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The Great Room

3/4 oz White Rum [Smoky Quartz Distillery]
3/4 oz Bourbon [Woodford Reserve]
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Few Dashes Angostura bitters

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with lime twist.


Two weekends ago I was at my friend’s house in New Hampshire.  These are always enjoyable trips, with lots of friends and friends of friends hanging out in an idyllic setting. On the way up we stopped at a NH state liquor store.  For those that don’t know, NH has these state run liquor stores that are the size of grocery stores.  since this is the “Live Free or Die” state, there are no taxes on anything which means some pretty good prices.  I walked out with a bottle of white rum from Smoky Quartz Distillery. Continue reading “Location Location Location”

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…”

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”

Wedding Favor


Arts & Sciences

1 1/4 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
1 oz Apple Cider
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/8 oz (1 barspoon) Maple Syrup
Few dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Garnish with an apple fan.


Two years ago this past Tuesday, two of my good friends got married.  We’ve been friends for almost 10 years, and shared many a drink at each other’s houses or out on the town.  It wasn’t a huge surprise when they asked me to create a drink for their rehearsal dinner, despite the fact I hadn’t even started this blog yet.  But it was a big responsibility, one that I was excited to take on.

Continue reading “Wedding Favor”

Four Punch Combo


Uppercut

3/4 oz Rye <Rittenhouse>
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
3/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass


The first weekend in May we had a little party at our house.  It also happened to be my friend’s birthday that day.  I was making various drinks throughout the night (a Good Shot Red Two, a Vieux Carre, among others) and then noticed the birthday girl had nothing in her hands.  When I offered to make her a drink, she requested something with a brown spirit that was also refreshing, maybe with some citrus.   Continue reading “Four Punch Combo”

What’s Up Doc


Man of a Thousand Voices

2 oz Chesuncook Botanical Spirit (aka Carrot Gin)
3/4 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz Kummel
Few Dashes Lemon Ginger bitters* <Hella Bitters>

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with carrot ribbon.
* Originally I used orange bitters, which would also work. It would make things a bit more citrusy and less spicy.


This past February Mrs. Muddle and I took a quick ski and snowboard trip to Sunday River in Maine.  Usually we make it a weekend thing, but this year we left Thursday and headed back on Saturday.   With the extra time afforded by this itinerary, we decided to extend the mini-vacay with a stop in Portland for some lunch and whatever beer/booze tastings we could find.  The neighborhood we chose was home to Rising Tide Brewing Co and Maine Craft Distilling.
Continue reading “What’s Up Doc”

Mixology Monday CVII: Infuse It or Lose It


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1 1/2 oz Vanilla-Date infused Old Grand Dad 114
1 1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1 barspoon (~1/8 oz) Cointreau

Stir with ice, strain into rocks glass with ice, garnish with a date slice.


 

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Hosting this month’s Mixology Monday is Dagreb of Nihil Utopia.  His theme is Burden of Proof, and I’ll let him expound upon it:

My theme this time is overproof. Or rather how you utilize overproofs.  Do you sub them into your standards? Save them for accents in particular recipes? Pour them into ceramic volcanoes and set them on fire? Reserve them only for making liqueres? Whatever it be I’m looking for your recipes that use overproofs as base or as modifier…

Dagreb goes on to stipulate that for the purposes of this MxMo, overproof shall be booze at 51% abv or greater.

Now, it just so happens I’ve had my eye on a bottle of Old Granddad 114 for a few months now at my local liquor store.  The price ($22) was ever so tempting, but for some reason I hadn’t yet pulled the trigger.  So thank you, Dagreb, for finally giving me a reason to make this impulse purchase. Continue reading “Mixology Monday CVII: Infuse It or Lose It”

Life is like a Bottle of Chocolate


Marge’s Bowling Ball

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz dark Creme de Cacao
1/4 oz Cointreau
Few dashes Fee Bros Chocolate bitters

Stir with ice, strain into empty rocks glass


After a year or two of building our home bar, we had a wide variety of bottles to choose from.  We were able to make a nice range of interesting cocktails on any given night.  However, every now and then Mrs. Muddle would drop subtle hints that we should add some chocolate liqueur or creme de cacao to the mix.  Not surprising, since she has the bigger sweet tooth in the house.  After a few trips to the liquor store which resulted in nary a chocolate liqueur, the requests came more frequently.  Conveniently by this point, Valentine’s Day was right around the corner.

Continue reading “Life is like a Bottle of Chocolate”

Build a Better Bar Part 1: Poppin’ Bottles


Training Wheels

1 1/2 oz bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz lemon juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass


 

I’m gonna drop some serious knowledge right here.  The drinks you make are only as interesting as the bottles in your bar.  Admittedly, this is not rocket science, but figuring out what bottles to stock can be a daunting endeavor.  Think of it like cooking.

Continue reading “Build a Better Bar Part 1: Poppin’ Bottles”

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