Two to the Fifth (Plus Four Pennies)

1 1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz coffee liqueur <Galliano Ristretto>
1/4 oz bourbon <Woodford Reserve>

Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass


For this week’s drink, I decided to go the low alcohol route.   It was my birthday yesterday, and I celebrated by going back to my roots with a trip to a new brewery that opened up nearby, and then had a beer with dinner.  Of course a cocktail was still in the cards, but I figured something a bit more mellow would be a nice end to the day’s festivities.  While I’ve had some delicious low alcohol cocktails at bars, I rarely make them at home.  This seemed like a good time for a challenge.

I’ve been into sherry lately, so I chose that as a base.  There is also a bottle of coffee liqueur kicking around my bar that I thought would pair nicely with the nuttiness of the sherry.  Benedictine brings its usual array of spices and slight sweetness to the party.  And I threw in some bourbon for some bite and because, hey, it is my birthday after all.

Finally, I want to talk about New Year’s resolutions.  I usually wait until after my birthday to start mine, since it’s so close to the start of the year anyway.  In that spirit, why not make your resolution a little more fun by aiming to step up your home bar and cocktail game.  Over the next month my posts will focus on ways to build your home bar and start making more creative drinks at home.

As a way to spark some inspiration, throw up a picture of your home bar on instagram and/or facebook sometime this month, and tag @mrmuddle and #buildyourbar.  See what bottles your friends have, and what types of things people use as bars (you may be surprised).  You can even post a before and after if you are particularly proud of your progress.  Whatever the state of your bar is, we want to see it!  Even a few bottles on the counter is better than no bar at all.  And hopefully by the end of the month, you’ll be on your way to more exciting evenings at home with good drinks in your hand.  Cheers and Happy New Year!

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