April’s “Drink Your Vegetables” theme was a great harbinger of rebirth and got us thinking about what was at the farm stand, and May’s Mixology Monday theme, hosted by Mark Holmes of the Cardiff Cocktails tumblr, will keep true to that.
This month’s theme slated for May 20nd continues on with the Spring season in a more herbal sense, and if you are in the Southern hemisphere or the Tropics, do not fear for this theme will work for you, for it is “Witches’ Garden” which Mark describes rather well in his announcement post. Here’s a brief excerpt:
As far back as we can look, the use of fresh herbs have been prevalent in the world of mixed drinks. From the early days of the julep, through Williams Terrington’s 19th century Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, to Don the Beachcomber’s ahead of their time Tiki drinks, fresh herbs have always been at the forefront of mixology. So lets take influence from the bartenders that once ruled the world of mixology, raid your herb garden that too often gets neglected, and start mixing. I don’t want to put too many limits on this theme so get as creative as you please, want to use roots, spices or beans as well? Sure thing. Want to make your own herbal infusions or tinctures? Sounds wonderful.
Want to go simple with common herbs like basil, go exotic via an ethnic supermarket and get something intriguing like curry leaves, or go with something 19th century like woodruff, the choice is yours. Perhaps getting a copy of The Drunken Botanist might help for inspiration, but there are plenty of recipes that have been created throughout the years and that have yet to be created. Regardless, briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a cocktail recipe which calls for the use of fresh herbs, barks, roots, or beans. Write up the recipe and your thoughts about the drink and the theme in general, add a photo or two, and post it on your own blog, Tumblr, or eGullet’s Spirits and Cocktails forum.
- Include in your post the MxMo logo as well as links to the Mixology Monday and to Cardiff Cocktails.
- Finally, Tell Mark about your MxMo entry in a few ways. These include commenting on his post by clicking here (note: this is a WordPress that he set up in parallel to his tumblr where the announcement is), emailing him at holmeandpub(at)hotmail.co.uk, or tweeting him at @markholmes16. Try to get the entries in before the clock strikes midnight on Monday night, May the 20th.
So time to get a basket and go harvesting in the woods, in the garden, or at the market, for there is a bounty of inspiration and ingredients out there. If you are wild harvesting, please be sure of the identity of what you are sourcing. Borage Juleps or Sage Smashes? I look forward to what us bloggers can conjure up! Also, if you want to host an upcoming Mixology Monday, find out the details here and contact me. Cheers!