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Mr. Muddle

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Adam (aka Mr. Muddle)

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”

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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”

Just Don’t Slip on the Peel


Come, Mr. Tally Mon

2 oz Aged Rum [Plantation 5 year]
1/2 oz Amaro Meletti
1/4 oz Banana Liqueur [Giffards]
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with banana slice.


Guess what, there’s a whole event going on out in the drinkstagram-o-sphere celebrating all things bitter and (mostly) brown.  It’s Amaro Week!  My pal @mmydrinks has put together another wonderful campaign celebrating this tasty yet challenging class of spirit.  Be sure to follow @amaroweek and #amaroweek for amazing submissions from across the globe.  Continue reading “Just Don’t Slip on the Peel”

Summer’s Bounty


Fauxsé

1 1/2 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/2 oz Dry Curacao [Pierre Ferrand]
1/2 oz House Strawberry Basil Black Peppercorn Shrub

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with basil sprig.


Ahh summer.  Between farmer’s markets, variety of in store produce, and pick-your-own options a bound, a great season for the cocktail lover.  Last year after a strawberry picking outing, I made a strawberry shrub which, unsurprisingly, didn’t last very long.  Flipping through my cocktail journal I came upon one of the recipes I created with it.   Continue reading “Summer’s Bounty”

Better Know a Classic: Rum Swizzle


Rum Swizzle

2 oz Dark Rum [Plantation]
2 oz Gold Rum [Short Path]
2 oz Pineapple juice
1.75 oz Orange juice
1 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
1 oz Falernum [house]
.75 oz Lemon Juice
few dashes angostura bitters 

Combine ingredients in a glass and stir.  Fill a Collins glass 2/3 of the way with crushed ice, and add contents of mixing glass.  Swizzled or stir vigorously until a frost forms on the outside of the glass.  Top with more crushed ice.  Garnish with orange slice and mint (cuz I had some in my yard).  Add any kitschy swizzle sticks you may have and a straw.

* adapted from The Swizzle Inn website


Sorry (not sorry) for the lack of posts lately, but I have a valid excuse.  I was on vacation! A cruise to Bermuda to be exact.  While aboard the ship and on shore, I had many a tropical drink.  However, the one I’m spotlighting in this week’s entry into the Better Know a Classic series is Bermuda’s other famous drink – the Rum Swizzle.

Continue reading “Better Know a Classic: Rum Swizzle”

Woodsy Refreshment


Conifer Fizz

1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Pine Syrup [Dram Apothecary]
1/4 oz Lime Juice

Combine ingredients with ice and shake.  Strain into an ice filled Collins glass and top with 3 oz club soda.  Garnish with lime slices.


We spent last weekend up in the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  It’s one of my favorite parts of New England, with outdoors activities galore and jaw dropping views.  Hiking is the real attraction though, with trails taking you up mountains, to waterfalls, and through dense forests.  So it’s no surprise when I got home I was inspired to use my newly acquired Dram Apothecary pine syrup I bought at the Boston General Store. Continue reading “Woodsy Refreshment”

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