Category: Mixology Monday
Mixology Monday, Pirates, Rule 2, Tiki Month 2017, Whiskey

MxMo’s Last Hurrah: Irish Privateer

It is Mixology Monday again, but never again. I'm a little teary-eyed while writing this post. Once upon a time, before Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter were much of a thing, great beasts called "blogs" roamed the internet, sharing wisdom and inanity alike on all manner of subjects, not the least among them being cocktails. Blogs had no limit on size, or illustration, or content, but they lacked the tools of modern social media to reach enough people. To battle the dangers of obscurity, blogs would gather periodically in herds called "blog carnivals", where related sites would post simultaneously on a specified subject, and link each other to draw traffic to all. In the cocktail world, the great stallion Paul Clarke summoned the herd known as Mixology Monday. After many years, Paul was no longer able to lead the herd, and Fred Yarm, the hardest working blogger in cocktails, took up the mantle and MxMo lived on. But in the fullness of time, MxMo at last dwindled. The original participants faded or were lost, and the new generations found that with tools of social media, they hardly needed the nurture and safety of the blog carnival. Now at last, the time has come to say goodbye to Mixology Monday. Fred himself is hosting this last roundup, and his chosen theme is appropriately the "Irish Wake". Hopefully this last gathering of the herd will be mighty, as we all post on the theme of goodbyes, and raise a drink which features Irish Whiskey, that most melancholy of spirits. Here at The Pegu Blog, the Irish Wake arrives smack in the middle of Tiki Month 2017. This left me with the added difficulty, beyond working through my tears, of coming up with a Tiki-profile drink that employs the native spirit from a mysterious isle, that while lushly green, is hardly tropical, and located on the other side of the world from Polynesia. There are no Irish Whiskey Tiki drinks, folks. None that I can find. So I had to dust off my questionable creative mixology skills and summon one from the volcanic mists. (Cue drums and dancing native girls as Doug capers about in a scary wooden mask, brandishing cocktail shaker and basket of fruit.)
In the Age of Sail, a disreputable but formidable Irish sea captain and his crew took service with the King of England, swallowing their national pride easily with a wash of profit motive from "pirating with permission." Our privateer sailed bravely through the Straights of Magellan and into the South Pacific, there to relieve the Portuguese shipping of whatever gold and spices they were using for ballast. Gold and spices make for lousy ballast, so the boyos really saw it as a voyage of humanitarian safety inspections, you see.... They missed the essential problem that all that gold and spice was now in use as ballast in their ship! When a Typhoon found them near a nameless archipelago, it smashed their unbalanced ship and sent it to the bottom, taking with it all that lovely ballast. The only thing the five survivors had to cling to was a like number of barrels of the spirit of their own native isle. After the storm passed, they drifted at sea. One by one, they succumbed to the sun and the sea (and in one case, a shark). The survivors lashed the barrels together to preserve them until only our doughty captain remained. One morning, as he was resolving to burst open a cask in order to drown in the Irish Sea, rather than the Pacific, he instead washed ashore on the only inhabited island of that nearby archipelago. The natives were welcoming, but didn't like the spirit he brought with him. This suited him, as it meant he had a lifetime supply to toast his lost comrades. As he grew to a ripe old age, enjoying his eternal tropical Irish wake, he found to his alarm that he might outlive his supply! So he took to cutting it with the native fruits and spices, experimenting and experimenting until he found just the right combination to last him a lifetime. His native hosts even found that they liked his whiskey this way too, finally joining him in his sad remembrances. Soon, they realized that he would consume it all, so they killed him and kept the remaining barrel for themselves.
IRISH PRIVATEER
  • 1 1/2 oz Bushmills (the privateer was a Protestant)
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 1/2 oz King's Ginger liqueur (the privateer was of course a redhead)
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and toss like the sea has turned against you. Strain into a coupe and garnish with a single floating mint leaf.
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Mixology Monday, Rule 2, Tiki Month 2016

What Mixology Monday Has to Offer Tiki Month

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="8037" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_shadow_border_circle_2" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css_animation="bottom-to-top" link="http://southernash.com/2016/02/mxmo-cvi-roundup/"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In past Tiki Months, I either hosted the event myself, in a transparent attempt to generate a lot of extra Tiki content from the rest of the blogosphere, or did a secondary roundup of the Tiki representation in whatever theme was hosted elsewhere. This year's theme was Spring Break, which host Joel DiPippa at Southern Ash chose in part to chum the water for Tiki content as well. Bless his useful heart. The Tiki content that resulted from this was impressive. Almost all of the drinks offered could plausibly be considered Tiki Compliant, and a great many claim the mantle of Tiki outright. Instead of running them all down this time, especially since there is no way I have time to make a tenth of them, I thought I'd try out some of the new, high-tech features of this blog's new theme and see how I could showcase a bunch of links to the most Tiki Month-appropriate of the entries....[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap="10" equal_height="yes" content_placement="top"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="11091" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_shadow_3d" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css_animation="left-to-right" link="http://southernash.com/2016/02/mxmo-cvi-scylla-charybdis/"][vc_column_text]

Between Scylla and Charybdis

Southern Ash Blog
Rums, spices, citrus, and a fascinating blood orange falernum thingy.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11103" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_shadow_3d" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css_animation="left-to-right" link="http://boozenerds.com/2016/02/21/mxmo-something/"][vc_column_text]

Idle Idyll

Boozenerds
A heavier, darker, mango-y Missionary's Downfall.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="11092" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_shadow_3d" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css_animation="top-to-bottom" link="http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/2016/02/queen-of-lava-beds.html"][vc_column_text]

Queen of the Lava Beds

Cocktail Virgin Slut
Includes Pisco, falernum, absinthe, flame, and is built for Two.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11104" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_shadow_3d" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css_animation="appear" link="http://www.ginhound.com/2016/02/violet-kai.html"][vc_column_text]

Violet Kai

Ginhound
A big Tiki-style Daiquiri with Creme de Violette for special effects. And a factoid I did not know: Don the Beachcomber was born during Tiki Month![/vc_column_text][vc_separator color="black" border_width="2" css=".vc_custom_1456701854310{margin-top: 7px !important;margin-bottom: 7px !important;}"][vc_column_text]And of course, my own humble entry...[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11016" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_shadow_3d" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css_animation="top-to-bottom" link="http://www.killingtime.com/Pegu/2016/02/22/mxmo-cvi-rickeys-gin-dugout/"][vc_column_text]

Rickey's Gin Dugout

The Pegu Blog
An attempt to meld the ultra-clean, refreshing Gin Rickey with a spicy Tiki undertone.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="11096" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_shadow_3d" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css_animation="right-to-left" link="https://drinkscd.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/ginger-pilot/"][vc_column_text]

Ginger Pilot

Drink Something Completely Different
A Jet Pilot with cachaça and mezcal.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11105" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_shadow_3d" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css_animation="right-to-left" link="http://kitchen-shamanism.blogspot.se/2016/02/mxmo-cvi-spring-break-pistachio-planters.html"][vc_column_text]

Pistachio Planter's

Kitchen Shamanism
Don's Spice #2, demerara, and... Swedish pistachio rum?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There you have it! A bunch of new Tiki offerings to try. There's is only a day or so left of Tiki Month left, sad to say, so get with the program![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]abc
Garnish, Mixology Monday, Orange Liqueurs, Other Liqueurs, Recipes, Rum, Tiki Month 2015

MxMo: XCIII Blue—The Surf Savai’i Sour

Banner Surf Savai'i Sour mxmologoI've been terribly remiss in participating in Mixology Monday of late, but this month the stars aligned so perfectly that here I am. The particular items in sync here are the impending arrival of Tiki Month here at the Pegu Blog (and assorted other corners of the World Wide Web and Twitterverse), and the theme chosen by this month's MxMo host, Andrea of Ginhound. That theme is Blue. Tiki is of course the natural home of blue drinks. The stunning azure of blue curaçao is immediately evocative of the waters of South Pacific beaches, and I project a lot of Tiki-style drinks in this month's round-up. (Caveat: I have made incorrect predictions in the past.) Regardless, I have posted before about blue drinks, of varying degrees of quality, many were old recipes with an original or two thrown in. The drink I'm submitting today, the Surf Savai'i Sour is not, in fact, blue at all! The blue is in the special effects. And those special effects have gone through some significant evolution as I've worked on this drink.
Tonga 1
Just another crappy day in Tiki Inspirationville....
Savai'i Beach, Tonga Source
I wanted to do a surf-themed drink. The flavor profile came together quickly, but my chosen ingredients result in a drink so brown that simply trying to blue it up results in a look that more evokes the muddy ocean waters of the beautifully bleak Atlantic beach of my own youth. I'm using egg whites to get a good crema intended to evoke mighty ocean spray, so I moved to adding the blue as a liquid garnish enmeshed in the foam. My first idea was a rocks drink, using a big chunk of ice, and giving it a name something like Diamondhead. I shook the drink, poured it over the ice, then drizzled some blue curaçao over it to work down through the foam in turbulent tendrils like mighty surf breaking on volcanic sands. In theory. Don't laugh. I know. I'm in the future, too. Surf-Savai'i-Rocks Sad, isn't it? If I can't even get the effect to last long enough to move it from bar to light box and get a picture. That's pretty lame to give to a guest. And it wasn't nearly as cool looking as I had hoped anyway. When the going gets tough, the tough try something else. I changed over to the up drink you see atop the post. I've seen countless bartenders do the kind of effect I used to draw the cresting wave, usually with Angostura Bitters in a Pisco Sour or the like. I've avoided trying it because it looks like one of those things that's harder than it looks.
That makes exactly zero sense, Doug....
Quiet while I'm making excuses. It is in fact dead easy. I put some blue curaçao in a dropper bottle and dropped out a connect the dots layout of the wave. Then you take a coffee straw and sweep evenly through the dots in the direction you want. For the wave, start at either end and go to the crest. The only really important thing to do is make sure your cream or foam is thick and rich enough to support your drops to begin with. Here's the recipe:
SURF SAVAI'I SOUR
  • 3 parts El Dorado 3 demerara rum
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part fresh pineapple juice
  • 1.5 parts St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram
  • 1 scant part B. G. Reynolds' Orgeat
  • Combine ingredients in a shaker, along with the spring removed form a cheap hawthorne strainer. Shake extensively. I usually shake it until the pressure built enough to about pop the seal, then release the pressure and repeat three times. Add ice and shake just enough to chill. Strain into a coupe glass. Wait for the foam to rise and stabilize, and many of the larger, visible bubbles to pop. Garnish with blue curaçao, droppered into a wave shape and stroked smooth with a coffee straw.
I'm pretty happy with the final flavor of the drink. It is intentionally a fusion of the Trader Vic and Donn Beach schools. It has Vic's unctuous sweet and sour face, but the exotic spicy undertow of the allspice adds a distinctly Donish touch. Be careful with the allspice, though. The sweet spot of just enough is a very narrow band, nestled between great expanses of insipidity and "Wow! That's a lovely glass of allspice liqueur you've served me!" Cheers, all! Now go read the rest of the Mixology Monday offerings!abc
Mixology Monday, Rule 2, Tiki Month 2014

Tiki Month Roundup 2014


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Well, another Tiki Month is (mostly) in the books. I'm leaving the decor up here on the website for a few more days, just as I'm leaving the decor up in my basement a bit longer. I still have a number of people who need to see it and visit, but who got snowed out earlier in the month. I feel like I'm getting the hang of Tiki more and more each year, and this year was the first that I had to do little or no basic research to get the results I wanted. I know the history of the movement, and it's current state. I know the attire, the music, the lingo. And I know the drinks. My experiments this year have been exploring some holes in the repertoire, trying a few creations on my own, and formalizing the decorations of my own facility. Next year, I expect to delve a bit deeper into Tiki food. It is the one area I've not been able to crack into fully. Herewith, a roundup of my posts for Tiki Month, 2014. I was less prolific this year than last, but I hope a bit more on point. I'll start with my biggest achievement of the year, my man-sized, light and smoke effects-enabled volcano—a middle school science project gone mad. It is portable, so I can store it for next year, and on into the future. It produced one of those wonderful moments when the PeguWife is forced to admit that strangers actually do read this blog, when someone I'd never met exclaimed to me, "Oh! You're the dude with the volcano!" Completed paper mache volcano I also showed you some video posts on Tiki bombshells of one sort and another.... White-Rum-Has-A-New-Captain Chrissy Teigen Mixology Monday brought me a whole bunch of posts to link to which discussed the theme of Sours in a Tiki or Tikiesque context. MxMo-Tiki-Logo Of course, I posted a whole bunch of drinks individually as well, listed here with pictures. I also came up with two new cocktails, both well-received, and both riffs/tweaks of classics.
Margarita Atoll-A Tiki Margarita Margarita Atoll The Regal Daiquiri, a Tiki drink for MxMmo: Sours And my own MxMo entry: Regal Daiquiri
There were also things I did not get to in the time the calendar grants. I did not review Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's new book in full, largely because Real Life™ has precluding my finishing it. This should not preclude you from buying it anyway. What I've read is fun and supportive of my long-held contention that the Bum should be considered a serious, perhaps a leading, American historian, rather than just a huckster of funky dunky drinks. I also wanted to do a separate post on Putney Farms' Hanalei Sour, which is delicious, and different in presentation, but which I didn't get a chance to try until too late in the game to make the end of February. I may yet take the time I've granted in keeping up the decor to post on these this year. If not, I've got all sorts of ammo to kick off the next! Aloha, Y'all! abc
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