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
1 oz Gin [Bully Boy]
1 oz Amontillado Sherry [Lustau]
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur [Luxardo]
1/2 oz Aquavit [Linie]
Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry.
Welp, it’s one of those weeks again. Things are pretty busy around here and time is a precious commodity because Summer. So I’m dipping into my cocktail journal and pulling out a recipe to write about. This is often an enjoyable bit of potable time travel, as I’ll come across drinks I forgot about or haven’t made in quite some time.
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.
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Two for His Heels
3/4 oz Genever <Bols>
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth <Dolin>
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth <Dolin>
3/4 oz Amontillado Sherry <Lustau>
Barspoon Orgeat <Fee Bros>
Orange bitters <Regan’s>
Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry (or two).
Friday nights are usually cocktail nights in the Muddle household (and Saturday too, if I’m being completely honest…and sometimes Thurdsays…). While we sip our drinks, board games and card games often make their way to the table. A few drinks and some friendly competition make for quite an enjoyable evening.
1 1/2 oz Aquavit 3/4 oz Amontillado Sherry
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
Stir with ice, strain into chilled a cocktail glass
For Mixology Monday this month, Nick from the Booze Baron decreed unto his subjects the theme shall be dry, and not in the British sense of humor way. He gives some hints on what he means when he reminds us:
there’s an entire section of the human sensory experience that enjoys things like wines, dry sherries, dry cider, crisp pilsners, dry lambics, gin with soda not tonic and neat spirits.
A very specific challenge indeed. I decided to run with one of his suggestions and start with sherry as a jumping off point. I assure you this had nothing to do with the fact that my bar has been missing this bottle for a while, and I needed a reason to replenish the stock. Continue reading
Two to the Fifth (Plus Four Pennies)
1 1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz coffee liqueur <Galliano Ristretto>
1/4 oz bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass
For this week’s drink, I decided to go the low alcohol route. It was my birthday yesterday, and I celebrated by going back to my roots with a trip to a new brewery that opened up nearby, and then had a beer with dinner. Of course a cocktail was still in the cards, but I figured something a bit more mellow would be a nice end to the day’s festivities. While I’ve had some delicious low alcohol cocktails at bars, I rarely make them at home. This seemed like a good time for a challenge. Continue reading