I half-joked and was half-serious when I said I’d try all the submissions the last time I hosted Mixology Monday. Though this time, only one day after I chose the “Limit One” theme, I received a memo from my liver. It was very short and to the point: “You’ll regret it. – Your Functioning Liver” That said, I do plan to try out several of your fine potions of destruction over the next day … or month.
Charlie’s Cronin Cocktail
Oh Chartreuse, how you swoon me with your sweet, herbally goodness. Charlie picks up the prize for the first MxMo post, and that wins him nothing! Well, except for probably being the most read part of this post. His drink is simple, dangerous, and more than lovable. Basically drop in an ounce of Chartreuse and top with champagne. Repeat. Anita has a version of this called the Chantreuse that looks delightful as well. Charlie submitted a 2nd recipe that you can check out in the comments.
My soul has been won. This, quite simply, is one of the best exotic cocktails I’ve tasted. I could sit here and rave on and on about the Wisdom of Pelé (aka delicious ginger candy containing 4 1/2oz of rum), but instead, get yourself on over there and make one. I didn’t have any vanilla liqueur on hand, but it’s delicious without it. You’re in for a treat, as Blair offers up a fun “Limit One” story by Don the Beachcomber himself.
Alas, another delicious-looking cocktail that contains the ever-allusive Pisco. And a variation on one of my favorite tiki drinks too, the Fog Cutter. To quote Seamus, “The gin is another genius addition,” and how right he is. I will definitely -not- be whipping one of these up tonight… lack of pisco and all.
Deftly avoiding a Long Island Iced Tea post, Shawn moved into territory I am unfamiliar with: raspberry rum. In addition to creme de cassis, 151, and gold rum, his Intermission looks like it would pack a punch. Alongside his potent beverage, he treats us with a beautiful photo.
Ah, the classic scorpion. Is it a surprise that the majority of the submissions have been tiki drinks? I think not. In the comments, one Douglas Winship complains about the intensity and effort required to craft exotic cocktails. Shame I say. For shame.
Gwen is not a fan of the Manhattan. It’s early in the night, so I’ll let it slide, simply because her blog is so fun. She gives us the Manhattanite, a variation on the Manhattan made with homemade cherry whiskey. It sounds quite good, though I don’t think I’ve seen cherries in 5 months! This reminds me. I’ve made several batches of homemade maraschino cherries, and the only ones that were not super-deadly were the ones I soaked in maraschino liqueur. What’s everyone’s favorite recipe?
Another drink with Chartreuse! This is just glorious. The original concoction calls for yellow, but such low proof will not do this Mixology Monday. Michael ups it to green, but he doesn’t stop there. He brings out bonded rye AND bonded applejack. The answer is yes. He actually has a picture of the drink that is quite good, but this turtle (also in his post and filled with history) was small.
A first timer! What a great name for a cocktail blog too: Lunar Policy. I know, for a fact, that penguins enjoy their yearly trip to the moon, yes… … well then. Offered up is a variation on the Singapore Sling that omits the soda water. This actually doesn’t surprise me; I’ve heard many a cocktail lover say they don’t prefer clear fizzies in their beverages. Do you? This post reminds me of the horrible burden that looms in my drafts on WordPress. The Singapore Sling recipe comparison. I have something like 40 recipes just waiting to be tried… someone want to step up and help?
I’ve pulled a glorious quote from this also fairly new cocktail blog: “…it seems like MxMo should be an encouragement to try something new.” Ever since Mixology Monday began so long ago, I’ve never ceased to get pleasure from the new potions available to me every month. And the Mahjongg Cocktail is no exception. I also see a bottle of Appleton White in the background. Well done.
Lance brings us a massively intense version of the Hurricane. It contains 12 ingredients. 12! My regular recipe contains 3. The tiki gods are surely displeased with my efforts. It also includes an ingredient I’ve never heard of: Trader Tiki’s Primitiva. What is this?! What is everyone’s favorite Hurricane recipe?
More to Come!
What?! “Where are the other 20+ entries?” you ask. I have always been distressed that the round-up posts are so enormous that I never find a way to make it through them all. And considering we do this only once a month, what harm is there in spreading out the booze? It’s not like you’re even going to make all of the ones above in a week. So expect a few more round-up posts over the next week or so. If I’ve not included you early on, fret not! It simply means you didn’t get your ass in gear and submit early.
This also means that if you didn’t submit on time, you still have a chance.