Monday, October 29, 2012

Garnishing Hallowe'en

It's the time of year for pumpkin spiced everything and Hallowe'en themed cocktails. You can find the recipes everywhere. Everywhere but here! Instead I bring you some garnishing ideas.

Perhaps you've made a Jack O Lantern Punch. Why not garnish it with a Jack-o-Lantern?

Or you could always just drink from a pumpkin.

Happy Hallowe'en!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Murray Stenson

Eloquence escapes me. So read Doug's post:

Also, read Paul's post:

Do you have any idea how tough it is to write a blogger post on an iPhone running Safari? Not anywhere neat ad tough as what Mr. Stenson is going through, I'd wager.


Saturday, October 06, 2012

MxMo El Eks Vee Ai : Bein' Green

October's Mixology Monday is hosted by Ed of Wordsmithing Pantagruel. The theme this time is (It's Not Easy) Bein' Green. To quote:

"With the warm days of summer now fading off into the distance in our rear view mirrors, let's pay one last tribute to the greens of summer before the frosts come and our outdoor herb gardens give up the ghost for the winter. For our theme for this month, I have chosen: (it's not easy) "Bein' Green." (Perchance due in no small part to my predilection for Green Chartreuse.) I'm giving you a wide berth on this one, anything using a green ingredient is fair play. There's not only the aforementioned Chartreuse; how about Absinthe Verte, aka the green fairy. Or Midori, that stuff is pretty damn green. Crème de menthe? Why not? Douglas Fir eau de vie? Bring it! Apple schnapps? is green. I suppose if you want to try to convince me it makes something good you can have at it. But it doesn't have to be the liquor. Limes are green. So is green tea. Don't forget the herb garden: mint, basil, cilantro, you name it - all fair game. There's also the veritable cornucopia from the farmers market: green apples, grapes, peppers, olives, celery, get the idea. Like I said, wide berth. Base, mixer, and or garnish; if it's green it's good. Surprise me. Use at least one, but the more the merrier."

So, thats fairly liberal and wide open. I have chosen to make a green drink and garnish it with green things. First though, the instructions for making one of the ingredients...

Shiso Rum

In a glass jar cover 1 cup torn shiso leaves with 1 cup over-proof rum (I used St Vincent Sunset). Let steep for 24 hours. Strain. The resulting liquid should look like green food colouring and taste almost, but not quite, entirely unlike creme de menthe.

Got your shiso rum? Good, here we go.

She Sew My Tie
1 oz Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star
0.75 oz lime juice
0.5 oz Shiso Rum
0.5 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz orgeat

Shake with crushed ice. Pour unstrained into a DOF. Garnish in a cool and freindly like manner.


UPDATE: Check out the other drinks in the wrap-up post