3/4 oz Mezcal [Del Maguey Vida]
1/2 oz Chile Liqueur [Ancho Reyes]
1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur [King’s Ginger]
1/2 oz Carrot Gin [Maine Craft Distilling Chesuncook]
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Kummel
Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
After swapping King’s Ginger and Ancho Reyes with Garnish Girl, I really wanted to use both of them in the same drink. Mostly because they fall on the weirder end of the spectrum when it comes to my home bar inventory. But why stop there? As I looked at other bottles to add to these two, I realized that Kummel (cumin liqueur) and Chesuncook (carrot gin) are equally as odd. Amazingly, I think these four bottles might actually work together. A quick glance in my trusty Flavor Bible shows cumin and carrots each having afffinities to ginger and chili spices, so that’s all the confirmation I needed. Continue reading
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The Pope of Chili Town
1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
1/2 oz Falernum
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1/8 oz (1 barspoon) Kummel
Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.
Here we go, part two of my Bottle Swap Collaboration with Garnish Girl. Last week we focused on the King’s Ginger ginger liqueur for the Thoroughly Polite Dustup and Moscow Martini. This week we’re turning our attention to Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur. I’ve walked by this bottle countless times, growing more and more intrigued by its vintage-ish label and promise of heat and pepper flavor. It took a bottle swap to finally get it in my bar.
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.