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.

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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

Cinco de Mayo B-Side


Barrio

2 oz Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz light agave syrup
Few dashes Celery Bitters (any non-citrusy bittters would work here)
Few dashes hot sauce

Shake with ice, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime peel


Cinco de Mayo.  That wonderful holiday celebrating…well, uh…I honestly have no idea. It certainly gives St. Patrick’s day a run for its money when it comes to holidays appropriated by Americans for the purposes of drinking.  At least I have a vague idea of what St. Patrick’s day is about.  I wanna say it’s something about driving rodents out of a town in Ireland. Or was it snakes?  Maybe I’m confusing it with Whacking Day.  Anyway, I don’t know what Cinco de Mayo is really about, but that doesn’t mean I won’t eat some tacos and drink some tequila.
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Boozy Bouquet


Horticulture Club

2 oz White Whiskey <Bully Boy>
1/2 oz Montenegro
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz Creme de Violette

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


The other night I decided to take a different approach to the flavor profiles in my drink.  Normally I lean towards the boozier, slightly bitter side of the spectrum.  To switch things up, I looked through my bar for liqueurs with a more floral personality. Creme de Violette was an obvious place to start.  The aromas in this bottle make you feel like you’ve walked into a flower shop.  A friend recently lent me some, and I’ve only put it to use in Aviations so far.  This was the perfect opportunity to see how it gets along with other bottles.  Plus, the news that Prince had passed just broke, so I figured the purple liqueur would be a nice mini-tribute.
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Rinse and Repeat


Chunnel

3/4 oz Gin <Wire Works>
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 barspoon Absinthe for rinsing

Rinse empty cocktail glass with absinthe. Combine rest of ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist


Recently I restocked my bar with a bottle of Grand Marnier.  It’s been quite some time since it last sat amongst the other liqueurs, so I’ve been going back through my recipes to see how I utilized it in the past.  The Chunnel spoke to me this week for a few reasons.

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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.
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Life is like a Bottle of Chocolate


Marge’s Bowling Ball

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz dark Creme de Cacao
1/4 oz Cointreau
Few dashes Fee Bros Chocolate bitters

Stir with ice, strain into empty rocks glass


After a year or two of building our home bar, we had a wide variety of bottles to choose from.  We were able to make a nice range of interesting cocktails on any given night.  However, every now and then Mrs. Muddle would drop subtle hints that we should add some chocolate liqueur or creme de cacao to the mix.  Not surprising, since she has the bigger sweet tooth in the house.  After a few trips to the liquor store which resulted in nary a chocolate liqueur, the requests came more frequently.  Conveniently by this point, Valentine’s Day was right around the corner.

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