2 oz Gin [Catoctin Creek]
.5 oz grapefruit Oleo Saccharum
.5 oz Italicus
~4 oz hoppy pale ale [Lord Hobo Glorious]
Combine first three ingredients, stir with ice. Strain into a tall glass, top with beer. Garnish with grapefruit twist.
Recently one of my instagram friends @drink_specialistsgr_ offered up a challenge to make a cocktail featuring grapefruit. Perfect, I love grapefruit. I even have some Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur which is so tasty its practically cheating. But I wanted to take things in a different direction, so I decided to make a grapefruit oleo saccharum.
There’s a bit of a heat wave coming to Boston this weekend, so I figured it’s the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite refreshing tipples. These classics will keep you cool as the temperature climbs, and they all come together with two or three ingredients. Even better, I put my own spin on each one so you’ll get twice the inspiration. Continue reading
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
2 oz Blanco Tequila <Lunazul>
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Few dashes Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
4 oz Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin (any citrusy IPA will do)
Combine and shake everything but the IPA with ice, strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with 4 oz Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with lime wedge or twist.
This month’s Mixology Monday goes in the opposite direction of the previous one. Last time, we devised drinks to help brave the depths of winter. This go-round, we’re looking toward the future to warmer climes with the theme of Spring Break. Joe DiPippa of the Southern Ash blog describes it thusly:
Welcome to the 106th installment of Mixology Monday, the online monthly cocktail party! After the winds of winter blew through in January and we steeled ourselves against the cold in MxMO CV, February is bringing the end of (meteorological) winter! As we look past the frost in the air for the arrival of spring, I wanted to challenge you with the theme of Spring Break!
Aside from looking at the calendar and counting down the days to the return of warmer weather, the countdown is also on to Spring Break. The best part of Spring Break is that it means so many things to so many different people, so I have some high expectations this month. Yes, tiki-heads, I am looking at you.
I want all of you to dig deep, steeled by last month’s MxMO, and find your spring break drink! What sort of drinks do you enjoy when you start to break out of your winter shell? Do you crave a return to gin and tonics? Is there a drink that calls to you as the weather warms and the sun creeps through the sky longer and longer? Perhaps there is a drink that you fondly recall from your days of being a callow youth on Spring Break that led you down this primrose cocktail path? Do you turn to a specific cocktail throughout this blustery winter to keep your dreams of spring alive? Do you crave a new cocktail taking you away? This is the month to to share those warm weather finds!
1 oz bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1/2 oz Cointreau
7 or so dashes Angostura bitters
7 or so dashes Peychauds bitters
4-5 oz (chilled) Biere de Champagne <Enlightenment Brut>
Build in a champagne flute in the order given. Optional lemon twist for garnish
Champagne is to New Year’s Eve as turkey is to Thanksgiving. A longstanding tradition that is actually sort of boring on its own. A great way to mix things up this NYE is to use that champagne (or sparkling wine) as a component in more interesting drinks. You still get the thrill of poppin’ a bottle on New Year’s, but you’ll also get a bit more enjoyment out of its contents. Continue reading