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MxMo LI: Noon Day Sun Margarita

Posted by Reese On September - 19 - 2010

MxMo LogoThis month’s Mixology Monday, the 51st if you’re keeping track, is being hosted by none other than the wisdomed Pegu sage, Doug Winship of The Pegu Blog.  If you’re unfamiliar with MxMo let me catch you up quick so we can get to the important task of drinking.  MxMo is a monthly event where cocktail bloggers worldwide focus on one ingredient (picked by the host) around which to create a cocktail.  This month’s topic of choice is the ubiquitous lime.

There are of course a large number of cocktails that rely on the lime.  The Daiquiri The Dark and Stormy.  My perennial favorite, the Gin and Tonic.  I could go on, but there is one particular cocktail that I have to think pops in to most everyone’s head when they think of limes.  I’m talking about the Margarita of course.  Clearly I couldn’t simply remake the Margarita recipe I’ve made in the past.  Some innovation that would be.  No, I had to do something a bit more interesting.

Noon Day Sun Margarita

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know I have a love for chiles, even in my cocktails.  I’ve made a couple batches of spicy bitters and I’ve crafted a couple cocktails based around them.  I’ve even made a previous MxMo cocktail using them.  For this MxMo I wanted to apply what I’ve learned from these experiments to craft the ultimate fiery Margarita.  So, without further ado, I present to you the Noon Day Sun Margarita.  It’s hot, but in all the right ways, much like hot sun on a tropical beach.

Noon Day Sun Margarita
2 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz Agave Nectar
1/4 oz Orange Juice
Dash of Coronal Bitters
1) Rim a glass with salt, if desired
2) Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
3) Shake until well chilled
4) Strain into an ice filled glass

I leave it to you to decide how much of fire you add with the Coronal Bitters.  For me, I like the heat at a level where you just get a lingering warmth on your tongue and a tickle in your throat.  Next, I really like the agave nectar in this recipe.  It bumps up the agave flavor from the tequila.  Finally, I really like the orange flavor that the Cointreau brings to the party.  So, to keep that theme going, I added a touch of orange juice.  I really like the addition.  Even if you decide to omit the spicy bitters this Marg is delicious.

John’s Premium Tonic Syrup

Posted by Reese On September - 16 - 2010

I love a good Gin and Tonic.  Heck, I even love a not so good one.  Everything from a dirt cheap bargain G&T to a top shelf libation.  But, out of all the options, my favorite G&T to really savor is made with homemade syrup.  The problem is, making homemade syrup is time consuming and rather a pain in the ass overall.  Enter John’s Premium Tonic Syrup.  John’s syrup is made from all the same high quality stuff that I used to make my homemade tonic syrup with some extra benefits.  First, and foremost, it’s already made, so you don’t have to spend the better part of a day making it.  Second, the filtration that John employs is very good.  So, unlike my tonic syrup, you don’t end up with cinchona dust in the final product.  This is good in that it improves the look of the cocktail and the cinchona doesn’t continue to increase the bitterness of the syrup.

Enough rambling, let’s get down to brass tacks, how does it taste?  Very good, my friends, very good.  It’s nearly as good as my own.  The reason I can’t say it’s better is because every time I sip a G&T with my homemade syrup I know how much time and effort went in to it.  You know, blood, sweat, tears, etc.  All whining aside, John’s tonic truly deserves the premium name.  The flavor is crisp and bright and the bitterness of the quinine is pronounced.  All together very tasty.

So, as summer days come to an end I have some words of wisdom for you.  First, drink Gin and Tonics often and in quantity.  Second, if you really want to enjoy a handcrafted masterpiece have a Gin and Tonic with hand crafted tonic syrup.  You get to mix the cocktail exactly how you want and the result is all the better.  Finally, if you’re not interested in making your own syrup from scratch give John’s a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

† The product reviewed here was provided to me as a free sample. If you’re wondering what that means check out my sample policy.

Geeky Cocktail Humor

Posted by Reese On September - 13 - 2010

Thanks to Geeks Are Sexy for this gem.

The Bebbo Cocktail

Posted by Reese On September - 12 - 2010

I’m getting back on the horse in the best way I know how, with an interesting gin cocktail.  As I flipped through Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails looking at the recipes I marked some time ago, the Bebbo cocktail stood out as an intriguing mix.  The combination of citrus, gin and honey sounds truly delightful.  Now, as for the name, I can offer you nothing more than what Dr. Cocktail has tracked down.  Namely, “‘Bebbo’ is Konkani (one of the twenty-two official languages of India) for frog.”  Enlightening, though I think his earlier sentiment summed it up much better.  “Another idiotically named drink.”

No matter the name, I’m excited by the possibilities of this drink.  First, it’s one of my first forays into the use of honey in a cocktail.  Seems there are some tricks to mixing with honey and I’m also excited about getting to try a couple different honeys to see if there is a difference.  Second, there’s something I’ve been wondering for a while.  What is the true flavor impact of gin versus vodka?  Sure, I know it’s going to be huge, but I want to find out how huge.

So cocktail companions.  Shall we get started?

The Bebbo Cocktail (Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)
1 1/2 oz Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Honey
1/3 oz Orange Juice
1) Stir without ice until the honey dissolves
2) Shake with ice
3) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Dust Off Your Shakers

Posted by Reese On September - 9 - 2010

It’s time to get hacking!  After a long break, life is settling back down for me and I’m ready to start doing some cocktail hacking.  I’m moved in to my new house (look for an updated shot of the collection soon), unpacked and really in need of some new quality cocktails.


There will be a new cocktail posted this weekend and I’ve got a slew of reviews to get typed up and posted as well.  I’m going to be changing my schedule a little to accommodate my schedule.  For the time being there will be a new cocktail every two weeks.  This should give me plenty of time to experiment with homemade ingredients, recipe variations, etc.

As always, I’m open to questions, comments, requests and suggestions.  Happy drinking, my friends.