MxMo LXIX, January 21, 2013: Fortified Wines

With the holidays and JFL’s “Humbug!”-themed Mixology Monday behind us (save for an Orthodox Christmas or two), it’s time to peer ahead to January’s Mixology Monday hosted by Jordan Devereaux of Chemistry of the Cocktail.

This month’s theme slated for January 21th has a warming and nautical history past for it is “Fortified Wines” which he describes rather well in his announcement post. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Fortified wines began, in large part, as a way to deal with the difficulties of shipping wine long distances in the holds of sailing ships. Without the rigorous sterilization that is possible today, wines would often spoil en route. However, increasing the alcohol concentration to around 20% ABV was enough to keep them from going off… These wines held an important place in.. punch and have continued on in cocktails proper.  [These wines include] sherry, port, and, to a lesser extent, madeira and marsala, all find their way into various mixed drinks… They can play many different roles – from taking the place of vermouths in classic drinks, to providing richness and sweetness in winter tipples, to serving as a base for lighter aperitifs. Whether forgotten classics or new creations, let’s see what you can put together.

Most home bars have at least one of these ingredients; if not, decent specimens can easily and not very expensively be found.  Perhaps this event will help you expand your collection.  Briefly, here’s how to participate:

  • Find a drink recipe or create one that calls for one or more of these fortified wines. Write up the recipe and your thoughts about the drink, add a picture or two, and post it on your own blog, Tumblr, or eGullet’s Spirits and Cocktails forum. If you don’t have any other way of posting, you can also email it to Jordan.
  • Include in your post the MxMo logo and a link back to both the Mixology Monday and Chemistry of the Cocktail sites. And once the round-up is posted, a link to that summary post would be appreciated.
  • Let Jordan know about your submission, either by commenting on his announcement post (i.e.: not here on the Mixology Monday post), tweeting to @cocktailchem, or emailing it to Jordan via gmail at cocktailchem. Do all of this before midnight PST on January 21st so he can put the round-up together. Some slop will be allowed, but the sooner the better.

So get your port, sherry, and madeira bottles dusted off and ready.  Bonus if you post a recipe calling for marsala for I have not seen one yet.

2 thoughts on “MxMo LXIX, January 21, 2013: Fortified Wines

  1. They are definitely fortified, but they are less often referred to as fortified wines much less wines due to the herbal component. I didn’t pick or define the theme though, and any of the above could be used rightfully so with the theme. There was a MxMo vermouth one a while ago that covered some of that so perhaps this is trying to differentiate from that event some what.

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