well, nobody even heard of it before it was revived in 2004, and it soon became the darling of the pre-prohibition era drinks. Continue reading “Perfection in Four Parts”

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