It’s de-lurking day! For the fourth year in a row, I hope to drag you bashful, non-commenters out of your havens to introduce yourselves and win something. Each year we add a bunch of little monsters to the comment stream and manage to herd you into our tiny cargo hold of a cocktail community. It’s all very shiny.
How do you know if you’re a lurker? Well, for a start, I used to be one. I was nervous that Paul Clarke would mock my meaningless musings on bitters and Darcy would autoclave my ideas with science, but neither of them did. They were simply excited that new people were commenting on their little blogs and more than happy to be helpful. I’ll be too.
Let us imagine together …
You are sitting at your computer sipping a tasty concoction, one of your standbys, and scrolling through your list cocktail blog feeds. Your reader ticks off new posts one by one and you note interesting drinks. Something may catch your eye and you might even skim through a post or two.
During this process, you likely find a new cocktail you haven’t tried or a post that you could add some insight to. Making a mental note you move on, telling yourself you’ll come back when you have more time. Or maybe you’re just shy and think you’ll be mocked for saying you like cognac in your Mint Julep. Either way, you never make it to the comment area. It sits forlorn, and unloved. Like Gabe.
If the above sounds familiar, you’re a lurker. And it’s time to scroll down to that comment box and de-lurk.
Mix up a drink (see recipe below), and introduce yourself to everyone. We’re all nice. Honest.
How Do I De-Lurk?
- Post a comment.
- Tell me who you are and where you’re from.
- Tell me what your favorite drink is, and post the recipe.
- Say anything else you want.
To encourage all you lurkers out there to comment, I’ll be giving away TraderTiki’s new triple-pack of syrups to one lucky de-lurker. You have to be a first-time poster to win, and your drink has to be tasty. Regular posters, make sure to chime in and greet the newcomers.
I don’t want to leave your lips dry, so quaff down this sultry libation to spur your creaky fingers:
Congress of Vienna
- 1 1/2oz gin (something assertive like Tanqueray)
- 1oz Ramazzotti
- 1t cinnamon syrup
- 1 dash absinthe
- 1 dash rhubarb bitters
- 1 dash celery bitters
- orange peel and cinnamon stick, for garnish
Stir with ice and strain into a glass of excitement! Twist the orange peel over the top like a Gnomish watchmaker, and enjoy.
Before my lips even touched this potion, the aroma blew me away: orange, vanilla, and only a hint of bitterness. My first sip immediately reminded me of Aperol, but richer, almost buttery. In case you’re wondering about the name… in 1815 (the year Ausano Ramazzotti developed his amaro) after Napoleon’s occupation, the Congress of Vienna returned control of Milan (where Ramazzotti is produced today) to Austria.
Don’t forget to post in the comments! Really, just do it now – you’ll feel content and happy. I promise.