Triple Word Score

2 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1/2 oz Port <Dow’s Finest Reserve>
1/2 Maraschino Liqueur  <Luxardo>
Few dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine ingredients in glass, stir with ice.  Strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with cherries.


This week marks the one year anniversary of Mr. Muddle. When I started this thing, I set one goal for myself – to post once a week without fail for the first year. Little did I know that achieving that (exceeding it actually, thanks to MxMo) would introduce me to a wonderful community of cocktail minded bloggers and instagrammers. It’s great to have so many different perspectives to learn from, and a big thank you to everyone who has read, commented, taste tested and even copy edited over the last year.

I was trying to think of how to make this post a little special to celebrate the occasion. Grabbing my cocktail journal, I began flipping through the pages looking for inspiration. Eventually I got all the way back to the beginning and it hit me. What better way to celebrate than to write about the first cocktail I actually created, wrote down and named? I turned to page 1 and…whoops, there went that idea.  Looks like I already wrote about my first drink, for my first post no less.  Luckily, my second drink ever is just as good, and I vividly remember the night I created it.

It’s not surprising the Triple Word Score came out the way it did. When I first came up with it, my bar was nothing more than a way for me to make Manhattans and Aviations in the comfort of my own home. There weren’t too many options when it came to getting creative. I also happened to have a bottle of Port in there from my parents. That was pretty much it. So I went with what essentially was the only template I knew at the time, the Manhattan. It’s an endlessly customizable formula, and adding more ingredients is pretty simple. In this case, I replaced the vermouth portion with half Port and half maraschino liqueur. And so the Triple Word Score was born.

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This drink makes a great nightcap.  Boozy, velvety, slightly sweet.  Bourbon lends a bit of toffee and a slight char to the nose.  Lots of funk from the maraschino and port on the sip, with the malts in the bourbon lurking in the background.  This is one smooth drink, yet it almost forces you to take it slow.  And that’s not a bad thing

For all you board gamers out there, you can probably guess where the name comes from. We were sitting down to a game of Scrabble as I mixed up the drink. Once it was in the glass, the color was pretty close to the coveted Triple Word Score box on the board.  I wasn’t going to come up with a better name than that.

So thanks again to everyone who’s stopped by for a drink over the past year. Hopefully you’ll keep reading and drinking with me as I head in to year two.  If the passed year is any indication, it should be fun. Cheers!

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