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Bitter Smoke


Strongly Worded Letter

1 oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
1 oz Amaro CioCiaro
1/2 oz Dry Curacao [Pierre Ferrand]
1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry [Bodega Lustau]

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with lemon twist.


Well, it’s been a few weeks since Amaro Week ended, so I think I’m ready to get back to the bitter stuff.  I used this event as an excuse to by a bottle of Amaro I had my eye on for a while, Amaro CioCiaro.  When I got Brad Thomas Parson’s Amaro book last year, I immediately tagged this bottle.  He described it as mildly bitter, with a strong bitter orange flavor prevailing and some warm caramel undertones.  I was sold (also, that label!). Continue reading “Bitter Smoke”

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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”

Winter Citrus is the Best Citrus


Mexican Sleepover

3/4 oz Mezcal [Del Maguey Vida]
3/4 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
3/4 oz Grapefruite Juice
Few dashes Hopped Grapefruit Bitters [Bittermens]

Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.


It’s winter, which means citrus season.  And while lemons and limes are essentially year round items for us, we definitely go all in on oranges and grapefruits during the colder months.  I love grapefruits on their own.  In fact, I’ll often just peel and eat them just like an orange (a move I learned from my dad) instead of the more traditional cut-in-half-eat-with-spoon method. So obviously I’ll take full advantage and throw them in some cocktails. Continue reading “Winter Citrus is the Best Citrus”

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”

Mixology Monday CXII – Playing Cocktail DJ


Maxi’s Ward

1 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
3/4 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Mezcal <Del Maguey Vida>
1/2 oz Grenadine
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Punt E Mes

Shale with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass


Hey everyone, it’s Mixology Monday time!  Doing the honors this month is the MxMo mxmologoGrand Puba himself, Frederic Yarm.  The theme he chose is Mashups, and you can read the full announcement post here.  At the heart of it, according to Frederic, mashups are what happens when”you fuse two cocktails often (but not always) with overlapping ingredients.”

Continue reading “Mixology Monday CXII – Playing Cocktail DJ”

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”

Mezcal: Tequila’s Mysterious Cousin


Curtain of Distraction

1 1/4 oz Mezcal <Sacrificio>
1 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Coffee Liqueur <Galliano Ristretto>
1/2 oz lemon juice

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


There are a few guarantees in life: seasons change, you pay your taxes, and if there is a mezcal drink on the menu, Mrs. Muddle will order it.  Ever since she discovered the”other” agave based spirit, she can not resist its powers.

Tequila and mezcal are distilled from the agave plant, but they have very different flavor profiles.  Tequila tends to be more vegetal and bright, while mezcal has a strong smokiness supported by earthy flavors.  Fans of Islay single malts and rich, woody bourbons will have no trouble making friends with this spirit.
Continue reading “Mezcal: Tequila’s Mysterious Cousin”

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