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Chewing (and drinking) the Fat


Duck Dive

1 oz Duck Fat bourbon* [Old Granddad Bonded]
1 oz Apple Brandy [Short Path]
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur [Barrow’s Intense]
Few dashes lemon ginger bitters [Hella Cocktail]

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

* Combine ~2 oz duck fat with ~8 oz bourbon in a glass jar. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour. Place in freezer for about 2 days. Then remove from freezer and discard fat cap (or save for later), and strain through coffee filter. Fat washed bourbon can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks.


For New Year’s Eve, I took my first stab at fat washing booze by infusing brown butter into bourbon.  It was super easy and, more importantly, delicious, particularly in an Old Fashioned.  I also did some cooking that night, including a sous-vide duck breast.  After searing it off to crisp up the skin, there was a fair amount of duck fat leftover.  Armed with my new fat washing experience, I poured it into some bourbon. Continue reading “Chewing (and drinking) the Fat”

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When Life Gives you Honeycomb…


Bumblebee Man

2 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
3/4 oz honey syrup
1/4 oz lime juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with time twist and honeycomb (if you have it).


The other day Mrs. Muddle came home with a chunk of honeycomb from The Boston General Store.  When I asked what this was for she responded, “not quite sure, but I figured you could use it in some of your pictures.”  Challenge excepted! Continue reading “When Life Gives you Honeycomb…”

Da Bomb (Tiki) 


Bomb Cyclone

.5 oz White Rum [Smoky Quartz Distillery]
.5 oz Aged Rum [Diplomatico Reserve]
1 oz Rhum Agricole [Clement V.S.O.P]
1 oz Dark rum [Grand Ten Distilling]
.75 oz Besamim [Sukkah Hill Spirits]
.75 oz Pineapple Juice
.25 oz Lemon juice
.25 oz grenadine

Shake ingredients with ice.  Strain into a tiki mug filled with crushed ice, then top with more crushed ice.  Garnish with dehydrated lemon wheel and pineapple chunk, and other tiki paraphernalia


Normally, when you think of January, you think of playoff football, winter sports, and hearty stews.  Cocktails tend to be more spirit forward sippers, best suited for pensively gazing into fires.  Well, my insta-pals @ntitz and @homebargirl are out to change all that with their #tikithesnowaway campaign.

Continue reading “Da Bomb (Tiki) “

Interesting Bubbles


Prince of Wales

3/4 oz Brandy [Copper and Kings]
3/4 oz Madeira [Broadbent Rainwater]
1/4 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
Few dashes Titze Bitters Bear’s Den Aromatic Bitters (original recipe calls for Angostura]

Combine in a mixing glass, stir with ice and strain into champagne flute.  Top with ~3 oz Champagen (or Prosecco, or Cava), and lightly stir to combine.  Garnish with lemon twist.

Taken from Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s guide.


Welp, it’s that time again.  The weather’s getting cold, the calendars are turning over, and parties are being planned.  Rest assured no matter where you celebrate Sunday night, there will be bubbles.  And it’s my yearly duty to remind you that you can do better than just champagne on New Year’s Eve. Continue reading “Interesting Bubbles”

Interstellar Hospitality


Maz Kolada

1 oz Pineapple rum [Plantation Stiggins Fancy]
1/2 oz Aged Rum [Planation 5 year]
1/2 oz White Rum [Smoky Quartz Distillery]
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Coconut Cream [Coco Lopez]
1/4 oz Licor 43

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with lime peel “glasses”.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the latest Star Wars movie dropped last Friday.  And if you read this blog (or follow me on Instagram) you know I’m a huge Star Wars fan.  I haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet, but I did recently rewatch The Force Awakens as a quick refresher for where things left off.  Then I made a drink. Continue reading “Interstellar Hospitality”

Gift Ideas for the Holidays (or any time)

‘Tis the season, so I put together some gift ideas for the cocktail lover in your life (or for your own list if you want to give friends and family some help).  Even better, they’re all under $50, so you can spread the love around. Continue reading “Gift Ideas for the Holidays (or any time)”

Reading Companion


Learn About It, Be About It

1 1/2 oz Gin [Detroit City Distillery]
1/2 oz Amaro Angeleno
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
Few Dashes Charred Cedar Bitters [Black Cloud Bitters]

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


For the last ten years, my work commute has been by car.  The bad news is I read a lot less books since I no longer take public transportation.  The good news is I have SiriusXM, which makes listening to the radio much more enjoyable.  My go to radio show on the way home is the All Out Show on Shade 45, hosted by Rude Jude Angelini. Continue reading “Reading Companion”

Two for Turkey Day


Family Thyme

1 oz Kina L’Aero D’Or [Tempus Fugit]*
1 oz Rainwater Madeira [Broadbent]
1/2 oz Cranberry Thyme Syrup
Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cranberries and thyme sprig. Optional: top with splash of prosecco or club soda
* If you don’t have Kina, Lillet, Cocchi Americano, or even a good dry vermouth will do in a pinch

Loosen the Belt

1 1/2 oz Bourbon [Woodford Reserve]
1 oz Amaro Meletti
1/2 oz Coffe Liqueur [Boston Harbor Distilling]

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


It’s almost time for my most favorite holiday of the year.  I love Thanksgiving cuz it’s all about excess – lots of food, lots of football, lots of family.  And yeah, a fair bit of drinking in there too.  Last year’s Cornucopia Spritz was a low ABV aperitif style cocktail to get you ready for the meal but keeps you from saying anything embarrassing during it.  This year I’ve got another light cocktail for the afternoon, but this time I’m throwing in a nice digestif style drink to help you out once the plates are cleared. Continue reading “Two for Turkey Day”

In Case you Missed It…

For all of you who follow my blog, it’s very much appreciated.  However, this isn’t the only place you can get your Mr. Muddle fix.  Over on instagram, you can find more spur of the moment creations, drinks that are part of a larger Instagram events, and other assorted cocktail centric musings.  They don’t always make it back to the blog.  Fear not though, in this week’s post I’ll highlight some of my favorites you may have missed. Continue reading “In Case you Missed It…”

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