With Halloween and October’s spooky theme behind us, it’s time to look ahead to November. Instead of something scary, how about techniques that make drinks more inviting? Well, not necessarily garnishes, but ways of using cocktail ingredients other than just throwing them in the Yarai mixing glass or Boston shaker. Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, Shaun and Christa of the BoozeNerds blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for November 16th is one that will get you thinking about ways of using ingredients outside of the mixing glass through foams, rinses, floats, and sinks. Please read Shaun and Christa’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
Now that we’re into the cold weather, it’s a good time to be bringing out the richer, stronger ingredients for use in cocktails. How to use them in good proportion though, where they speak up but don’t overwhelm? Well, one way is to include them in smaller amounts, perhaps slightly offset from the other ingredients in one way or another. They can introduce themselves at the start or the end of the drink, or shepherd the other components into a cohesive whole, depending on how they are used. Which brings us to this month’s theme: standoffish! We’re looking for cocktails that use at least one non-garnish ingredient that is not stirred or shaken with the others. Rinses, floats, foams? Sure! Mists? Why not? We welcome whatever your creative geniuses can come up with.
A rinse like in a Sazerac, a float that appears in a Fog Cutter, a foam such as an egg white meringue? A mist? Well, I’ll let you get creative with that one. Missing from that list is a sink like in the elegant 1970s number, the Tequila Sunrise, and I am sure that there are others that can classify like ingredients trapped in ice cubes or that add themselves over time like a Chinese water torture device. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or concoct a recipe that utilizes a standoffish ingredient that makes a big difference to how the drink tastes, 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 BoozeNerds sites. Once the roundup post is put up, updating your post to include a link to that one as well would be appreciated.
- Let Shaun and Christa know about your post by Monday night right before the stroke of midnight, November 16th by posting a link to your post on their announcement post or Tweeting at them via @boozenerds.
That gives us all about 2 weeks to figure out how to incorporate bitters into a foam or add rich tropical flavors that seep out of an iceberg. Maybe some of you will figure out how to hook up a smoker machine to alter the flavors in inventive ways. Quite curious to see what your collective genius minds can concoct!