With the hangover from MxMo “I’ll Take Manhattan” just clearing after trying all the tributes to the Big Apple, it is time to wonder if that is the only city worth paying tribute to? What about your own area? Not recipe-wise that is, but in product. Local product. Perhaps introducing our host for MxMo this month, Stuart Putney of the PutneyFarm blog, might make this idea better understood.
This month’s theme slated for June 15th is one that will get you thinking about all of the new booze start-ups in the area and perhaps some of the old guard in your neighborhood. Please read Stuart’s full announcement post, but here is a brief description:
One of the best recent developments in the world of cocktails and spirits is the reemergence of regional, craft distillers. And we say “reemergence” because 100+ years ago, before the twin scourges of Prohibition and
virtual monopolization“industrialization,” distilling was often a truly local endeavor. Not so long ago, if you wanted some booze, it was often made in your neighborhood and for the tastes of the locals. Sadly, for a few generations, that wasn’t the case… But, quite happily, those days are back… There are literally hundreds of local and regional distillers making some seriously tasty spirits… and now is the time for our monthly online cocktail party to send them some love.
Your quest is simple. Create a new cocktail, or refashion a classic, using your favorite “hometown hooch” (and we can expand the definition of “hooch” to include spirits, liqueurs, aperitifs and beer)… A little local flavor or history on your “hometown hooch” is very welcome.
The theme is different from MxMo XXX, the tawdry number that I first participated in, namely “Local Flavor,” although the overlap in regionality certainly does exist! I definitely love that the last two bars that I have worked in have had local products not only on the shelves but functioning as our well spirits. No local distillates in the area (or even if there are), what about a sparkling wine or beer from the area? An artisan syrup or shrub maker might not be too far of a stretch if need be. Briefly, here’s how to participate:
- Find or create a recipe that utilizes some hometown hooch, 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 in your post, plus links back to the Mixology Monday and PutneyFarm 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 June 15th: leave a comment on Stuart’s announcement post or tweet him at @putneyfarm.
That gives us all two weeks to do some research and perhaps a distillery tour and come up with something tasty to showcase a regional delight. Any history or details that make the liquor choice all the more interesting will only add to the story!