Temperance. The very word is about as taboo as they come in the cocktail world. While most might envision the dark days of the “Noble Experiment” and some 60 plus years of poor cocktail crafting and creation that followed; one must remember that even the greatest decades of the cocktail had its fair share of spiritless libations. Many classic cocktail books had sections for non-alcoholic beverages, and old-time soda shoppes were crafting innovative and refreshing drinks that used fresh ingredients, homemade sodas and even bitters during their heyday.
While many of us today think of overly sweet and unimaginative uses of fruit juice combinations when we hear of nonalcoholic beverages, there is a growing resurgence and movement of creating real craft “mocktails” in cocktail bars around the world. With there being more exotic and unique ingredients available to us then ever before, there are an abundance of innovative spiritless libations being developed today. Believe it or not, there’s actually a company that produces non-alcoholic versions of rum, vodka, brandy, and a number of other faux spirits and liqueurs.
As such, this month’s theme challenges you to create unique craft “mocktails” only limited by your imagination. Perhaps you have an abundance of that homemade lavender syrup sitting in your fridge? Maybe you’ve been thinking about creating a non-alcoholic version of your favorite cocktail. Or maybe you just wanted an excuse to mix up an Angostura Phosphate you saw in Imbibe. Oh yes, non-potable bitters are fair game here since they are legally classified as nonalcoholic in the states. However, if the Teetotalist inside of you won’t allow it, you can go without them. Cheers!
- Create or find a drink that is completely void of spirits, liqueurs and potable bitters but are used in a “craft” way. Homemade cordials, syrups, fresh herbs, spices, juices, bitters and what not are all game. If you don’t know something or need assistance, just ask.
- Make a drink with a photo and list the recipe with your thoughts on the drink and theme. Post it up on your blog or on egullet’s Spirit’s and Cocktails Forum if you don’t have one.
- Add the MxMo logo into your post. Include a link to Mixology Monday, Shake,Strain & Sip, and be sure to mention us both.
- Finally, comment on this post with a link to your entry (preferred), or email me email@example.com. Do all this before Midnight on April 22nd. I will post the round-up in the afternoon on the 24th.