With all of the spice notes of December’s Mixology Monday finally clear from our palates, it’s time to settle into the hibernation mode of January. Well, sometimes I have a ton of energy during the winter and focus it on cooking and drinking projects since I do not feel like leaving the house. And other times, the darkness and cold get to me, and drinking is about getting it done via popping a beer bottle cap or making something simple yet effective at the bar. Moreover, when I’m at work, a drink ticket for highballs is perfect when I’m in the weeds. This less labor intensive aspect fits right in with our MxMo this month, so let me introduce Joel of the Southern Ash blog.
This month’s theme slated for January 20th is a simple yet classic two-parter of “Highballs.” Please read Joel’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
Highball – n. 1. a long iced drink consisting of a spirit base with water, soda water, etc. -Collins English Dictionary Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition… For this month’s theme, I thought we could strip away the complexities of cocktails and relax with a nice highball… Most cocktails are at least three ingredients with the highball relegated to emergency or last resort status, but in those highballs we will seek refuge. The end of the day is sometimes better served by a simple liquor plus mixer combination than an artfully measured Corpse Reviver No. 2 This month, tell us what you’ll do with a liquor and a mixer (with maybe a wee bit of garnish) to ease into the new year.
Want to figure out what the best gin and tonic combination is? Perfect! If you do the same for rum and ginger beer, that’s great but just don’t call it a Dark & Stormy for legal issues. Ah wait, we’re poor bloggers anyways and that sort of stuff could only drive up the traffic. Strange and usual sodas from the ethnic aisle of the supermarket are a great way to go especially if you have access to tasty things like Ting grapefruit soda. A wine spritzer with some strange quinquina or aromatized wine? Whoa. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe that somehow fits the definition of a highball, 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 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.
- Let the Joel know about your post before midnight on Monday night, January 20th by posting a link to your post in the comment section on his announcement post, by shooting him an email at southernashblog (at) gmail (dot) com.
That gives everyone two weeks to start figuring out what club night soda gun libation they want to pay to tribute to or what complex sparkly herbal interplay can be generated with two ingredients, ice, and a straw. With the limitations in place, I’m excited to see what drinks people will come up with to make drinking that much easier to do!