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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.

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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”

Aww, Nuts!


Creative Differences

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 “Aww, Nuts!”

Everything but the Kitchen Sink


Clown Car

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 “Everything but the Kitchen Sink”

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”

Better Know a Classic: French 75


French 75

1 3/4 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 Simple Syrup
2-4 oz Chilled Dry Sparkling Wine (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava)

Combine everything but the sparkling wine in a shaker, shake with ice. Strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon twist.

Recipe taken from Epicurious


It’s that time of year again, one of the few points in the year that people actually drink Champagne (outside of weddings and charity fundraisers).  As I mentioned last year, Champagne on its own is mediocre at best.  That’s why on New Year’s Eve I prefer to use it (or the more affordable Prosecco/Cava option) as a component in a cocktail.  At the close of 2015, I mentioned the Seelbach and my take on it, the Seelbeer.  This time around, we’re sticking with another bubbly classic, the French 75. Continue reading “Better Know a Classic: French 75”

Latkes and Libations


Gimel-let

2 oz vodka
1/2 Dry Vermouth
1/4 oz Calvados
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Few dashes Orange Bitters

Combine ingredients in a glass with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon peel Star of David.


We’re looking down the barrel of the holiday season, so why not keep things festive.  This week I wanted try and come up with a drink to celebrate Hanukkah.  One option was to pull inspiration from the menorah and candles, but Homer already made the best cocktail to incorporate fire.  Instead, I turned to the dinner table, where you will always find a plate of crispy latkes. Continue reading “Latkes and Libations”

Better Know a Classic: Bee’s Knees


Bee’s Knees

2 oz Gin <Boodles>
3/4 oz Honey Syrup*
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients and shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.  You can also change the amount of honey syrup and lemon to fit your palate.  Taken from Dale DeGroff’s The Craft of the Cocktail.


There are some classics that have quite the reputation, even to those not deeply entrenched in the cocktail world.  Your Manhattans, your Martinis, your Daquiris, and so on.  Then there are classics you discover when you get your first proper cocktail book, or when you go to a bar that has a whole portion of their menu devoted to Prohibition Era drinks (or even before) .  The Bee’s Knees falls into this camp. Continue reading “Better Know a Classic: Bee’s Knees”

Chalk Talk


Set the Edge

1 1/4 oz Reposado Tequila <Espolon>
3/4 oz Pimm’s No. 1
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Few dashes celery bitters <Fee Bros.>

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail.  Garnish with lemon spiral.


One of the things I enjoy most about looking through my journal of recipes is determining what season I came up with a drink based on the name.  Sure, seasonal ingredients are an obvious clue, but sometimes there are two or three drinks on the page that all share a common naming theme.  Recently I came across three drinks that I clearly came up with a few autumns ago, because they all had football related names.  Since we’re heading into Week 4 of the NFL season, I figured now is the perfect time to write about one.

Continue reading “Chalk Talk”

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