February 3, 2014

Mixology Monday No. 82, February 17th: Sours



Some of the most iconic cocktails are Sours. Of David Embury's core six cocktails two are sours: The Daiquiri and the Sidecar.

There is a reason for this: A perfectly balanced sour is a work of art. What has happened to the Margarita shows exactly what is at stake when mixes replace bartender skill.

For this month's MxMo I suggest that we test the sour to the limit: Are there citrus besides lemon, lime and grapefruit that works in a Sour? Is citrus the only possible souring ingredient? Could vinegar or other tart fruits or vegetables be used? Let's also include the Daisies and the Fizzes - that widens the playing field with eggs and whatever makes you fizz to play with.

Let's play with the garnish - or just take Jerry Thomas's advice from The Bon Vivant's Companion: In mixing sours be careful and put the lemon skin in the glass.

Here is how you play:
  • Find or create a recipe that somehow fits the definition of a Sour, a Daisy or a Fizz, then post the recipe, including a photo and your remarks, on your blog, tumblr, or website. If you lack one of those, feel free to post on eGullet’s Spirits and Cocktails forum.
  • Include the MxMo logo in your post, plus links back to the Mixology Monday and Ginhound sites.
  • Let me know about your post before midnight on Monday night, February 17th by posting a link to your post in the comment section on this post or by sending me an email at andreadoria56 (at) gmail (dot) com.

34 comments:

  1. Love this theme, and such a great time of year for it. Mahalo for hosting!

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    1. I expect lots of inventive interpretations.

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  2. Hey, here's my sour submission! Thanks!

    http://www.901cocktails.com/blog/archives/187

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    1. Wonderful, thanks for the first contribution.

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  3. Here's my entry:

    http://drinkstraightup.com/2014/02/14/the-bittersweet-sour/

    Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thanks - lovely mix of some of my favorite ingredients.

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  4. Here is my entry. And thanks for the work you've got coming up!
    http://www.killingtime.com/Pegu/2014/02/16/mixology-monday-lxxxii-sours-regal-daiquiri/

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  5. Thanks for hosting! Here's our entry for this month. Riffs on the Amaretto Sour. http://boozenerds.com/2014/02/16/mxmo-amaretto-sour-lemon-vs-lactart/

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    1. Can't wait to explore this one further.

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  6. Here's my post for this month's MxMo: the 5 Spice Ti' Punch. Thanks for hosting!!

    http://stirandstrain.com/2014/02/16/mixology-monday-5-spice-ti-punch/

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    1. Ti' Punch is on my to-do list - this might be a place to start.

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  7. Here's my post for the month: http://onemartini.com/pink-lemon-gin-cocktail/

    Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Now I'll spend the rest of my life looking for pink lemons.

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  8. A fun time this one was. Thanks for hosting!
    http://shakestrainandsip.com/2014/02/17/feeling-sour-in-paradise/

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  9. Thank you so much for hosting! I had a lot of fun with this one!

    Cheers!

    http://sassandgin.blogspot.com/2014/02/mixology-monday-sours-pb-whiskey-sour.html

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    1. Whiskey and citrus - a match made in heaven.

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  10. I made a couple of drinks with a pear shrub for this month's challenge. Here they are: http://tartinestotikis.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/vinegar-girl/
    Thanks for hosting!

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  11. Thanks for hosting! I made a drink with kumquats. http://landersbloggings.blogspot.com/2014/02/ginger-kumquat-caipirinha.html

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  12. Thanks for hosting, here's my entry:
    http://drinksburgh.blogspot.com/2014/02/mxmo-82-sours.html

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  13. Here is mine! Thanks for hosting...
    http://adrinkwithforrest.blogspot.com/2014/02/mezcal-monday-beloved-fuzzy.html

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  14. Cheers! My Submission.

    http://dagreb.blogspot.ca/2014/02/mixology-monday-82-sours.html

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  15. Thanks so much for hosting this. Here's my submission featuring pears and honey http://www.stacymarkow.com/2014/02/17/mixology-monday-honey-pear-sour/

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  16. Making it in with the Balsourica - a gin sour replete with limoncello and white balsamic vinegar. http://southernash.com/2014/02/mxmo-lxxxii-balsourica/

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  17. eGullet checking in. We have a few entries and some discussion of Ti' Punch variations. There might be a late one or two but it's already Tuesday where I live so I thought I would get the link in now. http://forums.egullet.org/topic/146984-mxmo-lxxxii-feb-17-2014/

    Great party! Thanks for inviting us.

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  18. Hey there, Andrea! After being absent from MxMo for months, I managed to get a post in:
    http://temperedspirits.com/2014/02/17/mxmo-lxxxii-monsieur-lauer-at-the-lapin-agile/

    Thanks for hosting!

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  19. Here is my entry for this month´s Mixology Monday:

    http://swizzzlestick.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/pisco-sour/

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  20. Fabulous theme, this month. Here's my entry: http://www.scrapsoflife.com/mixology-monday-pomegranate-star-sour/

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  21. Excellent theme, thanks for hosting! Here is ours:

    http://putneyfarm.com/2014/02/18/mixology-monday-lxxxii-the-hanalei-sour/

    Thanks again- The Putneys....

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  22. Great theme, Here's our submission

    http://ratedrcocktails.com/2014/02/17/sours-from-volcanic-soil/

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  23. here is my submission:

    http://themixlab.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/mixology-monday-no-82-sours/

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  24. Andrea, thanks for hosting with a fun theme. We made blood orange and Grenadine Bourbon and Pisco Sours at:
    http://barflysf.com/2014/02/17/mixology-monday-lxxxii-winter-market-sour-cocktails/

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  25. Here's mine, seems like I didn't submited my comment lastt night...
    Thanks for hosting this month!
    http://bartendingnotes.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/mxmo-82-margaritas/

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