A year ago, this week, the revelry began. And if my sundial displays truth, the Mixoloseum has hosted 50 Thursday Drink Nights since that first mixological day. In that time, cocktail enthusiasts, writers, and bartenders have created over 500 original cocktails using everything from Fernet Branca to buttermilk. Guests who once came in fear of all the homemade syrups and bitters being slung about like fool’s gold in the chat room now make their own cinnamon syrup, have two local sources for Ting (in case one runs out), and don’t bat an eye when someone calls yellow Chartreuse instead of green.
TDN Anniversary – Tiki
We’ll be celebrating with rum, rain gods, and back scratchers this week, and Jeff Berry and Martin Cate will be making an appearance to sling potions and generally be jealous that we have more homemade syrups than they do. The prizes are profuse, and the last tiki torch won’t be doused until the first rays of light creep across my sundial.
Best Original Tiki Drink – 50cm gold Japanese bar spoon (pictured at right)
Best Gin Cocktail – Bottle of Port of Barcelona gin signed by the distiller.
Best Absinthe Cocktail – Bottle of Obsello absinthe signed by the distiller.
Best Spiced Rum Cocktail – Bottle of Old New Orleans Cajun spiced rum
Last One Standing – If you close the doors on our party, you will get yourself a pick of one of Mud Puddle‘s six new cocktail book releases.
First two newcomers who submit a drink – More books! Pick from Mud Puddle’s line-up.
We’ll also be giving out Annual Awards throughout the night (e.g. Person who consistently submits the worst drinks).
Log in to the chat room!
Maybe your Grandma has a nip of Sherry every night before bed, but I doubt she’s mixing fine cocktails with it. A shame too, as it’s surprisingly easy to work with.
For the whole list of tippling eccentricities, observe Twitter. But here are the few to OM NOMNOMNOM.
- 2oz Pedro Ximenez
- 1oz Lemon Hart 151
- 1t pimento dram
- 1oz lime juice
- 1 dash Jerry Thomas bitters (sub Ango)
Rick from Kaiser Penguin
- 3/4oz Sloe Gin
- 3/4oz dry sherry (oloroso)
- 3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
- 1/4oz Galliano
- 1/2oz lemon juice
- 1 dash orange bitters
- nasturtium flower, for garnish
Shake, strain, cocktail glass.
Fred from cocktail virgin slut
The Dirty Vicar
- 2oz dry sherry
- 1/2oz maraschino liqueur
- 1oz lemon juice
- 1oz apricot nectar
Shake, strain. Yell “Phhwoaarr!” and elbow people in the ribs when you drink.
- 1 1/2oz reposado tequila
- 1oz dry sherry
- 1/2oz sweet sherry
- 2 dashes celery bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Stir with cracked ice and strain into a chilled vessel of imbibulation.
Nathan from PLCB Users Group