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Mooch – cocktail tribute to a distinguished feline gentleman

Mooch cocktail blogMooch was a cat my wife and I had for many years. Shortly after he died I spent an afternoon at my home bar experimenting with various liquors in order to create a cocktail in his honor.

1.5 ounces vodka
.75 ounces Benedictine DOM
 .5 ounces Fernet Branca
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine in shaker with ice, stir with the intensity of Mooch eating almost anything, and strain into a chilled glass.

Mooch was a tuxedo cat, so initially I looked at cocktails that contained the word tuxedo in the name. The combination of Benedictine and Fernet Branca seems odd, but in my opinion they complement each other well. Like its namesake, this cocktail has a fairly sharp bite at first, then has some sweetness, and always leaves you hungry for more.

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