I thought this was going to get easier as I pushed through the dangerous waters of Mixology Monday. Oh, how I was wrong. The second round-up of three reveals “evil” cheating. People have doubled recipes to meet the 3oz requirement! I wholeheartedly approve. Mixology Monday is by no means a competition, but I was ready to give Blair the prize for his Wisdom of Pelé, because I’ve made it (and shared it with friends) about 5 times. It’s delicious, complex, and intense. But not allowing such quick defeat, Doug comes along with a barrage that might defeat an army of livers.
This bowl of booze has a problem: it sounds delicious. It contains so much alcohol it’s too complicated to calculate. I had trouble picking a quote from Doug’s post, as so many of them were wonderful, but I finally decided on one that seems to embody the “depth” of this fine elixir: “The resulting punch is a deliciously fruity, lively, and mild-tasting tipple that could fuel a party on a trip straight to Perdition.” Oh, and the fact that Doug is willing to ship me a sealed quart of the stuff is beyond special. I feel like I should send you a small penguin. (note the wilting pineapple in the background due to the wafting of the alcohol)
I am ashamed to say that after 7 years of German throughout high school and college, I can’t read this post. I was pleased to see Kaiser Penguin come up as “Emperor Penguin” when I Googlated it, though. Fortunately, spirits are universal. The Manulu Cocktail sounds like quite a fine exotic cocktail and one that I’ve not heard of. Anyone know the history on this one?
I must say I am impressed. This may be the one exotic tipple I’ve yet to try from the Beachbum’s extensive library. Perhaps you can convince me to pick up a bottle of Stroh… is it in many other cocktails? The Baron von Tiki does contain Bärenjäger, which yearns to end its status as hermit of the liquor cabinet. It even includes lemon bitters! I’m close to convincing myself.
Making your own mixes that include your own syrups is so intense! Marleigh, I have little doubt the tiki gods are pleased. The Tiki Puka Puka not only includes navy grog mix with a homemade spice syrup, it sports the lovely blood orange, whose season is sadly nearing its end. I could have sworn there was a Navy Grog Mix recipe in Sippin’ Safari, but I couldn’t find it… Oh, I cannot wait until all the blooming; my tiki drinks miss their usual garnish of poisonous flowers.
And I was just saying I didn’t know more drinks that contained that powerful Austrian spirit: Stroh. Including large passages of Monty Python movies should be a part of more cocktail blogs. Keith’s HHGoA seems innocent enough… 1oz troh, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup. Then he floats absinthe on top! Oh, I forgot mention the bruleed cherries on the bottom of the glass; I have needed an excuse to get a new tank of butane … though I’m glad I’m not a dishwasher where he works. Huzzah!
The Indian Summer started out with vodka and after some successful experimentation ended up containing rum instead. Wise. Wise indeed. Our ever-delightful artist turned cocktail blogger was concerned his final concoction was peeking over the tiki fence. I don’t see issue with this! That said, there really aren’t that many exotic cocktails that contain Kahlua… are there?
Another Mixology Monday virgin! And he writes about one of my favorite tiki drinks, the Jet Pilot. Well done. To top it off, he provides an online source for Lemon Hart. Robert then goes on to quote my post on the Jet Pilot, claiming that I would happily imbibe not just one, but two Jet Pilots! What a fine idea! One of my favorite tiki mugs fits a double-Jet Pilot quite nicely. No where in the rules for this MxMo did I mention making it to work the next day …
Speaking of doubles, we start off with a double Ankle Breaker, containing a whopping 5oz of 80-proof spirit. I had no idea Cruzan made a 151-proof rum; has anyone else laid their lips on this stuff? In just fashion, they move on to the Zombie, offering two recipes from the Bum. Speaking of Sippin’ Safari, does anyone not own this love tome? Because you should. Just order it now. Apparently, in due form, there is a second round of drinks for Iceland Spar, which also wins as a cool blog name. All these posts are so excellent!
Ah, Hemingway. This post brings back good memories. For a time, right after college, I was employed by Penn State working on the Hemingway Letters Project. The goal was to compile all of the letters the big H wrote during his lifetime into multiple volumes. Early on, my job consisted solely of transcribing the written letters he wrote. This may sound boring, but it has actually benefited my life greatly, as I now have a Holmes-like ability to read others’ handwriting. But enough distraction; witness the Papa Doble. Dave points out something very important. Most cocktails greatly benefit from single portions. Time in the ice, coldness, and potency can all be affected by time, and a double often results in a watered down, icky drink. Tiki drinks don’t fall prey to this as easily since they have so many intense flavors, but potions with fewer ingredients and ones that aren’t laden with an iceberg-full of ice, often do.
Jay’s effort might rank as the most potent of the group… that doesn’t take 2 months to create. Nearly 6oz of death juice fills this traditional glass. As usual, such a fine endeavor contains a couple ingredients I have no easy way of acquiring in PA. This is a superb way to finish off such a wonderful selection of cocktails. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading and posting about everyone’s fine work.
- What are your thoughts on this staggered round-up? Am I going fast enough?
- How many of you try all of these delightful death devices?