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
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
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
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…
#1 – The Ol’ Switcheroo (featuring the Half Windsor Knot) – This one actually makes me Continue reading
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.
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
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.