With December’s theme of Forgiving Cocktails, perhaps instead of asking for mercy, we should toughen up! Well, that wasn’t really what December’s theme was actually about, but January’s weather can often torture many of us in the Northern hemisphere past the Mason-Dixon line. Even those in the South might not feel at ease in skimpy swimsuits given the weather. Those in Brazil and the rest of the Southern hemisphere do get a bye on the idea, but hopefully their imaginations are in action! Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, the good Doctor of the Doc Elliot’s Mixology blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for January 25th is one that will get you thinking about drinks to make the Winter months more bearable. Please read the Doc’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
Now that the holidays are behind us, we get to deal with the rest of winter… that magnificent season of grey skies, blustery winds, freezing sleet and blowing snow. January is Mixology Monday CV and we’re definitely talking cocktails. Winter usually evokes scenes of roaring fires with glasses or mugs filled with warming liquid fortifying us against the cold and damp. Winter provides the shared universal experience that spans language, geography and the centuries – that moment just before you step out into the cold; to walk to the bus stop, hit the ski slope, shovel the snow or feed the livestock. So what adult beverages can best prepare the body and steel the will for that moment when we go forth into Winter?
What a great idea given the ice patches that make walking and driving a headache as well as the shoveling that makes for a good backache. True, it does span language and the centuries, but geographies where it is warm will have to either use their imagination and memories or mock us with tropical libations. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or concoct a recipe that gives you the resolve to head out into the cold, 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 Doc Elliot’s Mixology 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 Doctor know about your post by Monday night, January 25th by posting a link to your post on his announcement post or Tweeting at him via @docscocktails with a #MxMo hashtag.
That gives us all two weeks to fire up the tea kettles, mull spices into spirits, and double shake eggs into frothy delights. Want to think Caribbean or Tiki but keep it seasonal, what about a Hot Swizzle or a Hot Zombie? Or perhaps go out shopping for a few vintage Tom & Jerry mugs to break in for this event. Coffee cocktails? Wassails? Double Old Fashioneds filled with 3 fingers of whiskey?I am rather curious to see what your collective genius minds can concoct!