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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 [Fidencio]
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”

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 “Creme de Menthe”

Another Planet in the Manhattanverse


Telegraph Hill

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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Bottle Swap Collabo Part 3: Giffard Banane du Bresil


Pratfall

1 1/2 oz Blended Scotch (ideally on the peaty side) {Mackinlay Shackleton]
3/4 oz Banana Liqueur [Giffard]
1/2 oz Maple Syrup
1/4 oz Apricot liqueur [Rothman and Winter]

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


About a year and a half ago, I teamed up with Katie from Garnish Blog for a series of bottle swap posts. To refresh your memory, the idea is we each buy a different bottle, trade half, and make some drinks. Last time we did the King’s Ginger and Ancho Reyes. It was such a blast, we decided to do it again with two more bottles. As luck would have it, shortly after we made the trade, Katie announced she was pregnant. So we put the bottle swap series on hold until she was off the wagon again. Now that she’s officially a mom, it’s time for the third Bottle Swap intallment, starring Giffard Banane du Bresil. Be sure to check out Katie’s take, Banana Bread

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Random Produce


Sufferin’ Succulents

2 oz Prickly Pear infused Pisco [Macchu Pisco]
1/2 oz Chareau Aloe Spirit
1/2 oz Blanc Vermouth [Dolin]
barspoon Mezcal [Del Maguey Vida]

Pour mezcal into a cocktail glass, swirl and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in mixing glass with ice and stir. Dump out mezcal, and strain other ingredients into the glass. Garnish with lime and orange Prickly Pear Cactus.


The other day I was at the grocery store, doing my normal weekly shopping. Veggies for some dinners during the week, snacks for lunches, and some fruit for the house. As I made my way towards the citrus, there was a whole display with a bunch of – shall we say, weirder – fruits. Yucca, star fruit, chayote. My cocktail gears started turning, so I took a closer look, and spotted some prickly pears. “Yeah”, I thought, “I could work with that” (despite the fact I never even had one before).

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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”

Better Know a Classic: Ti’ Punch


Ti’ Punch

2 oz Rhum Agricole [Clement VSOP]
1/4 oz Cane Syrup [Lyle’s]
Healthy squeeze of lime

Build in a rocks glass. Stir to combine, add ice if desired. Garnish with lime coin. Recipe adapted from Esquire


So the #tikithesnowaway instagram campaign came to an end last yesterday, but I’m gonna get one last post in. As a casual Tiki drinker, I really learned a lot this month about blending rums, outlandish garnishes, and sweet old-school mugs, but it’s time to simplify things as we bid this campaign farewell.

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