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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks


Lundehund Sour

1 1/2 oz Aquavit [Krogstad]
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Limoncello [Fabrizia]
Few dashes Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with grapefruit twist


This winter, Mrs. Muddle and I were lucky enough to sit at the bar at the Walker Inn for their cocktail omakase style service.  Now, I’m plenty familiar with ordering off menu or surrendering my drink choice to the whims of the bartender, it’s a great way to get a more personalized experience.  But imagine doing that for a whole set of cocktails, all connected by a common theme, where each one is carefully crafted to highlight particular flavors.  That’s what the omakase service at the Walker is all about.  On our visit, the theme for the night was winter citrus. Continue reading “Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks”

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”

MxMo CIX – Come Dry Your Drinks


Dry Dock

1 1/2 oz Aquavit 3/4 oz Amontillado Sherry
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth

Stir with ice, strain into chilled a cocktail glass


For Mixology Monday this month, Nick from the Booze Baron  decreed unto his subjects the theme shall be dry, and not in the British sense of humor way.  He gives some hints on what he means when he reminds us:

            there’s an entire section of the human sensory experience that enjoys things like                                 wines, dry sherries, dry cider, crisp pilsners, dry lambics, gin with soda not tonic                                 and neat spirits.

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A very specific challenge indeed.  I decided to run with one of his suggestions and start with sherry as a jumping off point.  I assure you this had nothing to do with the fact that my bar has been missing this bottle for a while, and I needed a reason to replenish the stock. Continue reading “MxMo CIX – Come Dry Your Drinks”

Mixology Monday: No Ice, No problem


32 Degrees

1 1/2 oz Dark Rum 3/4 oz Amaro Montenegro
3/4 oz Aquavit Barspoon Absinthe

Rinse a rocks glass with the absinthe, then discard. Combine remaining ingredients in the rocks glass, stir to combine. This is a room temperature cocktail that doesn’t require ice.


My first Mixology Monday is the reason for this early week post, and the theme is “Brace Yourself”.  Playing host is the good doctor at Doc Elliot’s Mixology.  As he put it, “the challenge is to create a cocktail that will buttress oneself for Winter’s outdoor adventures.” This proved to be especially prescient as the entire eastern seaboard was blanketed by winter storm Jonas this weekend (amazingly, here in Boston, we only ended up with a few inches), so these cocktails will no doubt come in handy. Continue reading “Mixology Monday: No Ice, No problem”

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