Now that January’s theme of Brace Yourself (Winter is Coming) has come to fruition, both in the drink recap and in the fact that I can hear people shoveling snow as I am writing this, it is time to move on to February. It’s hard to escape the realities of bringing your work shoes with you to change out of your snow boots and scraping ice off your car windows, but perhaps there is a way to flee? Something college kids have been doing for years without any drink elegance, but there is a way we can change that. Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, Joel DiPippa of the Southern Ash blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for February 22nd is one that will get you thinking about ways of breaking out of your igloo and your winter drink ruts. No, it’s time to put down the vintage Tom & Jerry set for a moment, and look to warmer weather libations. Please read Joel’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
As we look past the frost in the air for the arrival of spring, I wanted to challenge you with the theme of Spring Break!.. The best part of Spring Break is that it means so many things to so many different people, so I have some high expectations this month. Yes, tiki-heads, I am looking at you. I want all of you to dig deep, steeled by last month’s MxMO, and find your spring break drink! What sort of drinks do you enjoy when you start to break out of your winter shell? Do you crave a return to gin and tonics? Is there a drink that calls to you as the weather warms and the sun creeps through the sky longer and longer? Perhaps there is a drink that you fondly recall from your days of being a callow youth on Spring Break that led you down this primrose cocktail path?.. This is the month to to share those warm weather finds!
What means Spring to you? Is it the return of fresh garden herbs? Lots of crushed ice? Blender drinks? Patio drinking? Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe that helps you escape on Spring Break. Next, 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 either the MxMo logo in your post, plus links back to the Mixology Monday and Southern Ash 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 one of two ways by the end of February 22nd: leave a comment on Joel’s announcement post or tweet him at @southernashblog with hashtag #MxMo.
That gives us all 2 weeks to book our tickets for this drink vacation and come back writing about it! I look forward to all of the crazy proto-Summer recipes and photos. Just remember to add a fine straining step to remove any and all beach sand!