Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fortified for Your Tasting Pleasure

With the holiday season officially over we move past the Scrooge of a theme from last month's MxMo and move forward unto a classic and very underutilized ingredient, fortified wine.  A fortified wine is basically wine that has had it's alcohol percentage increased to help prevent spoilage which was a common factor in the early days of exploration, travel & shipping, especially during sea voyages.  Jordan Devereaux of Chemistry of the Cocktail has this to say about his theme choice for Mixology Monday LXIX:

"Fortified wines began, in large part, as a way to deal with the difficulties of shipping wine long

Friday, January 11, 2013

Extreme Make Over! Part 1: The Cosmo

This is the first part in an ongoing series of uninspiring cocktails that have fallen into obscurity and/or have gained a reputation for boring, outdated, unrefined, relics, passe, amateurish, and whatever else you can describe them as.  You know the ones I'm talking about.  Can anyone say "Appletini"?  When is the last time you had a Harvey Wallbanger?  That bottle of Galliano has enough dust on it you'd think it was a rare original bottle that was found in a hidden cellar of some country side English estate.  Better yet, how about the queen of passe, the one cocktail that is still ordered around the world yet is just as mediocre and unexciting as a game of Curling?  I speak of none other than the iconic relic of the 80's and 90's, the Cosmopolitan.