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    Original Metaxa Drinks

    Thursday Drink Night - two lovely people sharing drink and conversation over the net

    Upcoming TDN – Mount Gay XO

    Mount Gay Extra Old is one of my favorite rums and offers vast potential for Thursday Drink Night. It’s wonderful on its own and it may be one of the most mixable rums I’ve tried. And to add a high-proof float to the evening, we’ll be crafting original cocktails alongside Chester Browne, Mount Gay’s chief mixologist, who will also be answering any questions you have about Mount Gay products.

    As voted on by the participants, the best cocktail of the evening will win a grand prize to be unveiled during the festivities. The rummery begins at 7pm EST.

    Enter the chat room!

    (If you have missed out on the fun so far, check out what Thursday Drink Night is all about.)

    TDN Metaxa Wrap-Up

    The chat room was packed, and so was Erik Ellestad’s house. Metaxa cocktails were spawned like aliens in a hive colony. And they didn’t stop coming. You know, like smarmy aliens. As usual, we had a shaker-primed group of spirits writers, bartenders, and cocktail enthusiasts in the chat room, but the special treat was gathering at Erik’s house in San Francisco, where he prepared a delicious feast. Our hive-mind consisted of: Martin Cate, Gabriel Szaszko, Matt Rowley, Marleigh Riggins, Camper English (oh wait, he didn’t show up), Matt Robold, Michelle Whiting, and Erik Ellestad, and KP writers Adam and Jon.

    Winning Cocktail

    We generated a host of cocktails live and even more in the chat room, but there can be only one.


    • 1 1/2 oz Metaxa
    • 1oz Lillet
    • 1/2oz Licor 43
    • 1/2oz lime juice
    • 1 dash Angostura bitters
    • 1 egg white

    Dry shake with some jacks. Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled glass of heraldic victory.


    Featured Cocktails

    The Mixoloseum Twitter page has a full list Metaxa creations from the evening, but here are a few highlights:

    Scarlet Letter

    • 1oz Metaxa
    • 1oz Scarlet Ibis
    • 1/2oz Benedictine
    • 1/2oz orgeat
    • 1/2oz lime juice
    • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

    Shake, strain, and present with flair. For your garnish, challenge Martin Cate to a duel.

    Martin Cate

    Attica Star

    • 1 1/2oz Metaxa
    • 1/2oz blanco tequila
    • 3/4oz fresh lime juice
    • 1oz honey mix
    • bitter lemon soda, to top
    • lime twist, for garnish

    Shake with a mountain of crushed ice and beefy intensity. Donate to a straw-lined cup and top with soda and lime twist.

    Tiare from A Mountain Of Crushed Ice


    • 1oz Metaxa
    • 1oz Cointreau
    • 1oz lemon juice
    • 1/2oz pineapple syrup
    • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
    • 3 dashes Angostura orange bitters
    • orange twist, for garnish

    Shake with unrestrained joy and a plethora of ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Marleigh from Sloshed!

    Athenian Diplomat

    • 2oz Metaxa
    • 3/4oz sweet vermouth
    • 1/2oz lemon juice
    • 1 dash orange bitters

    Stir with Praxiteles-carved ice and strain into a chilled goblet.

    SeanMike from Scofflaws’s Den


    • 2oz Metaxa
    • 1/2oz rye
    • 1oz pineapple juice
    • 1/2oz lime juice
    • 1/2oz orgeat
    • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
    • 5 mint leaves

    Muddle mint and lime juice with an iron fist of justice. Shake madly and strain over ice.


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    1. NeilNo Gravatar says:

      This is a great list of drinks! Quick question, if I want to make this, and I can’t get my hands on any Metaxa, is there something I can use to replace it? I know it’s Greek, but would brandy work? Thanks Neil.

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