Friday, February 20, 2015

MxMo XCIV That's Not A Martini: Recapitulation

C'mon now, you didn't think I'd call this a "roundup" now did you? This past monday was the virtual cocktail party known as Mixology Monday.  I challenged everyone to present a Martini that is more than a Martini. Anyway, on with the hat parade:

 First, and (UPDATE: no longer) frustrating for me, is Craig Eliason with his entry on eGullet: The Girly-O Martini. Here's a link instead as well to the Kindred Cocktails listing he's made. A rejiggered Gilroy. Too bad I'm out of Heering, I like the sound of this one!
Next The Boozenerds present a savoury offering and a citrusy one: North Of The Wall and Hot House. Any time whisky and olives can be combined I (perversely) enjoy it!
Brenda Sharpe of 4:00 Delicious Cocktail Time makes some deft substitutions and presents us with Elmakule Martiki. Definitely not a Martini! ...also not not a Martini. ;)
The cocktailian, epicurean, anesthesioligist, Gary "Doc" Elliot presents us with two drinks. One to fight malaria and one to promote good digestion, perhaps. The Gin-n-Tini takes the fizz out of a GnT and, well you'll see. Perhaps you'd rather get your feet wet (or not) with The Wellington. I imagine it's like Motorhead in a glass...

Despite the criticism Marius Iordache of Arcane Potions gives his own drink it's not "all thumbs''! In fact it may be necessary for me  to pick up a new liqueur so I too can imbibe a Green Thumb Martini.

Our fearless leader Fred Yarm of Cocktail Virgin Slut leafs through his impressive library and gives us a Louisiana named drink on this the Monday before Shrove Tuesday... or maybe sometimes a red stick is just a red stick. 

Next Matthew of Augustine-Bar puns it up with an Alginquin (yes, you read that right). Gin and pineapple, would that not be nice?
Also from Germany is the mysterious host of Swizzzzzzzlesticks. Oops, I may have added too many zeds! Here we have a spicy little number of which some components are round and pink: the Madras. You'll need to plan ahead but, whoa boy!
Bespectacled Ian Lauer of Tempered Spirits gives us what a Scandinavian James Bond might drink while gambling in China, or not.  The Shanghai. (I wanted to comment about the photos but do you think I could remember my wordpress password?)

Back in Ontario Whitney Munro of Tipicular Fixin's gets down and dirty with Preserved Lemon Dirt. As a weekend kitchen project I may have to give this one a try! 

Hilary of Spirited Away brings us La Fee Verte Martini. A vermouth split, an Absinthe rinse, why am I not drinking this right now? Oh, right, I'm not at home. All I've got is Beau's LugTread and some Kirsch... Anyway, this is the drink I wish I had presented but I didna. And it's from a MxMo first timer too, good show!
So what did I come up with? What's Dagreb's hat upon a Martini? Well, it's not a men's magazine that's for sure! A less cluttered Twentieth Century I stirred up a Maxim.
Tiki-slinger exceptionnel, my longtime Mixoloseum and twitter compatriot JFL of Rated R Cocktails tempts me and taunts me that my homemade creme de banane won't be good enough for his Mane'o Keke Martini. We shall see, we shall see.
The alchemist at The Shrubbery, Beca, makes no bonds about it and shakes up The Canticle Of Bond complete with bitters I haven't got and an intriguing shrub!
FrogPrincesse, Parisienne by way of San Diego, at Tartines To Tikis gives us a true twist with the Plum Blossom Martini
Regular MxMo host and contributor Andrea of Ginhound smokes us out with spiced gin and Ardbeg in, wait for it, her Smoky Martini. There's also a hint of Tiki Month in the post, check it out!
So there you have it folks- wait, what? Oh yes, the stragglers:

Muse asked for an extension. Since I wouldn't be able to do a proper write up until week's end I figured missing the deadline was no big deal. Besides, there's always a guest or two who's late to the party. So what have we got?

Muse of Doom at Feu de Vie uses my favourite descriptor of this MxMo: "Your proboscis will discover much herbacity" when alluding to the aroma of her Kyprian Pirate (no, no, not Kypreos). Arrack and pastis and rose water, oh my!

Staggering straggling in a week behind schedule is Laura of Sass & Gin with what I at first thought (through poor reading comprehension) was a Half-Montgomery (or would that be a double Montgomery?) but is actually a sweet Martini. Why not try it... and get your feet wet! ;)

Much thanks to Fred for taking my theme suggestion seriously. Thank you to all the contributors for a great Mixology Monday! If I've neglected anyone please let me know by commenting here or on the announcement post or by tweeting me @dagreb.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Submission To: Mixology Monday XCIV: That's Not A Martini

That rascal Dagreb has challenged us (for Mixology Monday) to make a Martini that's not a Martini. Not in that adding "tini" as a suffix way but in the way that The Income Tax is not a Bronx but is still a Bronx. Or is it The Bronx?

So, a Martini that's more than itself but still identifiable as itself? Like a really good cover version of a song! Anyway, on with the show.

After several failed delicious experiments I settled on a drink. It occurred to me that a lemon twist might be a nice addition but it's really not needed.

1 oz dry vermouth
1.5 oz dry gin
0.5 tsp creme de cacao

Stir well with ice. Strain in to a chilled coupe. No garnish.

Adapted from Esquire Drink Book

(Had I not watched myself add the cacao I don't know that I'd have noticed it in the drink. As it was I could tell there was… something but couldn't quite place it.)

There you have it. No juice. No bitters. No garnish. Taxi cab interior and a big block… and a kitschy air freshener.


Monday, February 02, 2015

Mixology Monday XCIV: That's Not A Martini!

A Telecaster's not an Esquire. A Melody Maker's not a Les Paul Jr. A Marauder ain't a Crown Vic. A Blue Moon is no Martini… well, almost. 

Take away the dash to a quarter ounce of Creme Yvette and we're left with gin (a must!), dry vermouth, and orange bitters. That's a Martini! It's at least one canonical Martini anyway. 

This month's Mixology Monday theme is that which is almost, but not quite, a Martini. Perhaps there are dashes (or more) of a liqueur (or two) added to the basic structure. Perhaps a Fino Sherry (or other fortified/aromatized wine) is standing in for vermouth. Maybe there's Oxygene instead of bitters? Gin, certainly! 

Use your imagination! Use your library! Make a Martini, that's wearing a hat! 

So how do you participate?

- Discover or invent a recipe that is almost, but more than, a Martini. There must be gin!

- Include the MxMo logo and a link back to Mixology Monday and Nihil Utopia in your post. 

- Alert me of your submission in the comments on this blog-post or tweet me @dagreb (with the hashtag #MxMo please). 

- The deadline will be Monday February 16th… ish. That Monday is a holiday here in Ontario so it's conceivable I'll be "not checking my blog."