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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…”

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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”

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”

Negroni Week


White Smoke

1 oz Old Tom Gin [Hayman’s]
1 oz Suze
1 oz Lapsang Souchong Infused Dry Vermouth*

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

* Steep two tea bags in a 375ml bottle for about an hour, tasting every ten minutes after 30 mins. Remove tea bags when desired flavor is reached.


Hey everyone, it’s one of the most wonderful times of the year in the cocktail world – Negroni Week.  Bars across the country serve the classic gin/Campari/sweet vermouth drink, or their own variations, all the while donating proceeds from those drinks to their favorite charities.  Can’t beat being a barfly and a philanthrope all at once.  Not surprisingly, many homebartenders get into the act themselves. Continue reading “Negroni Week”

Sounds Great


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”

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