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Foley Artist

2 oz Genever [Bols]
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Averna
Few dashes Peach Bitters [Fee Bros.]

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


Friday and Saturday nights in the Muddle household are usually a mixed bag of finding drinks from other ‘grammers/bloggers, leafing through the various cocktail books on my shelf, or staring at my bar and getting down to some good ol’ R&D.  Admittedly, this last option can be a bit hit or miss, but every now and then my efforts yield a worthy cocktail. Continue reading “Sounds Great”

Cinco de Derby

Guest post alert!!  I’m pulling double duty today as I have a guest post over at the Garnish blog (run by my fellow Boston cocktail blogger, Katie).  And as teaser, it’s Star Wars themed. We now return to our regularly scheduled program.


Julerita

1 oz Bourbon [Woodford Reserve]
1 oz Reposado Tequila [Espolon]
1/2 oz Hot Honey Syrup*
1/4 oz Etrog Liqueur [Sukkah Hill Spirits]
1/4 oz Lime Juice
Few sprigs of Mint

Combine mint and honey syrup in a mixing glass.  Muddle gently.  Add remaining ingredients.  Shake with ice, strain into a julep cup filled with crushed ice (or an ice filled rocks glass).  Top with more crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

*if you don’t have hot honey syrup, regular honey syrup or simple syrup with a few dashes of hot sauce works too


I was struggling what to write about today.  It’s Cinco de Mayo, so a margarita of some sort is the obvious choice.  But it’s also the Kentucky Derby this weekend and Mint Juleps are in the air.  After much deliberation, I realized the answer was right in front of me.  It’s mashup time! Continue reading “Cinco de Derby”

Location Location Location


The Great Room

3/4 oz White Rum [Smoky Quartz Distillery]
3/4 oz Bourbon [Woodford Reserve]
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Few Dashes Angostura bitters

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with lime twist.


Two weekends ago I was at my friend’s house in New Hampshire.  These are always enjoyable trips, with lots of friends and friends of friends hanging out in an idyllic setting. On the way up we stopped at a NH state liquor store.  For those that don’t know, NH has these state run liquor stores that are the size of grocery stores.  since this is the “Live Free or Die” state, there are no taxes on anything which means some pretty good prices.  I walked out with a bottle of white rum from Smoky Quartz Distillery. Continue reading “Location Location Location”

Things Got Weird


Over Under Sideways Down

2 oz Blanco Tequils [Lunazul]
1 oz Green Chartreuse
Few Dashes Black Cloud Garden Party Bitters (celery bitters would work too)

Combine ingredients in glass, stir with ice.  Strain into an ice filled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lime twist (or lemon in this case, since I didn’t have any lime).


The nice thing about making drinks at home is you can do whatever the hell you want.  It’s not like you have an unhappy customer on your hands if it doesn’t work out.  You only have yourself to blame.  And really, that just means you get to tweak things in the next drink.  It’s a liberating feeling, and it’s one of my favorite parts of home cocktailing.  Throw stuff at the wall (or in the glass, as it were) and see what sticks.

Continue reading “Things Got Weird”

Low ABV Staples


Cherrycano

1 1/2 oz Aperol
1 1/2 Sweet Vermouth [Noilly Prat]
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur [Luxardo]

Combine in a glass, stir with ice.  Strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Top with club soda and an orange twist.


This week is the second installment of my Bar Starter Kit series.  Last week we tackled Gin and orange liqueur with the Pegu Club.  Today, we’re taking a lower alcohol approach as we reach for Aperol, Sweet Vermouth and Maraschino Liqueur.  The first two are bonafied workhorses in the bar, working well with a wide range of spirits.  Maraschino liqueur is a good one because it lends a very distinctive flavor to cocktails, something a little different than other fruit based liqueurs. Continue reading “Low ABV Staples”

Coffee Toffee Goodness


House Money

2 oz Dark or Aged Rum* [Plantation]
3/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Orgeat [Fee Bros]
More than a few healthy dashes Coffee-Pecan Bitters (I imagine chocolate bitters would work here too)

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

*  The original incarnation used Plantation Original Dark, and was tasty in its own right. Recently I picked up a bottle of their 5 year Aged Rum, and it made itself right at home in this glass. Feel free to use either kind


As I mentioned for the Thoroughly Polite Dustup, I took my first stab at homemade bitters this fall.  I used my apple bitters for that drink.  The other was batch I made was coffee-pecan (shoutout to Brad Thomas Parsons and his Bitters book for the recipes), and I couldn’t wait to get those in a cocktail.  Luckily just after they were glass-ready, my sister and her significant other came to visit.  Being mid-October, we got our fire pit ablaze and needed some drinks complete the fall setting.

Continue reading “Coffee Toffee Goodness”

Stir, Yes Stir!


Kentucky Sergeant

2 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
3/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz St. Germain
Few dashes Peach Bitters * <Fee Bros.>

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass

* When I first made this drink, I didn’t use any bitters.  However, I’ve come to realize most bitters work pretty well with it, so use whatever you have on hand.  Or use none at all.


News flash: I love brown spirits.  You can give me all the whiskies, and I’ll be just fine.  And don’t stop there.  Cognacs and brandies are always welcome in my home.  Maybe that’s why I love Benedictine so much.  Combine this liqueur with any brown base spirit, and you’re almost guaranteed a delicious drink. Continue reading “Stir, Yes Stir!”

Bottle Swap Collabo Pt 2: Ancho Reyes


The Pope of Chili Town

1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1/2 oz Falernum
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1/8 oz (1 barspoon) Kummel

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


Here we go, part two of my Bottle Swap Collaboration with Garnish Girl.  Last week we focused on the King’s Ginger ginger liqueur for the Thoroughly Polite Dustup and Moscow Martini.  This week we’re turning our attention to Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur.  I’ve walked by this bottle countless times, growing more and more intrigued by its vintage-ish label and promise of heat and pepper flavor.  It took a bottle swap to finally get it in my bar.

Continue reading “Bottle Swap Collabo Pt 2: Ancho Reyes”

Wedding Favor


Arts & Sciences

1 1/4 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
1 oz Apple Cider
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/8 oz (1 barspoon) Maple Syrup
Few dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Garnish with an apple fan.


Two years ago this past Tuesday, two of my good friends got married.  We’ve been friends for almost 10 years, and shared many a drink at each other’s houses or out on the town.  It wasn’t a huge surprise when they asked me to create a drink for their rehearsal dinner, despite the fact I hadn’t even started this blog yet.  But it was a big responsibility, one that I was excited to take on.

Continue reading “Wedding Favor”

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