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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.

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink


Clown Car

3/4 oz Mezcal [Del Maguey Vida]
1/2 oz Chile Liqueur [Ancho Reyes]
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur [King’s Ginger]
1/2 oz Carrot Gin [Maine Craft Distilling Chesuncook]
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Kummel

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


After swapping King’s Ginger and Ancho Reyes with Garnish Girl, I really wanted to use both of them in the same drink.  Mostly because they fall on the weirder end of the spectrum when it comes to my home bar inventory.  But why stop there?  As I looked at other bottles to add to these two, I realized that Kummel (cumin liqueur) and Chesuncook (carrot gin) are equally as odd.  Amazingly, I think these four bottles might actually work together.  A quick glance in my trusty Flavor Bible shows cumin and carrots each having afffinities to ginger and chili spices, so that’s all the confirmation I needed. Continue reading “Everything but the Kitchen Sink”

Mixology Monday CXV: Chocolate

Brandy Alejandro

1 1/2 Brandy [Copper and Kings]
3/4 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1/2 oz Becherovka
1/4 oz Allspice Dram [St. Elizabeth]
Hot Chocolate

Prepare hot chocolate in a mug, add in the above and stir. Top with Allpsice Dram Whipped cream (whip heavy cream and add a splash of Allspice Dram). Sprinkle with chile powder and garnish with a cinnamon stick.


When I first did the bottle swap with Garnish Girl and got some Ancho Reyes, I couldn’t resist combining it with Kummel in The Pope of Chili Town.  Since then, I’ve thought about other traditional pairings with chiles, and the classic mole sauce caught my interest.   Chiles and chocolate combine to form a rich, spicy flavor.  Depending on the recipe, there are anise, cloves, allspice, and various other spices in there as well.  Could this translate to cocktail form?  This idea was already kicking around in my head, and then along comes Katie at Garnish Blog with the latest Mixology Monday theme – chocolate.  It’s clearly fate.  

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When Life Gives You Limoncello…


120 Down the Deegan

1 1/2 oz Gin [Boodles]
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth [Dolin]
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth [Dolin]
1/2 oz Blood Orange Limoncello [Fabrizia]
Few dashes Orange Bitters [Regan’s]

Combine ingredients with ice, stir, strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.


I have a few exciting things to announce.  First is a partnership with Muddle & Stir.  They sell everything you need for your bar except the booze.  Bitters, syrups, tools, etc, they’ve got you covered with an amazing selection.  Plus, all you guys get 10% if you use promo code MR10MUDDLE.  You can also clink the link on the side bar.  They carry a wide variety of accouterments you likely haven’t seen before, and will certainly get your creative juices flowing.

Second, about a month ago I received some limoncello from Fabrizia spirits.  It’s not something I normally keep stocked, so I was excited for the opportunity to experiment with limoncello in cocktails.  Even better, in addition to the traditional offering, I also got a blood orange liqueur and cream version.  The blood orange was especially intriguing, and immediately my wheels started turning. Continue reading “When Life Gives You Limoncello…”

Winter Citrus is the Best Citrus


Mexican Sleepover

3/4 oz Mezcal [Del Maguey Vida]
3/4 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
3/4 oz Grapefruite Juice
Few dashes Hopped Grapefruit Bitters [Bittermens]

Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.


It’s winter, which means citrus season.  And while lemons and limes are essentially year round items for us, we definitely go all in on oranges and grapefruits during the colder months.  I love grapefruits on their own.  In fact, I’ll often just peel and eat them just like an orange (a move I learned from my dad) instead of the more traditional cut-in-half-eat-with-spoon method. So obviously I’ll take full advantage and throw them in some cocktails. Continue reading “Winter Citrus is the Best Citrus”

A Year in Drinks

2016 is officially behind us, so let’s take a peak in the rear view mirror and hand out some some awards (the Muddlees?  Still working on that one).  On to the winners.

Top Three Most Viewed Posts
#3 – It’s Pronounced Yah-grr (featuring the Jagroni) – Negroni variation with Becherovka
#2 – Build a Better Bar Part 1: Poppin’ Bottles (featuring the Training Wheels) – A great intro to Aperol

And the most viewed post is…
#1The Ol’ Switcheroo (featuring the Half Windsor Knot) – This one actually makes me Continue reading “A Year in Drinks”

Better Know a Classic: French 75


French 75

1 3/4 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 Simple Syrup
2-4 oz Chilled Dry Sparkling Wine (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava)

Combine everything but the sparkling wine in a shaker, shake with ice. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon twist.

Recipe taken from Epicurious


It’s that time of year again, one of the few points in the year that people actually drink Champagne (outside of weddings and charity fundraisers).  As I mentioned last year, Champagne on its own is mediocre at best.  That’s why on New Year’s Eve I prefer to use it (or the more affordable Prosecco/Cava option) as a component in a cocktail.  At the close of 2015, I mentioned the Seelbach and my take on it, the Seelbeer.  This time around, we’re sticking with another bubbly classic, the French 75. Continue reading “Better Know a Classic: French 75”

Latkes and Libations


Gimel-let

2 oz vodka
1/2 Dry Vermouth
1/4 oz Calvados
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Few dashes Orange Bitters

Combine ingredients in a glass with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon peel Star of David.


We’re looking down the barrel of the holiday season, so why not keep things festive.  This week I wanted try and come up with a drink to celebrate Hanukkah.  One option was to pull inspiration from the menorah and candles, but Homer already made the best cocktail to incorporate fire.  Instead, I turned to the dinner table, where you will always find a plate of crispy latkes. Continue reading “Latkes and Libations”

MxMo CXIV – Take a Moment to Digest


Prison Tattoo

1 oz Ramazzotti
1 oz Averna
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur <King’s Ginger>
1/2 oz Rock and Rye <Hochstadter’s>

Stir with ice, strain into an empty rocks glass (for whatever reason, I love when amari are served down, just seems to fit).  Garnish with orange twist.


It’s time for another Mixology Monday!  Our host this month is Stacy Markow (be sure to check out her eponymous blog) and she has selected digestifs as the theme.  More specifically, she challenges us to “explore the vast combinations that camxmologon be found by discovering and making cocktails from ingredients known for their digestive properties. Rather timely  since, as she puts it “…this time of year is known for calorie laden holiday meals surrounded by family and friends “.  Continue reading “MxMo CXIV – Take a Moment to Digest”

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