After gazing at all the cool stamps in our booze passport from Mixology Monday: Intercontinental, it’s time to look ahead to the upcoming Holiday season and lock in with some of the flavors, smells, and ornaments of the next coming few months. So let me explain by introducing our hosts for MxMo this month, Christa and Shaun of the BoozeNerds blog.
This month’s theme slated for November 18th may make you look at your Christmas wreath or your spice rack a little differently given the theme of “Resin.” Please read Christa and Shaun’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
We thought hard about a theme that would work well for this time of year, and after contemplating the food, booze, and decor we like for the holidays, we settled on “Resin.” From savory rosemary in a stuffing, to a delicious juniper-y gin in a martini, to a fragrant fir ornament or garnish, our friends the evergreens have a lot to offer… The challenge: come up with an ingenious creation using the resin-y ingredient of your choice. Zirbenz, retsina, hoppy IPA, pine-nut puree, even? Sure! Spirit, garnish, aroma, all are fair game. Whatever resin means to you, we want to hear it.
Want to riff on Beta Cocktail’s Rosemary’s Baby or add ingredients to beer to take the IPA hop craze a step even further via cocktail? Go for it. Want to garnish with a Christmas tree or coat your glass completely with ship-sealing pitch? Nice, and please take photos. On the gentler side, perhaps the Negroni with a robust gin would do. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe that utilizes resin-y ingredients, 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 BoozeNerds 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 BoozeNerds know about your post before midnight on Monday night, November 18th by posting a link to your post in the comment section on their announcement post, by shooting them an email at boozenerds (at) boozenerds (dot) com.
That gives everyone two weeks to start gathering up retsina gum, rosemary sprigs, those quirky liqueurs imported by Haus Alpenz, or beers from Green Flash. With all these options, I’m excited to see what drinks people will come up with to complement the late fall, almost winter night air!