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Better Know a Classic: Pegu Club


Pegu Club

2 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
3/4 oz Grand Marnier (Cointreau works too)
4 lime wedges (~1/2-3/4 oz lime juice)
Few dashes Angostura Bitters

Put lime wedges, Grand Marnier and bitters in a mixing glass.  Muddle to combine.  Add gin and ice.  Shake, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lime twist.

Recipe taken from The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff


One of the main reasons I started this blog was to inspire people to make cocktails at home.  To some, it can be a daunting task.  All those recipes and bottles can be overwhelming, then you just end up reaching for a beer.  So I’m always trying to think of ways to help ease people in the door.  For the next few weeks, I’ll be talking about how you can make a surprising number of drinks with two base spirits and four other bottles (plus some bitters and juices).  You’d be surprised how many classics and originals you can make with just bourbon, gin, orange liqueur, maraschino liqueur, Aperol, and sweet and dry vermouth (since it’s my blog and I make the rules, I’m counting the vermouths as one bottle).  Those six bottles should run you a grand total of about $100, depending on which brands you buy.  Not bad for a starter kit. Continue reading “Better Know a Classic: Pegu Club”

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”

Flip or Treat


Satan’s Stubble

3/4 oz Gin <Bully Boy>
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/4 oz Orange Juice
Few Dashes of hot sauce
Egg white

Add ingredients to an empty shaker, shake vigorously to combine.  Add ice, shake again, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


I wasn’t planning on doing a Halloween themed drink, but after seeing some cool ones other people put out there, I guess I got inspired.  These drinks usually fall into one of two camps.  On one hand you have your dry ice and gory garnishes, and on the other there is the surprisingly large amount of classics that have Halloweenish names.  I took the latter approach and used the Satan’s Whiskers as a starting point. Continue reading “Flip or Treat”

Away Game


Brandt’s Billables

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
3/4 oz Chocolate Liqueur <Godiva>
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
Few dashes Angostura bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


An interesting thing has happened since I started this blog.  When I go to people’s homes for a get together, whether it’s just a few people or a large family gathering, I often become the defacto bartender (first world problems, amirite?).  I mean, I get it, and I certainly don’t mind it.  However, usually I end up working with unfamiliar inventories of varying sizes, and will resort to making things up on the fly. Continue reading “Away Game”

Accidentally On Purpose


Firepit

3/4 oz Mezcal <Sacrificio>
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Lime Juice

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


Recently we acquired a firepit for the backyard, and a few weekends ago we were able to light it up for the first time.  They are really wonderful things, making an evening simply sitting in the yard more than just sitting in the yard.  And of course you can’t sit around a fire with empty hands, so we sipped on some beers and cocktails as we stared into the flames.  Mrs. Muddle stayed true to form and had a La Palabra (and it was declicious, by the way).  After tasting hers I knew the fire experience would be enhanced my the smokiness of mezcal, and set off to make something with it for myself. Continue reading “Accidentally On Purpose”

Rinse and Repeat


Chunnel

3/4 oz Gin <Wire Works>
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 barspoon Absinthe for rinsing

Rinse empty cocktail glass with absinthe. Combine rest of ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist


Recently I restocked my bar with a bottle of Grand Marnier.  It’s been quite some time since it last sat amongst the other liqueurs, so I’ve been going back through my recipes to see how I utilized it in the past.  The Chunnel spoke to me this week for a few reasons.

Continue reading “Rinse and Repeat”

Rock and Roll Libation


The Thamesmen

2 oz Genever <Bols>
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
Few dashes Fee Bros Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktial glass. Garnish with orange twist.


This passed weekend I stumbled upon Spinal Tap on TV.  I came in on the scene of them going over reviews of their earlier albums, which is pretty close to the beginning.  Next thing I know, they’re going on their reunion tour in Japan and the movie is over.  It was even on a channel with commercials, which is a testament to how much of a classic it really is. Continue reading “Rock and Roll Libation”

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