Maybe we jumped the gun with August’s hot theme of “Fire!” Well, luckily none of us bloggers and tumblrers burned our houses down or spent an hour or two typing away with burned and blistered fingers. So let me explain by introducing our September Mixology Monday host, Elana of the Stir and Strain blog.
This month’s theme slated for September 23rd takes a step back from fire and focuses on the theme of “Smoke!” You can read this Mixology Monday announcement post exhaling from a robust Nat Sherman or a stale old Camel Light if you so desire, but here is a brief description:
They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire– it isn’t necessarily true if we’re down to the smoldering embers, but, well, they say it anyway. In our case, where there was fire, now there’s smoke, and it’s time to stoke your enthusiasm for the next challenge. Smoke has been everywhere this past year… For me, smoke is also a transitional element: it symbolizes the last summer bonfires, sitting around the fire pit making s’mores, and the start of the fragrant crackles from the fireplace announcing that fall is coming. For September’s theme, I’d like to see how you interpret smoke. With your liquor or ingredients? Your glassware? Will you whip out a chemistry set to transform your cocktail into ghostly vapors? Do you own a home smoker, still in the box, that’s never been used? Well then, you’re welcome. Unpack those ideas and let’s set off a couple smoke alarms this month for MxMo.
Just like last month, be very careful with making things smokey especially in regards to igniting things, especially under the influence, so please use your better judgment on this one with safety precautions for ventilation and the like. So get your Laphroaig, BBQ sauce, crack torches for cinnamon sticks, or any of the other ways to incorporate the smoke into a drink with this theme! Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe that somehow utilizes smoke or smokiness, 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 Stir and Strain 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 Stir and Strain, tweet Elana at @elanabean (include hashtag #mxmo), or send an email to elana (at) stirandstrain (dot) com with Mixology Monday in the subject. Do all this before midnight, Monday night the 23rd of September.
- Seriously, remember to put new batteries into your smoke alarm.
This gives you two whole weeks to tinker with smoke-garnished glassware, dropper bottles of liquid smoke, or shop for new drams of Islay Scotches and Oaxacan Mezcals. I am quite excited to see everything from spirits-driven posts to molecular mixology ones.