With October’s theme of Perfect Symmetry still lingering as we eagerly await the wrap-up, there is little time to waste to get the next Mixology Monday rolling before Thanksgiving disrupts the cocktail blogosphere. And disruption is something we can do without, such as when drinking stiff drinks begins to take its toll. But does imbibing have to lead to that? Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, Dinah of the bibulo.us blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for November 17th is one that will get you considering the lighter side of cocktails for the theme is “Shims.” Please read Dinah’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
This month’s topic is near and dear to our hearts as it is our favorite type of lower-proof cocktails: shims! These drinks contain no more than half an ounce of strong spirits (i.e. those containing 40% ABV or above). Heavy-hitters are fun to drink, sure, but it’s way too easy to over-consume and under-enjoy when you’re playing hardball. Let’s stretch out our evenings and get to sample a bigger variety by lowering the proof without lowering our standards. Shims don’t require giving up on flavor, complexity, or—interestingly enough—even your favorite ingredients. Get a new understanding of your favorite high-proof spirit by using just a half or quarter ounce of it along with a milder leading player. Or take a low-proof character actor that usually supplements the main show and see if it can take the lead… By their nature, lower alcohol drinks, especially those using wine-based main ingredients, are great choices for food pairings. If you’ve got the perfect accompaniment for your chosen cocktail, please share that with us too!
This theme and host pairing excites me for two reasons. First, Dinah was the host for the second Mixology Monday that I participated in back September 2008 for MxMo 31. Second, Dinah crossed over last year from blogger to professional author with the release of her book on this MxMo’s theme, namely The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level (Amazon link). Getting that book could be a start to approaching that theme, but looking to your aromatized wine, sherry, and madeira shelf could be a start. Or perhaps inverting a booze-forward classic into a lighter libation? Champagne cocktails? Oh my! With all those options and more, there is something for everyone to join in on the fun. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe for a cocktail that uses no more than half an ounce of strong spirits (i.e. those containing 40% ABV or above), then post the recipe, and include a photo and your remarks, on your blog, tumblr, or website. If you lack one of those, feel free to post on eGullet’s Spirits and Cocktails forum.
- Include the MxMo logo in your post, plus links back to the Mixology Monday and bibulo.us sites. Once the roundup post is put up, updating your post to include a link to that one as well would be appreciated.
- Let the Dinah know about your post before midnight on Monday night, November 17th (with late submissions apparently welcome) by posting a link to your post in the comment section on her post or by tweeting at her via @bibulous.
That gives us all two weeks to start thinking of lighter ABV cocktails to try, and with the lower octane involved, feel free to tinker a bit more than usual to get things right. I am definitely curious to see what refreshing libations you and your curiosity can come up with!