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Mr. Muddle

For the spirited home

Latin 101


Railway Howitzer

2 oz Gin [Catoctin Creek]
.5 oz grapefruit Oleo Saccharum
.5 oz Italicus
~4 oz hoppy pale ale [Lord Hobo Glorious]

Combine first three ingredients, stir with ice. Strain into a tall glass, top with beer. Garnish with grapefruit twist.


Recently one of my instagram friends @drink_specialistsgr_ offered up a challenge to make a cocktail featuring grapefruit. Perfect, I love grapefruit. I even have some Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur which is so tasty its practically cheating. But I wanted to take things in a different direction, so I decided to make a grapefruit oleo saccharum.

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Walking the Walk


Santilli Spritz

1 oz Creme de Menthe [Short Path]
1 oz Americano Blanc [Short Path]
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Few dashes Garden Party Bitters [Black Cloud Bitters]

Combine ingredients and shake with ice, strain into an ice filled Collins glass.  Top with ~3 oz club soda.  Garnish with mint and thyme sprig.


It’s really no secret that I ride pretty hard for local spirits (#drinklocal).  And not just because of the proximity, but because there plenty of distilleries in and around Boston that are turning out some great bottles.  From Bully Boy to Grand Ten to Privateer, they are all bringing something different to the table.  Recently though there is one that is taking things to the next level, venturing outside the usual gin/whiskey/rum/vodka world (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Continue reading “Walking the Walk”

Sukkot Sipper


Three Walls

1 1/2 oz Old Tom Gin [Hayman’s]
1 oz Etrog Liqueur [Sukkah Hill Spirits]
1/2 oz Gential Amaro [Lo-Fi Spirits]

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon leaf.


Monday was the start of one of the less splashy Jewish holidays, Sukkot.  It’s a holiday that celebrates the last harvest of the year, and the three walled structure, called a sukkah, represents the temporary dwellings constructed by farmers in the field.  The inside is decorated with, among other things, leaves from date, myrtle, and willow trees, as well as etrogs. These are fruits from the citron tree, and are one of the original citrus fruits from which all other citrus originated. Continue reading “Sukkot Sipper”

Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together


Victory Formation

3/4 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
3/4 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz House Mango Kiwi Shrub
3/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with kiwi and dried mango.


As I’ve mentioned before, Mrs. Muddle rides hard for Mezcal. If we go out and there is a mezcal drink on the menu, smart money says she’ll order it. Likewise, when we’re making drinks at home, she’ll often request one with that agave spirit. I feel like I’ve made a mezcal drink with almost every other bottle in my bar.

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Get to the Root of this Whiskey


Hot Mic

1 1/2 oz Ginger Whiskey [Misunderstood Whiskey]
3/4 oz House Blackberry Cinnamon shrub
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with crystalized ginger and blackberries.


My parents really seem to have this whole retirement thing down pretty well.  They are pros at keeping themselves busy.  Adult education classes at local colleges, random performances in and around town, along with traditional hobbies like biking, knitting, and reading all fill their day.  Real talk though, the activity that gets me most excited about retirement is their wine, beer, and booze tasting circuit.   Continue reading “Get to the Root of this Whiskey”

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?”

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