March came in like a lion and out like a lamb with its “From Crass to Craft” theme, and it is time to look ahead to April’s Mixology Monday hosted by Rowen of the Fogged In Lounge blog.
This month’s theme slated for April 22nd is quite appropriate for the Spring season that is now upon us (unless you are in the Southern hemisphere that is, in which case, there are plenty of Autumn vegetables coming to harvest, or in the Tropics where seasons do not matter much), for it is “Drink Your Vegetables” which Rowen describes rather well in his announcement post. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Want to get more vegetables but you’re always eating on the run?… Well then, how about a vegetable cocktail? No, not that nice little glass of red stuff Grandma put at each place setting—we’re talking something with a kick in it. You can definitely start with the little glass of red stuff and expand it to a Red Snapper-style drink like a Bloody Mary. Or how about a cucumber-scented cooler like a Pimm’s Cup, or maybe a cocktail featuring a vegetable-based ingredient like Cardamaro or celery bitters? Maybe you’ve been wondering if you can get more mileage out of that juice extractor before consigning it to the garage sale. However you get them in that glass, be prepared for the most fun with vegetables ever.
So it’s time to start perusing the farmer’s markets and supermarket shelves to look for inspiration. Remember that vegetables can not only be juiced but they make fine syrups and infusions as well. Feeling lazy? Besides the vegetable-containing liqueurs, bitters, and bottled juices mentioned above, many vegetables can be quickly muddled to donate their flavor. Plenty of ways to play with this theme! Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find a drink or create one featuring one or more vegetable-based ingredients in some form. Make the drink and post a photo, the recipe, and your tasting notes and commentary to your blog, website, or Tumblr. If you lack one of those, use eGullet’s Spirits and Cocktails forum; you can also email it to our host at foggedinlounge (at) gmail (dot) com.
- Include in your post the MxMo logo and a link back to both the Mixology Monday and Fogged In Lounge sites. Once the roundup post is put up, updating your post to include a link to that one as well would be appreciated.
- Let Rowen know about your post before 11:59pm PDT on Monday, April 22 by posting a link to your post in the comment section on his announcement post or by shooting him an email at foggedinlounge (at) gmail (dot) com.
This gives you two weeks to see what is coming to market or what is in the freezer section of the store. Or perhaps what is already in your liquor shelves or in syrup collection in your fridge. And let the inspiration meet your mixing tin!