MxMo: Rone-ry & Blue Alert

It’s Mixology Monday time again! This month’s theme comes from Andrea over at Ginhound. The theme is Blue. Andrea gave everyone permission to interpret that however they see fit, so we’re taking that flexibility to the limit. Read on to see what cocktails we came up with to match the theme.

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Birthday Cocktail

zimmer-frame-closeAfter a brief hiatus (we were both sick :-P), we’re back! Today is Shaun’s birthday, so in honor of that we thought we’d come up with an original cocktail in celebration. For major events we like to do such things. Oh yeah and apparently the Seattle sports ball team is playing a game today. Or so we hear. ;)

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Hopped Cider

gentleman-farmerEarlier this year we went on a cider tour on the Olympic peninsula, and one of the ciders we got to try was a hopped one from Finn River that we quite liked it. Recently, we were offered a sample of another hopped cider from Woodchuck (see our samples policy to see what that means). We sensed a trend. ;) Since we liked what we had tried of hopped ciders so far, we looked for and found a third one from the Portland Cider company. With three kinds of hopped cider in hand, we decided to taste them side by side to see what we thought of them, and then see which if any lent themselves to mixing up into a cocktail.

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Salt Redux

daiquiri-ingredientsAs we’ve discussed before, salt can make a marked difference in the flavor profile of a drink. In his book Liquid Intelligence, Dave Arnold also discusses salt and how he adds it to any drink with coffee, chocolate or fruit to make the flavors pop. He recommends that the next time you make a daiquiri, that you split it and try one half with salt and one half without and that after tasting, you’ll never make it without salt again. Of course that’s a challenge that we as Booze Nerds couldn’t resist. ;)

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Hot Sangarees

bubbling-overFor this holiday weekend we decided to break out David Embury’s book to see if we could find something to make that would be appropriately festive. We came across Hot Sangarees and were intrigued. They seemed just the ticket; they are simple drinks to make since they only have a few ingredients, their warmth helps combat the cold weather (you might have guessed that from the name :)), and most importantly, they have an element of danger to their making! What could be better than the combination of booze and hot pokers? We couldn’t think of a thing, so we put the poker on the fire and got started.

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Aged Eggnog Redux

eggnog-ingredientsA couple years ago we came across a recipe for aged eggnog from one of our local bars. You mix everything together – booze, eggs, dairy – and put it in the fridge for however long. We decided to try it out and see what, if any, difference it made in terms of how long we aged it. Turns out 3 weeks was optimal.

Then last year, we came across an article in Cooks Illustrated that suggested that aging just the booze and eggs without dairy and then adding that at serving time was better. Being the nerds that we are, we decided to test it out. Read on to see what we discovered.

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MxMo: Demimonde & Field Trip

Time again for Mixology Monday. This month’s theme comes from our inestimable host Fred Yarm over at cocktail virgin slut. The theme this month is Apples. To quote our host,

Apples have been an American booze staple with Johnny Appleseed as its symbolic hero.

With Repeal Day just passed, this is a perfect theme in our opinions, tasty and able to provide a base for cocktails from light and elegant to rustic and warming. With that in mind, we pulled out several of our apple based spirits and started experimenting.

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A Gracious Plenty

really-closeWe were recently challenged by the Fernet-Branca marketing folks to come up with a festive cocktail using Fernet. They make the very good point that many people think of shots when it comes to Fernet, which we think is a damn shame. We love mixing with this stuff, in case that wasn’t obvious. ;) So we set out to create a tasty and festive Fernet Branca cocktail that would be appropriate as a pre-dinner drink for your next holiday party. Read on to find out what we came up with.

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Center Stage Tequila

lemon-bomb-closeWe haven’t done tequila for a while, so we thought we’d throw that into the mix this week. Conveniently enough, we recently received a bottle of Hornitos Black Barrel as a sample. Is that good, bad, or indifferent?

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MxMo: Chalet & Golden Bough

After being somewhat delinquent last month, it’s Mixology Monday time again! This month’s theme is all about “shims” – low alcohol drinks – from Dinah over at Bibulous. Normally we’re a little leery of low-alcohol anything, but we figured we’d give it a go. Read on to find out why we stopped worrying and learned to love the shim. ;)


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