The Ol’ Switcheroo


Half-Windsor Knot

1 oz Cognac
1 oz Rye Whiskey <Old Overholt>
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth <Dolin>
1/2 oz Zucca
1 barspoon Benedictine

Stir with ice, strain over ice into a rocks glass (preferably one large cube)


Sometimes new drinks are just an ingredient swap away.  Often this will come out of necessity – I’ll read about a drink that sounds tasty, but will be missing one component.  Instead of abandoning it and looking for something else, a quick scan of the bar usually results in finding a suitable replacement.  Other times I’ll be in the mood for a particular bottle, come across a recipe with a bunch of other good stuff in it, and figure that bottle would fit in nicely.

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Mixology Monday CVI: Citrus in Other Places


Bike Chariot

2 oz Blanco Tequila <Lunazul>
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Few dashes Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
4 oz Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin (any citrusy IPA will do)

Combine and shake everything but the IPA with ice, strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with 4 oz Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with lime wedge or twist.


 

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This month’s Mixology Monday goes in the opposite direction of the previous one.  Last time, we devised drinks to help brave the depths of winter.  This go-round, we’re looking toward the future to warmer climes with the theme of Spring Break.  Joe DiPippa of the Southern Ash blog describes it thusly:

Welcome to the 106th installment of Mixology Monday, the online monthly cocktail party! After the winds of winter blew through in January and we steeled ourselves against the cold in MxMO CV, February is bringing the end of (meteorological) winter! As we look past the frost in the air for the arrival of spring, I wanted to challenge you with the theme of Spring Break!
Aside from looking at the calendar and counting down the days to the return of warmer weather, the countdown is also on to Spring Break.  The best part of Spring Break is that it means so many things to so many different people, so I have some high expectations this month.  Yes, tiki-heads, I am looking at you.
I want all of you to dig deep, steeled by last month’s MxMO, and find your spring break drink! What sort of drinks do you enjoy when you start to break out of your winter shell? Do you crave a return to gin and tonics? Is there a drink that calls to you as the weather warms and the sun creeps through the sky longer and longer?  Perhaps there is a drink that you fondly recall from your days of being a callow youth on Spring Break that led you down this primrose cocktail path? Do you turn to a specific cocktail throughout this blustery winter to keep your dreams of spring alive? Do you crave a new cocktail taking you away? This is the month to to share those warm weather finds!

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Mezcal: Tequila’s Mysterious Cousin


Curtain of Distraction

1 1/4 oz Mezcal <Sacrificio>
1 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Coffee Liqueur <Galliano Ristretto>
1/2 oz lemon juice

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


There are a few guarantees in life: seasons change, you pay your taxes, and if there is a mezcal drink on the menu, Mrs. Muddle will order it.  Ever since she discovered the”other” agave based spirit, she can not resist its powers.

Tequila and mezcal are distilled from the agave plant, but they have very different flavor profiles.  Tequila tends to be more vegetal and bright, while mezcal has a strong smokiness supported by earthy flavors.  Fans of Islay single malts and rich, woody bourbons will have no trouble making friends with this spirit.
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Life is like a Bottle of Chocolate


Marge’s Bowling Ball

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz dark Creme de Cacao
1/4 oz Cointreau
Few dashes Fee Bros Chocolate bitters

Stir with ice, strain into empty rocks glass


After a year or two of building our home bar, we had a wide variety of bottles to choose from.  We were able to make a nice range of interesting cocktails on any given night.  However, every now and then Mrs. Muddle would drop subtle hints that we should add some chocolate liqueur or creme de cacao to the mix.  Not surprising, since she has the bigger sweet tooth in the house.  After a few trips to the liquor store which resulted in nary a chocolate liqueur, the requests came more frequently.  Conveniently by this point, Valentine’s Day was right around the corner.

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The Flavor is Strong with this One


Good Shot Red Two

1 1/2 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz lemon juice
Few dashes Woodford Reserve Barrel aged Cherry Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
*R2-D2 jersey not included


There are some movie quotes that just stick with you through the years.  The best ones aren’t from a particularly important part of the movie, they may not advance the plot in anyway, and you and your friends won’t repeat them ad nauseum.  Instead, it’s those simple little throwaway lines that for whatever reason set up shop in a cozy part of your mind, popping up now and again.  I’ll often call on these when thinking of drink names.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens still setting box office records, as well as Star Wars being the theme for my Ultimate league this season, it seems like a great time to share my only drink with Star Wars related name (kind of surprising it’s the only one, actually, and I may have to change that).

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