February’s Mixology Monday had us focusing on citrus fruit and other things that were tart with MxMo: Sours. But what about when that fruit isn’t local or in season? Should you neglect those flavors or can you find a way to incorporate them into your drinks? Maybe introducing our host for MxMo this month, Craig of A World of Drinks blog, might help to elucidate matters.
This month’s theme slated for March 24th will get you looking in the basement at those old canning projects or in the back of the fridge for those stray bottles of syrups and shrubs for it is “Preserves.” Please read Craig’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
For this month’s challenge I would like to take us back to the humble beginnings of the cocktail bar, the days when bartenders didn’t have the luxury of daily deliveries of ingredients from around the world. In these times bartenders would have been uncertain when they would again have the privilege to work with special ingredients so would naturally try to make the most of them… Such methods of preservation such as syrups and preserves have been staple ingredients behind the bar ever since, while others such as shrubs and sherbets were relatively short lived. The aim of the challenge is to go back to the days of the preserve, pick an ingredient, seasonal or not and treat it as if you won’t be seeing it again for quite some time. Syrups, sorbets, jam, shrubs and the like are all fair game, anything that will preserve the integral character of your favourite ingredient.
Want to get all Smuckered out with some store bought jellies or jams? Or perhaps take some frozen or fresh fruit and make a syrup? Candied or dried produce — why not rehydrate and breath new life into it? Nice. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe that somehow use an ingredient which has undergone some form of preservation, then post the recipe (both of the drink and the preserved item), 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, plus links back to the Mixology Monday and A World of Drinks sites. Once the roundup post is put up, updating your post to include a link to that one as well would be appreciated.
- Let the Craig know about your post before midnight on Monday night, March 24th by posting a link to your post in the comment section on his announcement post (preferable), by shooting him an email at umpleby(at)aworldofdrinks(dot)com with Mixology Monday as the subject.
That gives us all two weeks to start searching for preserved items or items to preserve and mix up a cocktail or two. Want to use pectins like a gum arabic-like smoothing agent for a rough drink? Go for it! Or perhaps a switchel or other Colonial era ingredient… I am definitely intrigued at the possibilities the MxMo community will conjure up!