With December’s theme of Apples still wafting through the blogosphere like freshly baked pie, we should move on to January’s Mixology Monday before that pleasant aroma dissipates. And if it does decrease, will we get sad? And can we embrace that sadness? Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, Andrea of the Ginhound blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for January 26th is one that will get you considering a certain area of the cocktail rainbow for the theme is “Blue.” Please read Andrea’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
January needs a bit of color – or perhaps the month after all the holiday mania makes you feel…blue? Either way this month’s Mixology Monday is a chance to live those emotions out. You can dazzle us with a brilliant blue drink or you can share that blue feeling with a melancholic drink.
Blue has been predicted as a new cocktail trend several times in recent years… But any mixer of blue drinks is faced with a bit of a dilemma as there is nothing “natural” about E133 – the most common of blue food colors: Do I really want to mix chemicals into my prefect mixture of fresh juices and good booze? Feel free to interpret blue as freely as you wish – if natural is the way you want to go blueberries, violets, cornflower or red cabbage could be good ingredients to work with.
This theme is rather cool because it allows the Tiki-philes to break out the blue curaçao and get all funky and festive with the drinks. Moreover, the fans of garden-to-glass can break out this past summer’s blueberry shrub or syrup (or use this past season’s glory via the frozen food aisle of the supermarket as I have done in the off-season). Have a bottle of Hpnotiq and not afraid to admit it? I bet there are some tasty uses for it. Don’t feel like buying a bottle of blue spirit? Well, blue food coloring can save the day! With all those options and more, there is something for everyone to join in on the fun. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe for a cocktail that demonstrates your take on the theme of blue, 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 — either the old school original or the funky blue one Andrea designed, 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.
- Let Andrea know about your post before midnight on Monday night, January 26th (Denmark time) by posting a link to your post in the comment section on her post, emailing her at andreadoria56-at-gmail.com, or by tweeting at her via @husejer.
That gives us all two weeks to start thinking of cocktails on the short end of the visible wavelength spectrum or on the short end of joyousness. I am definitely curious to see what refreshing libations you, your curiosity, and your colorful liquor cabinet shelves can come up with!