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Latin 101


Railway Howitzer

2 oz Gin [Catoctin Creek]
.5 oz grapefruit Oleo Saccharum
.5 oz Italicus
~4 oz hoppy pale ale [Lord Hobo Glorious]

Combine first three ingredients, stir with ice. Strain into a tall glass, top with beer. Garnish with grapefruit twist.


Recently one of my instagram friends @drink_specialistsgr_ offered up a challenge to make a cocktail featuring grapefruit. Perfect, I love grapefruit. I even have some Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur which is so tasty its practically cheating. But I wanted to take things in a different direction, so I decided to make a grapefruit oleo saccharum.

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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”

Two for Turkey Day


Family Thyme

1 oz Kina L’Aero D’Or [Tempus Fugit]*
1 oz Rainwater Madeira [Broadbent]
1/2 oz Cranberry Thyme Syrup
Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cranberries and thyme sprig. Optional: top with splash of prosecco or club soda
* If you don’t have Kina, Lillet, Cocchi Americano, or even a good dry vermouth will do in a pinch

Loosen the Belt

1 1/2 oz Bourbon [Woodford Reserve]
1 oz Amaro Meletti
1/2 oz Coffe Liqueur [Boston Harbor Distilling]

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


It’s almost time for my most favorite holiday of the year.  I love Thanksgiving cuz it’s all about excess – lots of food, lots of football, lots of family.  And yeah, a fair bit of drinking in there too.  Last year’s Cornucopia Spritz was a low ABV aperitif style cocktail to get you ready for the meal but keeps you from saying anything embarrassing during it.  This year I’ve got another light cocktail for the afternoon, but this time I’m throwing in a nice digestif style drink to help you out once the plates are cleared. Continue reading “Two for Turkey Day”

In Case you Missed It…

For all of you who follow my blog, it’s very much appreciated.  However, this isn’t the only place you can get your Mr. Muddle fix.  Over on instagram, you can find more spur of the moment creations, drinks that are part of a larger Instagram events, and other assorted cocktail centric musings.  They don’t always make it back to the blog.  Fear not though, in this week’s post I’ll highlight some of my favorites you may have missed. Continue reading “In Case you Missed It…”

Think Inside the Box


Under the Wire

1 1/2 gin [Ryan and Wood Knockabout Gin]
1/2 oz Grapefruit Liqueur [Giffard Pamplemousse]
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine [Powell and Mahoney]

Shake ingredients with ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with zigzaggy lime peel.


Last month, Al (who runs the @alsbarblog instagram account) started a recurring event of sorts.  At the beginning of each month, he would provide four paramters, and ask the drinkstagram community to come up with recipes based on them.  In July they were whiskey, grapefruit, stirred, bitters.  It was pretty fun to have a set of contstraints of sorts within which to work, and I came up with the Four to the Floor.  This month the four elements are gin, lime, syrup, shaken.  Surprisingly, I ran back the grapefruit, but in a totally different way.

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Summer’s Bounty


Fauxsé

1 1/2 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/2 oz Dry Curacao [Pierre Ferrand]
1/2 oz House Strawberry Basil Black Peppercorn Shrub

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with basil sprig.


Ahh summer.  Between farmer’s markets, variety of in store produce, and pick-your-own options a bound, a great season for the cocktail lover.  Last year after a strawberry picking outing, I made a strawberry shrub which, unsurprisingly, didn’t last very long.  Flipping through my cocktail journal I came upon one of the recipes I created with it.   Continue reading “Summer’s Bounty”

I’m Gonna Drink You, Sukkah!


Lazarus Cocktail

3/4 oz Gin [Ryan and Wood]
3/4 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
3/4 oz Etrog Liqueur [Sukkah Hill Spirits]
3/4 oz Amaro Montenegro

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


A few weeks ago Mrs. Muddle informed me a package showed up at our door that appeared to be boozemail.  She asked if I was expecting anything, but I was not.  It turned out the folks at Sukkah Hill Spirits sent me a bottle of their Etrog liqueur.   Continue reading “I’m Gonna Drink You, Sukkah!”

Split Base on the Seas


Maritime Law

1 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
1 oz Amontillado Sherry [Lustau]
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur [Luxardo]
1/2 oz Aquavit [Linie]

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


Welp, it’s one of those weeks again.  Things are pretty busy around here and time is a precious commodity because Summer. So I’m dipping into my cocktail journal and pulling out a recipe to write about.  This is often an enjoyable bit of potable time travel, as I’ll come across drinks I forgot about or haven’t made in quite some time.  

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More like Ba-tea-via, Amirite?


Bells and Whistles

1 1/2 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
1/2 oz Batavia Arrack [Van Oosten]
1/2 oz Blanc Vermouth [Dolin]
1/2 oz Earl Grey Tea Syrup

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


I didn’t have anything specific to post about this week, so I decided it’s time I write about one of the weirder bottles in my bar.  Batavia Arrack is one of those quintessential capital-B “Bar” bottles.  Normally you’d find this in drinks you had while out at a bar. It’s interesting and enjoyable in that setting but you can’t seem to convince yourself to bring a bottle home. Continue reading “More like Ba-tea-via, Amirite?”

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