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Chalk Talk


Set the Edge

1 1/4 oz Reposado Tequila <Espolon>
3/4 oz Pimm’s No. 1
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Few dashes celery bitters <Fee Bros.>

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail.  Garnish with lemon spiral.


One of the things I enjoy most about looking through my journal of recipes is determining what season I came up with a drink based on the name.  Sure, seasonal ingredients are an obvious clue, but sometimes there are two or three drinks on the page that all share a common naming theme.  Recently I came across three drinks that I clearly came up with a few autumns ago, because they all had football related names.  Since we’re heading into Week 4 of the NFL season, I figured now is the perfect time to write about one.

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Striving for Perfection


Perfect Plex

1 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1 oz White Whiskey <Bully Boy>
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth <Dolin>
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth <Dolin>
Few dashes Angostura Bitters
Few Dashes Orange Bitters <Regan’s>

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry (or two).


If I could only order one drink for the rest of my life, it may very well be a Perfect Manhattan.  There is something wonderful that happens when you put sweet and dry vermouth together in the same glass.  A subtle tweak that really changes the personality of this classic. Continue reading “Striving for Perfection”

Mixology Monday CXI – Geekin’ Out


Alkali Lake

2 oz Blended Scotch <Sheep Dip>
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
1/4 oz Maple Syrup
Angostura Bitters
Peychaud’s Bitters
3 Blueberries

Muddle the blueberries and bitters in a mixing glass.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir with ice.  Strain into an empty rocks glass.  Garnish with a blueberry and lemon claw.


mxmologo     This month’s mixology monday is for all the obsessives out there.  Beca at The Shrubbery recognizes that people like to obsess over many things, not just cocktails.  Her challenge is taking that same passion and translating it into a drink, showing that nerdiness doesn’t stop at the bar.  She goes on to define a nerdy pursuit as …”anything from or related to science, science fiction, fantasy, video games, role playing games/characters, or comics”.

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Skankin’ and Drankin’


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1 1/2 oz Gin <Boodles>
1 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1 barspoon (~1/8 oz) Apricot Liqueur <Rothman and Winter>
Lemon-Ginger Bitters <Hella Bitters>

Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with half a dried apricot.


When I’m out at bars and restaurants, I try to order things I can’t actually make at home. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for an expertly made Perfect Manhattan or Last Word.  But discovering new flavors is one of my favorite parts of bellying up to a bar. After a few successful encounters out in the wild, I’ll hone in on a particular bottle and bring it home.  That’s where the real fun begins.  If things go well, I may have a new staple on my hands (looking at you Benedictine and Becherovka).  Other times, the getting-to-know-you period can be a bit more challenging, as I discovered when I finally purchased a bottle of apricot liqueur. Continue reading “Skankin’ and Drankin’”

This Ain’t No Disco


The Big Suit

2 oz Apple Brandy <Calvados Morin Selection*>
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur <Luxardo>
Chocolate Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into an empty rocks glass.


In my opinion, the topic of best live concert film ever is basically a two horse race.  For shear star power, The Band’s The Last Waltz is mindblowing. Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Bob Dylan…and that’s barely half of all the cameos.  The show depicts The Band’s last concert, and they use their musician pals not just to re-imagine their own hits, but also play backup on a number of covers with the original artists as well. And from a purely musical and performance standpoint, we have The Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense.  Stitched together from performances across three nights, this is peak Talking Heads.  The show slowly builds from their early art-pop-punk songs to the  groove-oriented prog-funk arrangements (thanks to some help from Bernie Worrell) of the Remain in the Light era.  At this point you’re probably wondering what this has to do with cocktails.  Don’t worry, I’ll get there.

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Mixology Monday CX Roundup – Vinegar


Daaar-ryl…Daaar-ryl

1 1/2 oz Brandy <Copper and Kings>
3/4 oz Strawberry Shrub
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/4 oz St. Germain
Hopped Grapefruit Bitters <Bittermen’s>

Stir with ice, strain into rocks glass over ice.  Garnish with strawberry wheel.


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It’s finally here, the Mixology Monday CX -Vinegar roundup (better late than never, amirite?).  It looks like this theme really sparked some creativity, as we had several people with multiple submissions this time around.  On to the drinks!

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Game Night


Two for His Heels

3/4 oz Genever <Bols>
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth <Dolin>
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth <Dolin>
3/4 oz Amontillado Sherry <Lustau>
Barspoon Orgeat <Fee Bros>
Orange bitters <Regan’s>

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry (or two).


Friday nights are usually cocktail nights in the Muddle household (and Saturday too, if I’m being completely honest…and sometimes Thurdsays…).  While we sip our drinks, board games and card games often make their way to the table.  A few drinks and some friendly competition make for quite an enjoyable evening.

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Duty Free Drinks


Flying Finn

2 oz Gin <Napue>
3/4 oz Cloudberry Liqueur <Lignell & Piispanen>
1/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Ideally you would garnish with a cloudberry, but a raspberry would work too.  Of course, when I made this, I had neither.


Scotland has Scotch, Mexico has Tequila and Mezcal, Japan has Sake.  Finland has…well, uh..vodka I guess.  There isn’t really a signature spirit as far as I can tell.  But they are all about their berries.  Raspberries, blueberries, lingonberries are everywhere.  There was even one berry I never heard of before…the cloudberry.  It kind of looks like s more bulbous orange raspberry.  We picked up a container on our first trip to Market Square in Helsinki during vacation.  The flavor is tart and a little sweet and kind of musty (in a good way) all at once.  As I read about the various ways they’re used (in pastries, as jam, mixed with cream and sugar), I discovered they are made into a liqueur that is popular in Finland. I guess the Finns do kind of have a signature booze after all. Continue reading “Duty Free Drinks”

A Scotsman Walks into a Tiki Bar…


Sticky Kilt

1 1/2 oz White Rum <Lawley’s Light New England Spirti>
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Combine in a shaker and shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass


When I was younger we spent some holidays at my aunt and uncle’s house.  They lived in a split level, so the family room was on the lower level.  That’s where the tv was, so I spent plenty of hours down there.  Three things are imprinted on my brain from all that time.  1) My uncle had 6 or 7 cacti near the sliding glass door to the backyard.  One was the size of a basketball 2) The walls were this weird grayish textured wood paneling. 3) There was a trap door in a section of those panels that opened up and turned into a shelf suspended by chains.  Behind it was a compartment that contained a bunch of bottles, basically a semi-hidden bar (even though I didn’t see many drinks made there).  The only bottle I remember from their bar was Drambuie.  I have no idea why.

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