MxMo LXX, February 18, 2013: Inverted

Now that January’s tribute to port, sherry, maderia, and other fortified wines has heartily been imbibed, it’s time to look to February’s Mixology Monday hosted by Stewart Putney of Putney Farm.

This month’s theme slated for February 18th is a quirky one in an exciting and cool way, for it is “Inverted” which he describes rather well in his announcement post. Here’s a brief excerpt:

A while ago, while researching Julia Child’s recipes, we noticed that she was well-known for enjoying “upside-down” or “inverted” Martinis. This is a version of the classic cocktail that swaps the ratios of gin and vermouth, turning the Martini into something of a “long drink”… We wondered if we could apply the same “inverted” approach to Mixology Monday and, at first, didn’t think it would work. But then we asked ourselves, what does “inverted” really mean? Well, here is the definition, “To turn inside out or upside down; to reverse the position, order, or condition of.” Hmm…it appears that the definition is pretty broad. It seems that “inverted” really just means something “flipped on its head”. And that can mean almost anything, and leaves plenty of room for creativity… You can invert the ratios of spirits, liqueurs or bitters in a cocktail, but we suggest you go beyond that and “invert” whatever you want. Spirits, name, ingredients, proof, color, geography, garnish and glassware are all fair game.  An apéritif made with Navy-Strength booze? Give it a try. A beer-based cocktail that tastes like champagne? Sure. A clear Manhattan? Worth a shot (and good luck with that). The only thing we expect is the unexpected. Have fun.

So it’s time to put on your thinking caps and have some fun with this theme. For the less creative, many of the 19th century drinks already inverted the spirit and vermouth from the way they are served now; perhaps make both and compare? Also, many inventive bartenders have crafted fine recipes fitting this theme in the last few years. Briefly, here’s how to participate:

  1. Find a drink recipe or create one that “inverts” the ingredients or other elements of the cocktail. 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 Stewart at stewartbputney (at) gmail (dot) com.
  2. Include in your post the MxMo logo and a link back to both the Mixology Monday and Putney Farm sites. And once the round-up is posted, a link to that summary post would be most appreciated.
  3. Get your submission in by February 18th. Any time of day is fine and stragglers are always welcome. To submit, post a comment in Putney Farm’s announcement page or write him at stewartbputney (at) gmail (dot) com.

So get a speed pour on that Angostura Bitters bottle, start eying non-rum bottles to make Tiki drinks, figure out how to magnetize your drink (or use a rotor) to serve it upside down, or just go heavy handed on the aromatized wines. So many options, so little time two weeks of time!

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