September’s Mixology Monday got us all thinking about the orange that can be a difficult fruit to work with in cocktails for it mutes flavors a bit too much. However, the blogosphere provided plenty of options to extract elegance out of this ingredient including pairing it with coffee, chocolate, and spice as well as utilizing it in one of the most successful categories, Tiki. October’s theme has a lot to do with orange and something to do with Tiki, for the Jackolantern and Rated R Cocktails play a pivotal role. No, it’s not Pumpkin Spice Latté cocktail season here (well, it could be if you think it out) and not necessarily Tiki either. Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, JFL of the Rated R Cocktails blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for October 19th is one that will get you thinking about Halloween and horror. Please read JFL’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
October means Halloween. Halloween means kitschy parties and my favorite classic horror movies on the television. Here on the blog we’ve done tributes to Karloff, Dracula, and of course Vincent Price just to name a few. Tiki is rich with adventurous drinks that call to the terrifying. The Sidewinder’s Fang, the Shrunken Skull, the Shark’s Tooth, and of course the venerable Zombie. However, I am sure there are creepy classics as well. Your challenge for my MxMo of Horrors is to create a terrifying tipple. It could be a drink that just screeches Halloween. Maybe it’s a recipe to honor your favorite horror movie or star. It could be a spooky garnish or petrifying punch. Heck if you wanna make eyeball jello shots, who am I to tell you no. Let your creativity shine, I want to hear the blood curdling screams of your readers as they sip your creepy creations.
So for this theme, it’s not an ingredient necessarily but a name and a feel. Make it spooky but hopefully palatable. Grossness in name and perhaps appearance is one thing, but taste/aroma is another. The Tiki literature has plenty of fine examples, but if you do not want to go that route, there are a smattering of classics to be found and plenty that you can conjure up on your own. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe that celebrate all things Halloween and Horror whether a tribute to a scary movie or an use of a spooky garnish. Next, 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 either the classic MxMo logo or the special horror MxMo logo JFL had created for this event in your post, plus links back to the Mixology Monday and Rated R Cocktails 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 one of two ways by the end of October 19th: leave a comment on JFL’s announcement post or tweet him at @RatedRCocktails.
That gives us all 2 weeks to start turning to creepy books and movies, figuring out how to make bloody brain garnishes, and the like. Horror is no joke to JFL, so please spend the time wisely in figuring out how to scare the bejesus out of him!