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Walking the Walk


Santilli Spritz

1 oz Creme de Menthe [Short Path]
1 oz Americano Blanc [Short Path]
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Few dashes Garden Party Bitters [Black Cloud Bitters]

Combine ingredients and shake with ice, strain into an ice filled Collins glass.  Top with ~3 oz club soda.  Garnish with mint and thyme sprig.


It’s really no secret that I ride pretty hard for local spirits (#drinklocal).  And not just because of the proximity, but because there plenty of distilleries in and around Boston that are turning out some great bottles.  From Bully Boy to Grand Ten to Privateer, they are all bringing something different to the table.  Recently though there is one that is taking things to the next level, venturing outside the usual gin/whiskey/rum/vodka world (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Continue reading “Walking the Walk”

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Get to the Root of this Whiskey


Hot Mic

1 1/2 oz Ginger Whiskey [Misunderstood Whiskey]
3/4 oz House Blackberry Cinnamon shrub
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with crystalized ginger and blackberries.


My parents really seem to have this whole retirement thing down pretty well.  They are pros at keeping themselves busy.  Adult education classes at local colleges, random performances in and around town, along with traditional hobbies like biking, knitting, and reading all fill their day.  Real talk though, the activity that gets me most excited about retirement is their wine, beer, and booze tasting circuit.   Continue reading “Get to the Root of this Whiskey”

You Can Take the Man Out of NJ…


Take a Number

2 oz Everything bagel shake infused rye whiskey
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/4 oz Lemon juice
Few Dashes Black Cloud Bitters Garden Party Bitters
Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray celery soda

Rim Collins glass with everything bagel shake, set aside. Add everything but soda to a mixing glass with ice. Shake, strain into ice filled Collins glass. Top with ~3 oz celery soda, garnish with lemon spiral and celery.


After 15+ years of living in Boston, there are tons of things I love about this part of the country. The history, proximity to skiing, abundant seafood, and such. But there is one thing this Jersey boy still misses desparately…Bagels. Even the best bagel in Boston is a mediocre NJ/NY bagel at best.

Continue reading “You Can Take the Man Out of NJ…”

Perfection in Four Parts

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Denouement

3/4 oz Pineapple Rum [Plantation Stiggins Fancy]
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Benedictine
3/4 oz lime juice

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


The Last Word.  You can almost consider it the poster child for resurrected classic cocktails.  Manhattans and Martinis never really went away, they just got the care and respect they deserve with the cocktail renaissance.  The Last Word?  Well, nobody even heard of it before it was revived in 2004, and it soon became the darling of the pre-prohibition era drinks. Continue reading “Perfection in Four Parts”

Why is this Drink Different from All Other Drinks?


We Are All Reclining

1 1/4 Slivovitz [Jelinek]
3/4 oz ginger liquer [Barrow’s Intense]
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Cherry Brandy [ Cherry Heering]
1/4 oz Besamim

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


Recently my friend @schmaltzychef introduced me to the world of Slivovitz. These plum brandies are from Eastern Europe and have a ton of old world cache. They have been on my mind ever since trying one at his apartment, and with Passover right around the corner, I figured it’s the perfect time to pick up a bottle for my own bar.

Continue reading “Why is this Drink Different from All Other Drinks?”

Know Your Receiver


The Intriguing Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

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


Valentine’s Day and chocolate – a combination as old as time itself. Lucky for us chocolate comes in booze form too. A few years ago I wrote about how a bottle of creme de cacao is a great twist on a valentines cliche. I’m back at it again, but this time it’s about really tailoring the drink to your partners taste. In Mrs. Muddle’s case, that means only one thing: Mezcal. Continue reading “Know Your Receiver”

Da Bomb (Tiki) 


Bomb Cyclone

.5 oz White Rum [Smoky Quartz Distillery]
.5 oz Aged Rum [Diplomatico Reserve]
1 oz Rhum Agricole [Clement V.S.O.P]
1 oz Dark rum [Grand Ten Distilling]
.75 oz Besamim [Sukkah Hill Spirits]
.75 oz Pineapple Juice
.25 oz Lemon juice
.25 oz grenadine

Shake ingredients with ice.  Strain into a tiki mug filled with crushed ice, then top with more crushed ice.  Garnish with dehydrated lemon wheel and pineapple chunk, and other tiki paraphernalia


Normally, when you think of January, you think of playoff football, winter sports, and hearty stews.  Cocktails tend to be more spirit forward sippers, best suited for pensively gazing into fires.  Well, my insta-pals @ntitz and @homebargirl are out to change all that with their #tikithesnowaway campaign.

Continue reading “Da Bomb (Tiki) “

Better Know a Classic: Rum Swizzle


Rum Swizzle

2 oz Dark Rum [Plantation]
2 oz Gold Rum [Short Path]
2 oz Pineapple juice
1.75 oz Orange juice
1 oz Triple Sec [Short Path]
1 oz Falernum [house]
.75 oz Lemon Juice
few dashes angostura bitters 

Combine ingredients in a glass and stir.  Fill a Collins glass 2/3 of the way with crushed ice, and add contents of mixing glass.  Swizzled or stir vigorously until a frost forms on the outside of the glass.  Top with more crushed ice.  Garnish with orange slice and mint (cuz I had some in my yard).  Add any kitschy swizzle sticks you may have and a straw.

* adapted from The Swizzle Inn website


Sorry (not sorry) for the lack of posts lately, but I have a valid excuse.  I was on vacation! A cruise to Bermuda to be exact.  While aboard the ship and on shore, I had many a tropical drink.  However, the one I’m spotlighting in this week’s entry into the Better Know a Classic series is Bermuda’s other famous drink – the Rum Swizzle.

Continue reading “Better Know a Classic: Rum Swizzle”

The Sweet Science


Pollenator

3/4 oz Rye Whiskey [Rittenhouse]
3/4 oz Pimm’s #1
3/4 oz Mead [Sap House Meadery]
3/4 oz Lemon juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chille cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon “honeycomb”.


A few weeks ago my friend and I were driving through eastern NH, on the way to another friends house in Western Maine.  Along the side of the road we saw a large sign that read “Sap House Meadery.  Turn left in 3/4 of a mile”.  We looked at each other and decided to follow those simple directions. Continue reading “The Sweet Science”

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