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Ease into the Nightcap


Governing Body

1 1/2 oz Rock and Rye [New York Distilling Company]
1/2 oz House Strawberry Basil Black Peppercorn Shrub
1/2 oz Zucca
1/2 oz Punt e Mes

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.


A few months ago we had some friends over for game night (and cocktails of course). As the night was winding down, one of my friends wanted one more drink, but something on the low ABV side of things. Normally I’m a stiff, boozy nightcap kind of guy, so I was excited to get out of my comfort zone and focus on the other side of the spectrum.

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An Apple a Day


In-House Counsel

1 1/2 oz Apple Brandy [Short Path Distillery]
1/2 oz Suze
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz St. Germain [St. Elder]
Few dashes Fancy Tony’s barrel aged citrus bitters

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


A while back while surfing instagram, I tagged a drink called the Kirkwood from Miguel’s @migsology feed (who in turn got it from Nic @ntitz).  Anyway, it was an interesting combo of Rye, Punt e Mes, Cynar, and St. Germain.  Since I didn’t have any Cynar at the time, I broke it down into its parts (base, fortified wine, amaro, sweet liquer) and then built it back up. Continue reading “An Apple a Day”

Everybody Plays the Fool


Jester’s Dead

2 oz Old Tom Gin [Hayman’s]
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Suze
1/4 oz Zucca
Few dashes Black Cloud Bitters Garden Party Bitters

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


You guys, if you don’t have the Death and Co. book, you need to remedy that right now.   There is so much inspiration in these pages it’s almost too good to be true.  I could probably make it a few months of drinking nothing but these recipes and be a happy camper.  There are so many delicious looking recipes sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever make it through them all. On top of that, every recipe is a little ball of inspiration, so the possibilities are truly endless. Continue reading “Everybody Plays the Fool”

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”

Flip or Treat


Satan’s Stubble

3/4 oz Gin <Bully Boy>
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/4 oz Orange Juice
Few Dashes of hot sauce
Egg white

Add ingredients to an empty shaker, shake vigorously to combine.  Add ice, shake again, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


I wasn’t planning on doing a Halloween themed drink, but after seeing some cool ones other people put out there, I guess I got inspired.  These drinks usually fall into one of two camps.  On one hand you have your dry ice and gory garnishes, and on the other there is the surprisingly large amount of classics that have Halloweenish names.  I took the latter approach and used the Satan’s Whiskers as a starting point. Continue reading “Flip or Treat”

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.”

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This Ain’t No Disco


The Big Suit

2 oz Apple Brandy <Calvados Morin Selection*>
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur <Luxardo>
Chocolate Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into an empty rocks glass.


In my opinion, the topic of best live concert film ever is basically a two horse race.  For shear star power, The Band’s The Last Waltz is mindblowing. Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Bob Dylan…and that’s barely half of all the cameos.  The show depicts The Band’s last concert, and they use their musician pals not just to re-imagine their own hits, but also play backup on a number of covers with the original artists as well. And from a purely musical and performance standpoint, we have The Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense.  Stitched together from performances across three nights, this is peak Talking Heads.  The show slowly builds from their early art-pop-punk songs to the  groove-oriented prog-funk arrangements (thanks to some help from Bernie Worrell) of the Remain in the Light era.  At this point you’re probably wondering what this has to do with cocktails.  Don’t worry, I’ll get there.

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The Tone of a Drink


Brown Sound

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
3/4 oz Benedictine
3/4 oz Punt e Mes

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.


 

I remember when I first got into cocktails, I’d see Benedictine in various drinks around the city.  For a while, I wasn’t entirely clear on exactly what it was, but I knew I liked it.  Smart money said if it was on the menu, I was getting that drink.  Research didn’t provide any hints as to why I was so drawn to it, as the recipe is a closely guarded secret purportedly only known by three people at any given time.  Nevertheless, the brown base and heady mix of plants and spices enamored me so that it wasn’t long before I came home with a bottle of my own.  It’s been a home bar staple ever since.

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Rock and Roll Libation


The Thamesmen

2 oz Genever <Bols>
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
Few dashes Fee Bros Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktial glass. Garnish with orange twist.


This passed weekend I stumbled upon Spinal Tap on TV.  I came in on the scene of them going over reviews of their earlier albums, which is pretty close to the beginning.  Next thing I know, they’re going on their reunion tour in Japan and the movie is over.  It was even on a channel with commercials, which is a testament to how much of a classic it really is. Continue reading “Rock and Roll Libation”

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