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Chewing (and drinking) the Fat


Duck Dive

1 oz Duck Fat bourbon* [Old Granddad Bonded]
1 oz Apple Brandy [Short Path]
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur [Barrow’s Intense]
Few dashes lemon ginger bitters [Hella Cocktail]

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

* Combine ~2 oz duck fat with ~8 oz bourbon in a glass jar. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour. Place in freezer for about 2 days. Then remove from freezer and discard fat cap (or save for later), and strain through coffee filter. Fat washed bourbon can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks.


For New Year’s Eve, I took my first stab at fat washing booze by infusing brown butter into bourbon.  It was super easy and, more importantly, delicious, particularly in an Old Fashioned.  I also did some cooking that night, including a sous-vide duck breast.  After searing it off to crisp up the skin, there was a fair amount of duck fat leftover.  Armed with my new fat washing experience, I poured it into some bourbon. Continue reading “Chewing (and drinking) the Fat”

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Interesting Bubbles


Prince of Wales

3/4 oz Brandy [Copper and Kings]
3/4 oz Madeira [Broadbent Rainwater]
1/4 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
Few dashes Titze Bitters Bear’s Den Aromatic Bitters (original recipe calls for Angostura]

Combine in a mixing glass, stir with ice and strain into champagne flute.  Top with ~3 oz Champagen (or Prosecco, or Cava), and lightly stir to combine.  Garnish with lemon twist.

Taken from Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s guide.


Welp, it’s that time again.  The weather’s getting cold, the calendars are turning over, and parties are being planned.  Rest assured no matter where you celebrate Sunday night, there will be bubbles.  And it’s my yearly duty to remind you that you can do better than just champagne on New Year’s Eve. Continue reading “Interesting Bubbles”

Reading Companion


Learn About It, Be About It

1 1/2 oz Gin [Detroit City Distillery]
1/2 oz Amaro Angeleno
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
Few Dashes Charred Cedar Bitters [Black Cloud Bitters]

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with orange twist.


For the last ten years, my work commute has been by car.  The bad news is I read a lot less books since I no longer take public transportation.  The good news is I have SiriusXM, which makes listening to the radio much more enjoyable.  My go to radio show on the way home is the All Out Show on Shade 45, hosted by Rude Jude Angelini. Continue reading “Reading Companion”

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”

Aww, Nuts!


Creative Differences

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey [Rittenhouse]
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Orgeat [El Guapo Bitters]
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth [Dolin]
1/4 oz Lemon juice
Few dashes Angostura and Orange bitters [Regan’s]

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


Back in January, a good friend of mine was getting married in Cali.  For a while, he considered having me design a drink for the reception.  Since he lives in NYC, I would come up with a drink, and send him the specs so he could make it himself.  Ultimately, he got cold feet (on the drink, not the wedding), mostly because the venue convinced him to play it safe with a margarita variation (which was still delicious, by the way).  But we both agreed one of the drinks I sent him was worthy of a post, and that time has come. Continue reading “Aww, Nuts!”

Sounds Great


Foley Artist

2 oz Genever [Bols]
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Averna
Few dashes Peach Bitters [Fee Bros.]

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


Friday and Saturday nights in the Muddle household are usually a mixed bag of finding drinks from other ‘grammers/bloggers, leafing through the various cocktail books on my shelf, or staring at my bar and getting down to some good ol’ R&D.  Admittedly, this last option can be a bit hit or miss, but every now and then my efforts yield a worthy cocktail. Continue reading “Sounds Great”

From Manhattan to Southie


Nexus of the Universe

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey [Rittenhouse]
1/2 oz Cranberry Liqueur [Grand Ten]
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth [Dolin]
Few dashes Black and Blue bitters [Black Cloud Bitters]

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


One of my favorite things about making cocktails is inspiration can come from anywhere.  Maybe a drink I had at a bar, or something from out of one of the books on my shelf.  As my network of fellow drinkstagrammers and bloggers continues to grow, I can barely keep up with all the drinks I bookmark for later consumption.   Continue reading “From Manhattan to Southie”

My Tongue is a Battlefield


Flavour Death Match

2 oz Genever [Bols]
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Drambuie
1/4 oz Averna
Few dashes Charred Cedar Bitters [Black Cloud Bitters]

Stir with ice in a mixing glass, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


A few months ago I picked up the Black Cloud Bitters sampler from Muddle & Stir.  There are five kinds in there, all wonderfully odd.  Simply based on the labels, the Charred Cedar bitters excited and intrigued me the most.  Continue reading “My Tongue is a Battlefield”

Better Know a Classic: Gin and Tonic


Kumquat Gin and Tonic

2 oz of your favorite gin
3/4 oz Liber & Co. Spiced Tonic Syrup
1/4 oz Lime juice
1/4 oz Kumquat juice
Few dashes Barrel Aged Citrus bitters [Fancy Tony’s]. Any citrus bitters will work, or they can be omitted.
Combine ingredients, shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with ~3 oz club soda. Garnish with kumquat slices.

Classic Gin and Tonic

2 oz of your favorite gin
3/4 oz Jack Rudy Tonic Classic Tonic Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Combine ingredients, shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with ~3 oz club soda. Garnish with lime wheel.


Admittedly, I’m not going to blow any minds here.  The Gin and Tonic is so ubiquitous, it would probably be the number one answer to “Name a drink with gin” on Family Feud.  I’m sure there are plenty of people who don’t even consider it a cocktail, even as the recipe is right there in the name.  Gin, tonic, and maybe some lime juice if you’re feeling crazy.  But there are new developments in the land of G&T, and they are taking things to the next level. Continue reading “Better Know a Classic: Gin and Tonic”

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