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.
1 oz Gin [Boodles]
1 oz Pimm’s #1
1/2 oz Aperol
Few dashes Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit bitters.
Add above ingredients to a blender with ice and blend. Strain into an ice filled collins glass and top with ~3 oz Naragansett Del’s Shandy (or any shandy you like). Garnish with lemon slice.
This is one I came up with for a Pimm’s Cup instagram event hosted by @theamateurmixologist. He challenged people to riff on the classic Pimm’s Cup. I decided to use a shandy in place of the traditional lemon-lime soda, and it was a winning combo.
4 Cotton Candy grapes
1 oz Bourbon [Woodford]
1 oz Pineapple Rum [Plantation Stiggins]
.75 oz Blanc Vermouth [Dolin]
.25 oz Orgeat [El Guapo Bitters]
Muddle grapes in a mixing glass, add remaining indredients. Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with more cotton candy grapes.
If you don’t know about cotton candy grapes, you’re missing out. These things taste so much like cotton candy it messes with your head. When my friend texted me one day challenging me to come up with a drink using them, I was more than happy to oblige. Pairing them with bourbon and Plantation Pineapple complimented the sweetness while still provided some kick. This was a fun one.
.5 oz Aged Rum [Plantaion 5 yr]
.25 oz Batavia Arrack [Van Oosten]
.75 oz Cloudberry Liqueur [Lignell and Piispanen]
.75 oz Apricot Liqueur [Rothman and Winter]
.75 oz Lime Juice
Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with dried apricot and lime peel.
Often I’ll be scrolling through my instagram feed and see a drink that springs me into action. For the Million Dollar Dream, I saw @barfaith’s post on the Million Dollar cocktail, with rum, apricot brandy, lime juice and sloe gin. That last ingredient always catches my eye. While I don’t have any myself, I do have a bottle of cloudberry liqueur from Finland that I’ll often use in its stead. In this case I doubled down on the funk by adding some Batavia Arrack. Couldn’t resist going old school WWF on the name either.
1.5 oz White Whiskey [Bully Boy]
.75 oz Blood Orange Limoncello [Fabrizia]
.5 oz Licor 43
.25 oz Aquavit [Krogstat]
Few dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
You may be able to guess where the inspiration came from for this one by looking at the name. When @boxesandbooze challenged drinkstagrammers to take a much maligned cocktail and update it for his #cocktailredux campaign, I set my sights on the Harvey Walbanger. Not much going on here in the original, vodka, OJ and Galliano. I prefer Licor 43 to Galliano since it has stronger vanilla notes. Instead of going the obvious route of swapping gin for vodka, I grabbed my bottle of white whiskey, which is closer to the original but still packs some flavor. I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s refined takes on these “classics” (Blue Hawaiians, Cosmos, Fuzzy Navels to name a few), and it was fun to contribute one of my own.
So there you have it, a peek into what goes on in the other corner of my little cyber world. Next time you’re looking for a drink, you have one more place to check.