February brought us to reflect on one of the classic cocktails, the Martini. If made properly with a dash of bitters, it has all of the hallmarks of the simple cocktail — spirit, sweetener (dry vermouth does have 4% sugar), and bitters. What if we were to take things back even further with the concept of the concept? What if we contemplated a time before vermouths were regularly mixed into cocktails? Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, Laura of the Sass and Gin blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for March 16th is one that will get you considering the basics for the theme is “Call Me Old Fashioned!” Please read Laura’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
- Find or create a recipe for a cocktail that is Old Fashioned in form, 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 Sass and Gin sites. Once the roundup post is put up, updating your post to include a link to that one as well would be appreciated.
- Let Laura know about your post by Monday night, March 16th by posting a link to your post in the comment section on her post or by tweeting at her via @sassandgin with the hashtag #MxMo.
That gives you about two weeks to start contemplating the 1806 definition of the Old Fashioned and adjust accordingly to modern sensibilities or to screw it all and feel turn of the 19th century. I can’t wait to see what basic but elegant libations the blogosphere can conjure up!