Rocktails In Memorium: Neil Peart

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Modern-day Warrior

2 parts (1 oz) Canadian Rye Whiskey [Crown Royal]
1 part (1/2 oz) Canadian Maple Liqueur
1 part (1/2 oz) lime juice
2 parts (1 oz) Ramazzotti

Combine in a shaker, shake with ice. Strain over an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with Rush vinyl album of your choice.


RIP Neil Peart (1/7/2020)

Oof, the world lost a legend this past weekend. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think the man was part octopus. His skill on the kit was unmatched, not to mention his wonderful, fantasmical lyric writing. Literally the beating heart of one the most powerful power trios ever to take the stage, he deserves a proper send-off. So my friend Jeff (of Luddite Stereo) and I decided on a little collabo tribute – he writes the words, I make the drink. Of course it had to be 2:1:1:2 ratio, of course it had to use some Canadian spirits, and of course it had to be named after a Rush lyric.

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Cracking the Cider Code

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Leaf Blower

1 oz Apple Cider
1 oz Cognac [Camus VSOP]
1/2 oz Becherovka
1/2 oz Honey Liqueur [Barenjager]

Shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with apple slice (freshly gathered leaves optional).


First off, apologies for the extended radio silence. I’v admittedly be focusing more on the instagram stuff, but I figure it’s time to get back to where it all started. It may not be on a weekly cadence, but my plan is to recommit to firing off more blog posts for a while.

Now, with that out of the way – let me tell you about Fall. It’s hands down one of my favorite things about living in New England. The foliage certainly helps matters, but Fall in New England just feels right. Besides the leaf peeping, my other favorite Fall activity is drinking apple cider. It fits the season so perfectly – fruity, brisk, and warming all at the same time. We literally go through gallons at my house between Sept and Dec. For some reason though, whenever I go to make a drink with it, I’m left a bit wanting.

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Better Know a Classic: Gimlet

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Vodka Gimlet

2 oz Vodka [Bradford]
3/4 – 1 oz Homemade Lime Cordial

Combine in a tin, shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist.


My father-in-law is going to be very excited about this post. I’d have to say the gimlet is his go-to drink. Like most people with their preferred tipples, he’s very particular about them too. When he orders one, he expects the classic tart sweetness of Rose’s Lime Cordial. According to him, fresh lime and sugar just isn’t the same – and since this is his drink, I’ll follow his lead. But we can do better than the high fructose laden Rose’s.

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Bottle Swap Collabo Part 6: Swedish Punsch

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Field Promotion

1 oz Swedish Punsch [Kronan]
1 oz White Rum [Privateer]
1/2 oz Bully Boy Amaro
1/2 oz Oloroso Sherry

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.


Wow, has it only been a month since the last Bottle Swap post? Time flies when you’re not posting much (I know, I know…I’ve been a little lax lately). Anyway, here we are, talking Swedish Punsch. As usual, head over to Garnish Girl’s corner of the internet to see what Katie did with her half of the bottle in the Doctor Bird.

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Made to Order

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Mule-arita

1 1/2 oz Blanco Tequila [Espolon]
1 oz Ginger Liqueur [Barrow’s Intense]
1/4 oz Grapefruit Liqueur [Giffard]
1/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with ginger slice and lime twist.


Sometimes it’s nice to have other people get the ball rolling for you. When friends come over, I’ll ask them to give me some of their preferred flavors before making their drink. This way I not only get a sense of what they like, but can think about other drinks with those flavors. Continue reading

Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together


Victory Formation

3/4 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
3/4 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz House Mango Kiwi Shrub
3/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with kiwi and dried mango.


As I’ve mentioned before, Mrs. Muddle rides hard for Mezcal. If we go out and there is a mezcal drink on the menu, smart money says she’ll order it. Likewise, when we’re making drinks at home, she’ll often request one with that agave spirit. I feel like I’ve made a mezcal drink with almost every other bottle in my bar.

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Double Barrel Action


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2 oz Bully Boy Private Cask Whiskey
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur [Barrow’s Intense]
Few dashes lemon ginger bitters [Hella Bitters]

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with crystalized ginger and lemon twist.


A few months ago I finally made it over to Bully Boy Distillers in South Boston. Many of their bottles have been staples in my bar since I first stumbled upon a tasting at a liquor store a few years back. Needless to say I was very excited to check out Bully HQ. They have a very creative bar program there, since they can only use alcohol they produce themselves. After a few drinks and a little tour, I was ready to choose my souvenir from the trip. Lucky for me, they recently released a special whiskey aged in both Port and Madeira barrels. Already a fan of their American Straight Whiskey, I didn’t hesitate to grab this one on my way out.

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Beantown Drink for the 4th


Freedom Trail

1 1/2 oz White Whiskey [Bully Boy]
3/4 oz Cranberry Liqueur [GrandTen]
3/4 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
Few dashes Fancy Tony’s Barrel Aged citrus bitters

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


Tomorrow is the 4th of July, one of the great drinking holidays in our fair country. And so it’s my civic to come up with a drink to help celebrate. However, I’m not gonna do what you think I’m gonna do. And no, I’m not talking about flipping out, but instead about coming up with a red, white, and blue themed drink.

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Creme de Menthe


Shamrock Spritz

1 1/2 oz gin [Detroit City Distillery]
3/4 oz Creme de Menthe [Short Path]
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Lime Juice
Club Soda

Combine first 4 ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into an ice filled rocks glass, top with club soda.  Garnish with lime twist


Short Path Distillery just north of Boston has a great CSA program.  However, instead of fruits and veggies, it’s booze related.  The acronym in this case stands for Community Supported Alcohol.  Basically they do limited edition, single batch releases of different spirits.  You can pre-order them and they must be picked up at the distillery itself.  The more popular ones even graduate to their regular lineup.  So when I got an email announcing the release of their Creme de Menthe, I jumped on the chance to get it. Continue reading

Another Planet in the Manhattanverse


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2 oz Barrel aged gin [Grand Ten]
1/2 oz Kina l’Aero d’Or
1/2 Etrog Liqueur [Sukkah Hill Spirits]
Few dashes orange bitters [Regan’s]

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


You guys, my love of Manhattans knows no bounds, and not just because it was my gateway cocktail. I really love the whole universe of Manhattans – your Little Italys, your Bensonhursts, your Brooklyns. My introduction into the the neighborhood variation was the Red Hook, and still remains one of my favorites.

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