With February and March’s themes based off of highly esteemed drinks such as the Martini and Old Fashioned, respectively, maybe we need to see the cocktail world in another light. Perhaps some of us were lucky to have had our first mixed drinks as well-made Manhattans or Chartreuse Swizzles, but most of us started elsewhere whether in high school basements, sketchy dance club bars, or college bars, dorms, and frat parties. And perhaps you look back on some of those with nostalgia, like the Mind Eraser at a certain dance club for me, but would be too ashamed to request one as is. Could this be fixed? introducing our host for MxMo this month, Whitney of the Tipicular Fixin’s blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for April 20th is one that will get you rethinking those questionable nostalgic libations for the theme is “Drink of Shame.” Please read Whitney’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
So, you’re a certified, mixologist, craft-tender, bar chef, or fine spirit enthusiast…now. But, there was a time when you only ordered Long Island Iced Tea. Or, maybe you always made the Jello shots for your frat? Perhaps you’re the reason that your local had an Island Oasis machine for so long? Rye & Ginger? Vodka Seven? Someone was ordering these things. Your street cred would be ruined if you ordered or (gasp) served one now, but don’t you miss it, just a little? Wouldn’t you love to have one more Jolly Rancher? A chance to drink a mudslide without shame? We all made questionable drink choices in our past, the popular drinks from 1970 to the year 2000 were a cheap, sugary mess. Now is the time to resurrect your favourite drink from the time before modern Mixology. Give a new life to the drink… maybe you need to use fresh ingredients, or you can try elevating the spirits. Make everything from scratch or remove an offending ingredient. Do whatever you can to bring back and legitimize a drink you used to love.
- Find or create a recipe that fixes the reason you no longer drink the old version, 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 Tipicular Fixin’s sites. Once the roundup post is put up, updating your post to include a link to that one as well would be appreciated.
- Submit a link one of three ways by the end of April 20th: leave a comment on Whitney’s announcement post, write her at whit.tipicularfixins (at) gmail (dot) com with MxMo in the subject,or tweet her at @tipicularfixin with the hash tag #MxMo.
That gives us two weeks to delve back into our drinking pasts and convert that trashcan soup into a delightful punch served in an elegant vintage bowl. Or perhaps convert that soda gun monstrosity into a Collins worthy of Manhattan’s finest. I can’t wait to see what you come up with and learn more about the blogosphere’s dirty secrets of their bygone drinking days.