Everything but the Kitchen Sink


Clown Car

3/4 oz Mezcal [Del Maguey Vida]
1/2 oz Chile Liqueur [Ancho Reyes]
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur [King’s Ginger]
1/2 oz Carrot Gin [Maine Craft Distilling Chesuncook]
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Kummel

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


After swapping King’s Ginger and Ancho Reyes with Garnish Girl, I really wanted to use both of them in the same drink.  Mostly because they fall on the weirder end of the spectrum when it comes to my home bar inventory.  But why stop there?  As I looked at other bottles to add to these two, I realized that Kummel (cumin liqueur) and Chesuncook (carrot gin) are equally as odd.  Amazingly, I think these four bottles might actually work together.  A quick glance in my trusty Flavor Bible shows cumin and carrots each having afffinities to ginger and chili spices, so that’s all the confirmation I needed. Continue reading

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Mixology Monday CXV: Chocolate


Brandy Alejandro

1 1/2 Brandy [Copper and Kings]
3/4 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1/2 oz Becherovka
1/4 oz Allspice Dram [St. Elizabeth]
Hot Chocolate

Prepare hot chocolate in a mug, add in the above and stir. Top with Allpsice Dram Whipped cream (whip heavy cream and add a splash of Allspice Dram). Sprinkle with chile powder and garnish with a cinnamon stick.


When I first did the bottle swap with Garnish Girl and got some Ancho Reyes, I couldn’t resist combining it with Kummel in The Pope of Chili Town.  Since then, I’ve thought about other traditional pairings with chiles, and the classic mole sauce caught my interest.   Chiles and chocolate combine to form a rich, spicy flavor.  Depending on the recipe, there are anise, cloves, allspice, and various other spices in there as well.  Could this translate to cocktail form?  This idea was already kicking around in my head, and then along comes Katie at Garnish Blog with the latest Mixology Monday theme – chocolate.  It’s clearly fate.  

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When Life Gives You Limoncello…


120 Down the Deegan

1 1/2 oz Gin [Boodles]
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth [Dolin]
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth [Dolin]
1/2 oz Blood Orange Limoncello [Fabrizia]
Few dashes Orange Bitters [Regan’s]

Combine ingredients with ice, stir, strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.


I have a few exciting things to announce.  First is a partnership with Muddle & Stir.  They sell everything you need for your bar except the booze.  Bitters, syrups, tools, etc, they’ve got you covered with an amazing selection.  Plus, all you guys get 10% if you use promo code MR10MUDDLE.  You can also clink the link on the side bar.  They carry a wide variety of accouterments you likely haven’t seen before, and will certainly get your creative juices flowing.

Second, about a month ago I received some limoncello from Fabrizia spirits.  It’s not something I normally keep stocked, so I was excited for the opportunity to experiment with limoncello in cocktails.  Even better, in addition to the traditional offering, I also got a blood orange liqueur and cream version.  The blood orange was especially intriguing, and immediately my wheels started turning. Continue reading

Winter Citrus is the Best Citrus


Mexican Sleepover

3/4 oz Mezcal [Del Maguey Vida]
3/4 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
3/4 oz Grapefruite Juice
Few dashes Hopped Grapefruit Bitters [Bittermens]

Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.


It’s winter, which means citrus season.  And while lemons and limes are essentially year round items for us, we definitely go all in on oranges and grapefruits during the colder months.  I love grapefruits on their own.  In fact, I’ll often just peel and eat them just like an orange (a move I learned from my dad) instead of the more traditional cut-in-half-eat-with-spoon method. So obviously I’ll take full advantage and throw them in some cocktails. Continue reading

A Year in Drinks

2016 is officially behind us, so let’s take a peak in the rear view mirror and hand out some some awards (the Muddlees?  Still working on that one).  On to the winners.

Top Three Most Viewed Posts
#3 – It’s Pronounced Yah-grr (featuring the Jagroni) – Negroni variation with Becherovka
#2 – Build a Better Bar Part 1: Poppin’ Bottles (featuring the Training Wheels) – A great intro to Aperol

And the most viewed post is…
#1The Ol’ Switcheroo (featuring the Half Windsor Knot) – This one actually makes me Continue reading