With the monumental 100th Mixology Monday out of the way and with me back from Camp Runamok, it’s time to turn our attention to the next 100 events, or at least to the 101st event. One crucial element of cocktails is the citrus fruit. Even in straight spirits drinks, citrus appears in gins, vermouths, bitters, triple secs, and amari. In juice form, there are a lot of lemon and lime drinks and a decent number of grapefruit ones. However, what about the orange? How many drinks past the Blood & Sand, the Monkey Gland, or Fog Cutter can you think of much less enjoyed? Orange juice tends to be difficult to work with and smooths over other flavors a bit too much, but winner recipes are definitely out there as I have put them on menus and made those recipes at home. Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, DJ Hawaiian Shirt of the Spirited Remix blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for September 21st is one that will make you look at Florida’s state fruit and beverage a little closer. Please read DJ’s announcement post, but here is a brief description:
It really irritates me when people dismiss an ingredient. Whether it’s too ordinary, or difficult, or inconsistent, or overpowering, I can’t help but feel such conclusions are lazy and defeatist. Your theme this month is “Orange Juice,” an ingredient I too often see derided or ignored when it comes to thoughtful mixology. Surely an assembly of such mixological brawn as MxMo can find or create a delicious way to mix OJ, right?
For this theme, DJ wants drinks that use orange juice. Not orange liqueurs, blossom waters, or bitters (although they can be there too). And the orange juice has to play a decent role in the drink. DJ was well aware that MxMo 18 was “Orange,” but he insisted and convinced me that this was a completely different beast since the theme allowed anything from twists to bitters, and this was an ingredients rescue theme. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or concoct a recipe that uses orange juice as an ingredient and sizable player in the flavor profile, 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 (either the classic or the MxMo 101 one that DJ created for this event) in your post plus links back to the Mixology Monday and Spirited Remix sites. Once the roundup post is put up, updating your post to include a link to that one as well would be appreciated.
- Let DJ know about your post by Monday night right before the stroke of midnight, September 21st by posting a link to your post on DJ’s announcement post or emailing him at djhawaiianshirt at gmail dot com.
That gives us all two weeks to start navel gazing and contemplating the wonder that is the orange and its juice. Sure, it might fall flat in the Olympic (in my opinion at least), but there are definitely orange juice-laden delights out there.