January’s Mixology Monday taught us the beauty in simplicity with Highballs, two part drinks of spirit and mixer. These drinks are perfect for the low energy times when you just need to get things done. But for February, maybe we should find the energy for a three part drink (or more)? And with cold season upon us, how about some vitamin C from some fresh citrus? Perhaps I should explain by introducing our hosts for MxMo this month, Andrea of Ginhound blog.
This month’s theme slated for February 17th is one that will get that Boston or Cobbler Shaker a bit of a work out given the theme of “Sours.” Please read Andrea’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
Some of the most iconic cocktails are Sours… There is a reason for this: A perfectly balanced sour is a work of art. What has happened to the Margarita shows exactly what is at stake when mixes replace bartender skill. For this month’s MxMo I suggest that we test the sour to the limit: Are there citrus besides lemon, lime and grapefruit that works in a Sour? Is citrus the only possible souring ingredient? Could vinegar or other tart fruits or vegetables be used? Let’s also include the Daisies and the Fizzes – that widens the playing field with eggs and whatever makes you fizz to play with. Let’s play with the garnish – or just take Jerry Thomas’s advice from The Bon Vivant’s Companion: In mixing sours be careful and put the lemon skin in the glass.
Spirit, citrus, and sugar? Or perhaps swap out the sugar or sugar syrup for a fancy liqueur or flavored syrup? Definitely so many options given the citrus and sweeteners out there. Yuzu or Ugli Fruit? Whoa. A dank jaggery or a five-spiced syrup? Nice. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe that somehow fits the definition of a Sour, Daisy, or Fizz, and then post the recipe, including 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 Ginhound sites. Once the roundup post is put up, updating your post to include a link to that one as well would be appreciated.
- Submit a link to the announcement post on Ginhound, or send an email to andreadoria56 (at) gmail (dot) com with Mixology Monday in the subject. Do all this before midnight, Monday night the 17th of February.
That gives everyone about two weeks to start shopping in local ethnic markets to see what tart fruits lurk. Perhaps there are things other than citrus such as tamarind or even vinegar? And while you’re at it, look around for some cool spices or other flavorants for the syrup. I’m definitely quite curious to see the range of submissions for this one even if the subject seems so basic and narrow at first glance.