How to Muddle Properly

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Muddler. You may not recognize the name but you've seen it before. It's what's used to mash up the mint and sugar in a mojito.

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The trick is to twist and smash the ingredients so that the flavors blend well. We'll be making a drink called the "Apple Of My Eye", using green apples, sugar, tequila and vodka.

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Muddlers come in all shapes and sizes. Some seem gimmicky but they all have one thing in common ...

Muddlers come in all shapes and sizes. Some seem gimmicky but they all have one thing in common ...

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The spikes, large or small, help emulsify your ingredients (in this case apple). Using something gritty, like sugar, helps break it down even further.

The spikes, large or small, help emulsify your ingredients (in this case apple). Using something gritty, like sugar, helps break it down even further.

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Now it's time to work. Get all your ingredients together. Try not to dip into the tequila or vodka before you start wielding the knife.

Now it's time to work. Get all your ingredients together. Try not to dip into the tequila or vodka before you start wielding the knife.

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Cut up the green apple into small cubes. One wedge will do. If you have time, remove the skin. I'm just lazy.

Cut up the green apple into small cubes. One wedge will do. If you have time, remove the skin. I'm just lazy.

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Get a small glass for this. I'm using a rocks glass. Add the sugar. This will help break up the apple, giving the paste a lovely sweet tone. You can add less sugar if you prefer. 1 to 2 teaspoons.

Get a small glass for this. I'm using a rocks glass. Add the sugar. This will help break up the apple, giving the paste a lovely sweet tone. You can add less sugar if you prefer. 1 to 2 teaspoons.

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Now it's time. You need to push the muddler into the glass, ending in a twisting motion. Then lift the muddler slightly and start again. Aim for the bits that remain solid to help create the paste.

Now it's time. You need to push the muddler into the glass, ending in a twisting motion. Then lift the muddler slightly and start again. Aim for the bits that remain solid to help create the paste.

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Add a 1/2 oz of vodka. You can use the Absolut Orient Apple to help compliment the apple paste. Any vodka will do.

Add a 1/2 oz of vodka. You can use the Absolut Orient Apple to help compliment the apple paste. Any vodka will do.

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Now add the ounce of tequila. This adds a punch.

Now add the ounce of tequila. This adds a punch.

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Drop in some crushed ice.

Drop in some crushed ice.

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You can't see it but I'm pouring in the soda. Just a little bit will do.

You can't see it but I'm pouring in the soda. Just a little bit will do.

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Mix it all up and enjoy. The best part is when you get little bits of apple as you take a swig.

Mix it all up and enjoy. The best part is when you get little bits of apple as you take a swig.

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