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Location Location Location


The Great Room

3/4 oz White Rum [Smoky Quartz Distillery]
3/4 oz Bourbon [Woodford Reserve]
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lime Juice
Few Dashes Angostura bitters

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


Two weekends ago I was at my friend’s house in New Hampshire.  These are always enjoyable trips, with lots of friends and friends of friends hanging out in an idyllic setting. On the way up we stopped at a NH state liquor store.  For those that don’t know, NH has these state run liquor stores that are the size of grocery stores.  since this is the “Live Free or Die” state, there are no taxes on anything which means some pretty good prices.  I walked out with a bottle of white rum from Smoky Quartz Distillery. Continue reading “Location Location Location”

Valentine’s Day, Straight from the Bunny’s Mouth


Unisphere

3/4 oz Ligth Rum [Boston Harbor Distilling Lawley’s Light]
3/4 oz Dark Rum [Plantation Original Dark]
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 Grenadine [Powell & Mahoney]
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Pernod [I used Absinthe]

Combine all ingredients, shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime heart.

Adapted from Playboy’s Host & Bar Book by Thomas Mario


I knew I wanted to do a drink for Valentine’s Day, but I wasn’t sure what angle to take.  Last year I did the whole chocolate (read: creme de cacao) thing, so that was out.  Then a friend lent me his copy of Playboy’s Host & Bar Book.  As I flipped through the pages, I realized this was the perfect thing for a holiday tangentially related to love, with a healthy dose of sex thrown in. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day, Straight from the Bunny’s Mouth”

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”

A Scotsman Walks into a Tiki Bar…


Sticky Kilt

1 1/2 oz White Rum <Lawley’s Light New England Spirti>
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Combine in a shaker and shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass


When I was younger we spent some holidays at my aunt and uncle’s house.  They lived in a split level, so the family room was on the lower level.  That’s where the tv was, so I spent plenty of hours down there.  Three things are imprinted on my brain from all that time.  1) My uncle had 6 or 7 cacti near the sliding glass door to the backyard.  One was the size of a basketball 2) The walls were this weird grayish textured wood paneling. 3) There was a trap door in a section of those panels that opened up and turned into a shelf suspended by chains.  Behind it was a compartment that contained a bunch of bottles, basically a semi-hidden bar (even though I didn’t see many drinks made there).  The only bottle I remember from their bar was Drambuie.  I have no idea why.

Continue reading “A Scotsman Walks into a Tiki Bar…”

Collins Family Jewels


Ruby Collins

1 oz Gin <Short Path>
1 oz Campari
1 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
~4 oz Grapefruit Soda <Izzy>

Combine everything except the soda in a shaker with ice.  Shake, strain into an ice filled Collins glass, and top with grapefruit soda. Give a quick stir to combine.  Garnish with lime wedge


Hot weather continues to be the theme of late here in Boston, so refreshment is of utmost importance.  That means ice.  That means fizz.  That means citrus.  Sounds like a Tom Collins to me.  This old standard combines gin, lemon, sugar and club soda to combat the scorchiest of heat waves.  As delicious as it is, sometimes I want just a little more kick in my drinks.  Luckily, the Tom Collins is as good a template for exploration as it is a thirst quencher. Continue reading “Collins Family Jewels”

Olfactory Hues


On the Nose

2 oz Gin <Short Path>
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Lime Juice

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


It’s been upwards of 90 degrees here in Boston of late, so this week I wanted something light and refreshing.  I grabbed my journal and thumbed through the pages, looking for only drinks on the rocks.  This made me realize two things.  1) I should start using symbols to show how drinks are served (Mr. Boston does this wonderfully, with a little picture of the glass type next to each drink).  2) Apparently I really like up drinks (Is it too late for a retroactive New Year’s resolution to make more drinks on the rocks?).  Despite the lack of distribution in my recipes, I managed to find a suitable warm weather tipple.

Continue reading “Olfactory Hues”

Money Well Spent


Bowcaster

1 oz Dark Rum 1 oz Light Rum <Lawley’s New England Spirit (Boston Harbor Distillery)>
3/4 oz Pineapple juice
1/2 oz Falernum
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Lime juice

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Add a few heavy dashes of Angostura bitters on top, and garnish with a mint sprig and add a straw.


As you probably know by now, I love finding funky vintage glassware.  It’s hard for me to walk by a Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other stores of that ilk without popping in to see what steals I can find under two bucks.  My arsenal of coupes and rock glasses has grown in the last few years, but recently I realized there is a gaping hole in my collection…tiki mugs.   Continue reading “Money Well Spent”

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”

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