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Why is this Drink Different from All Other Drinks?


We Are All Reclining

1 1/4 Slivovitz [Jelinek]
3/4 oz ginger liquer [Barrow’s Intense]
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Cherry Brandy [ Cherry Heering]
1/4 oz Besamim

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


Recently my friend @schmaltzychef introduced me to the world of Slivovitz. These plum brandies are from Eastern Europe and have a ton of old world cache. They have been on my mind ever since trying one at his apartment, and with Passover right around the corner, I figured it’s the perfect time to pick up a bottle for my own bar.

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Bottle Swap Collabo Part 4: Suze


Power of the Glow

1 oz Mezcal [Findecio]
1 oz Suze
1 oz Creme de Menthe [Short Path]

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon peel and mint sprig.


Remember that thing Katie from Garnish blog and I did a few weeks ago, or even almost a year ago, where we swapped bottles and made drinks?  Well it’s time for our fourth installment, this time featuring Suze. You may recognize this French bitter herbal aperitif by its awesome label design (shout out to Katie for a the handmade version) or its striking yellow color.  Before you read any further, go check out creation, the ApiaryContinue reading “Bottle Swap Collabo Part 4: Suze”

Peculiar Produce


Dragon Unit

1 1/2 oz Old Tom Gin [Hayman’s]
3/4 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
1/2 oz Elderflower Liqueur [St. Elder]
4 chunks of Dragon Fruit
Few Drops Saline Solution

Muddle dragon fruit in the bottom of a mixing glass.  Add first three ingredients and shake with ice.  Double strain into a cocktail glass, add a few drops of saline solution and give a quick stir.  Garnish with dragon fruit wedge.


Lately I’ve been into cruising through the produce section to see if there is any weird fruit I can use for cocktails.  A month or so ago I came home with a prickly pear, infused some pisco, and made the Sufferin’ Succulents.  This time it was a similarly odd looking fruit that caught my eye, the dragon fruit. Continue reading “Peculiar Produce”

Know Your Receiver


The Intriguing Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

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


Valentine’s Day and chocolate – a combination as old as time itself. Lucky for us chocolate comes in booze form too. A few years ago I wrote about how a bottle of creme de cacao is a great twist on a valentines cliche. I’m back at it again, but this time it’s about really tailoring the drink to your partners taste. In Mrs. Muddle’s case, that means only one thing: Mezcal. Continue reading “Know Your Receiver”

When Life Gives you Honeycomb…


Bumblebee Man

2 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
3/4 oz honey syrup
1/4 oz lime juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with time twist and honeycomb (if you have it).


The other day Mrs. Muddle came home with a chunk of honeycomb from The Boston General Store.  When I asked what this was for she responded, “not quite sure, but I figured you could use it in some of your pictures.”  Challenge excepted! Continue reading “When Life Gives you Honeycomb…”

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”

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