Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Mixology Monday: Wrap-up part II

Jeffrey Morgenthaler is off promoting Repeal Day in Manhattan this week and couldn't finish up the Mixology Monday Recap. Since he asked me to finish it up for him, I provide the following:

Mixology Monday Wrap-up Part II

Matt, also known as Dood, gives us the background on Prohibition and rum runners, with a couple of excellent rum runner recipes thrown in. Nice one, Dood!.

Jamie Boudreau offers up a Volstead cocktail, the Roosevelt, and a wild original prohibition-style cocktail.

Jay at oh gosh! explores the Manhattan, breaking out several formulations, and some pretty spectacular rye whiskies. I'm glad Jay participated, even though the temperance movement never took hold in the UK.

The ladies at lupec bring The Stork Club Cocktail to the party.

First-time mixology monday participants Fizz, Flip and Fancy create some martini "jelly" and a gorgeous Ramos Gin Fizz.

Sonja slides in under the deadline with the Mr. Manhattan and Jupiter cocktails.

Marleigh at Sloshed sneaked in a little past the deadline, but it was still Monday somewhere. (It must be 4 o'clock somewhere right now, as a matter of fact) Marleigh covers the Leave It To Me #1, with a few tweaks.

Jacob Grier pushes out the boat on his first Mixology Monday posting, with a recipe for a Godson Cocktail with a tobacco cream float. Wow.

Dominik, The Opinionated Alchemist, posts to remind us of some of the responsibilities we take on when we choose to consume.

I offered the recipe for a Silver Gin Fizz AND a great holiday gift idea at the same time.

Father of Mixology Monday, Paul Clarke, brings a carboy full of bathtub gin and the David Embury version of the Bees Knees.

I forgot to add these three:

Kaiser Penguin frames up more excellent photos, and recipes for the Brace Up and the Thomas and Jeremiah.

Intoxicated Zodiac posted something here, but I was unable to contact the server to see what it was. I'm sure it will come back up. Probably overloaded the server with Mixology Monday traffic.

A Dash of Bitters has some information about temperance groups past and present.

Thanks go out to everyone who participated in this months Mixology Monday.
Part I of the wrap-up can be found over at Jeffrey's site.


Monday, December 03, 2007

Mixology Monday: Silver Gin Fizz

Jeffrey forgot to read the instructions for hosting Mixology Monday. It's only 10 pm where I am, and he posted the wrap-up hours ago. The idea is to collect all the posts, and then post the wrap-up. That boy is not quite right, but I admit he is doing a lot to turn Repeal Day into a national holiday.

For my Repeal Day inspiration, I turned to Eric Felten's "How's Your Drink?" This book provides plenty of recipes and smoothly weaves back story and anecdote with every recipe. Felten is an accomplished Jazz musician and I think his sense of pace and timing shine through in his writing. This brand new book is fun, engaging read and a must-have for any cocktail fan. (The holiday season is here, hint, hint...)

When I think of prohibition-era drinks, I tend to think of gin fizzes.

Here's the Silver Gin Fizz from "How's Your Drink?"

Silver Gin Fizz
juice of 1/2 a lemon
juice of 1/2 a lime (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg white
2 oz. gin
chilled soda water

Shake juice, sugar, egg and gin with ice. Then shake it some more. Don't stop shaking it yet. If you're using pasteurized egg whites, keep shaking. Once you're worn out, strain into a fizz or highball glass (don't put any ice in the glass). Top the frothy mix with a few ounces of cold soda water.

Celebrate Repeal Day this year with a few Silver Gin Fizzes and drink to your constitutional freedom to drink. You can get Eric Felten's book at amazon or pick it up at your local booksellers. All the details about Repeal Day are at http://repealday.org/. And you've probably already read the wrap-up over at Jeffrey Morgenthaler's website, right?