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Mr. Muddle

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Adam (aka Mr. Muddle)

Gift Ideas for the Holidays (or any time)

‘Tis the season, so I put together some gift ideas for the cocktail lover in your life (or for your own list if you want to give friends and family some help).  Even better, they’re all under $50, so you can spread the love around. Continue reading “Gift Ideas for the Holidays (or any time)”

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Reading Companion


Learn About It, Be About It

1 1/2 oz Gin [Detroit City Distillery]
1/2 oz Amaro Angeleno
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
Few Dashes Charred Cedar Bitters [Black Cloud Bitters]

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with orange twist.


For the last ten years, my work commute has been by car.  The bad news is I read a lot less books since I no longer take public transportation.  The good news is I have SiriusXM, which makes listening to the radio much more enjoyable.  My go to radio show on the way home is the All Out Show on Shade 45, hosted by Rude Jude Angelini. Continue reading “Reading Companion”

Two for Turkey Day


Family Thyme

1 oz Kina L’Aero D’Or [Tempus Fugit]*
1 oz Rainwater Madeira [Broadbent]
1/2 oz Cranberry Thyme Syrup
Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cranberries and thyme sprig. Optional: top with splash of prosecco or club soda
* If you don’t have Kina, Lillet, Cocchi Americano, or even a good dry vermouth will do in a pinch

Loosen the Belt

1 1/2 oz Bourbon [Woodford Reserve]
1 oz Amaro Meletti
1/2 oz Coffe Liqueur [Boston Harbor Distilling]

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.


It’s almost time for my most favorite holiday of the year.  I love Thanksgiving cuz it’s all about excess – lots of food, lots of football, lots of family.  And yeah, a fair bit of drinking in there too.  Last year’s Cornucopia Spritz was a low ABV aperitif style cocktail to get you ready for the meal but keeps you from saying anything embarrassing during it.  This year I’ve got another light cocktail for the afternoon, but this time I’m throwing in a nice digestif style drink to help you out once the plates are cleared. Continue reading “Two for Turkey Day”

In Case you Missed It…

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. Continue reading “In Case you Missed It…”

Everybody Plays the Fool


Jester’s Dead

2 oz Old Tom Gin [Hayman’s]
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Suze
1/4 oz Zucca
Few dashes Black Cloud Bitters Garden Party Bitters

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


You guys, if you don’t have the Death and Co. book, you need to remedy that right now.   There is so much inspiration in these pages it’s almost too good to be true.  I could probably make it a few months of drinking nothing but these recipes and be a happy camper.  There are so many delicious looking recipes sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever make it through them all. On top of that, every recipe is a little ball of inspiration, so the possibilities are truly endless. Continue reading “Everybody Plays the Fool”

Send Goodwill


Down to the Studs

1 1/2 oz Rock and Rye [NY Distilling Company]
1/2 oz Cider Syrup
1/2 oz Besamim [Sukkah Hill Spirits]
1/2 oz Cranberry Liqueur [Grand Ten]
Few dashes house apple bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass (preferably one from a vintage/thrift store).  Garnish with apple slices.


I’m coming up on two years of running this blog and instagram account.  As a result, I’ve made some great friends online who I’ve never actually met.  They often start fun campaigns in which the rest of the drinkstagram community can participate.  This week, I want to talk about the #sendgoodwill campaign.  Sasha @sashadallasgirl and Charlie @elementshrub came up with the idea to buy some vintage glassware from a thrift store, then send that glass around the country for other folks to use.  They even encouraged others to start a rotation using whatever glasses they could find. Continue reading “Send Goodwill”

Ultimate Peace


Spirit of the Game

1 1/2 oz Blanco Tequila [Lunazul]
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth [Dolin]
1/4 oz Pickle Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with pickle slices.


A few weeks ago Matt @theamateurmixologist put together an event for the drinkstagram community.  He wanted everyone to help celebrate International Day of Peace (Sept 21) by creating a cocktail that, in some way, captures the spirit of peace.  After thinking about different ways to capture this theme in a glass, I eventually turned to sports for my inspiration. Continue reading “Ultimate Peace”

Bitter Smoke


Strongly Worded Letter

1 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
1 oz Amaro CioCiaro
1/2 oz Dry Curacao [Pierre Ferrand]
1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry [Bodega Lustau]

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.


Well, it’s been a few weeks since Amaro Week ended, so I think I’m ready to get back to the bitter stuff.  I used this event as an excuse to by a bottle of Amaro I had my eye on for a while, Amaro CioCiaro.  When I got Brad Thomas Parson’s Amaro book last year, I immediately tagged this bottle.  He described it as mildly bitter, with a strong bitter orange flavor prevailing and some warm caramel undertones.  I was sold (also, that label!). Continue reading “Bitter Smoke”

Think Inside the Box


Under the Wire

1 1/2 gin [Ryan and Wood Knockabout Gin]
1/2 oz Grapefruit Liqueur [Giffard Pamplemousse]
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine [Powell and Mahoney]

Shake ingredients with ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with zigzaggy lime peel.


Last month, Al (who runs the @alsbarblog instagram account) started a recurring event of sorts.  At the beginning of each month, he would provide four paramters, and ask the drinkstagram community to come up with recipes based on them.  In July they were whiskey, grapefruit, stirred, bitters.  It was pretty fun to have a set of contstraints of sorts within which to work, and I came up with the Four to the Floor.  This month the four elements are gin, lime, syrup, shaken.  Surprisingly, I ran back the grapefruit, but in a totally different way.

Continue reading “Think Inside the Box”

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