MxMo LXXXIV Announcement: Temperance

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!


Now that the formalities are finished, here’s how to participate:

  • 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 Do all this before Midnight on April 22nd. I will post the round-up in the afternoon on the 24th.


40 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for hosting! I know I am ridiculously early, but I couldn’t help myself. Here is my recipe for a Bronx Egg Cream using homemade chocolate syrup.

    1. Scott says:

      A delicious first entry and classic soda shoppe treat. Thanks for participating! Cheers.

  2. I couldn’t help myself. I mixed up another drink worthy of this month’s theme:


  3. Hi Scott, thanks for hosting and for a very different theme. Afraid I couldn’t stay completely teetotal and gave in to some of those non-potable bitters. Here is my submission 医生订单 – Yi Sheng Ding Dan.

    1. Scott says:

      Wow, this sounds amazing and I can’t wait to test one out! Nicely done.

      1. Thank you very much. I stumbled across a few temperance related stories which I thought I would share in the spirit of this month’s theme.

  4. Hi Scott,

    Thanks for hosting this month and here is our contribution to MXMO. Great topic and looking forward to seeing what everyone is posting this month. I always enjoy seeing the round up.

    We made a Asian Pear, Ginger, Black Pepper and Honey Shrub.



    1. Scott says:

      Great to see a shrub recipe, especially a ginger pear one as I love this flavor combination. Thanks Chris.

  5. capnloco2011 says:

    Over at Southern Ash, we’ve got a trio of nonalcoholic cocktails for you this month – The Dapper Dan, GInned Up, and New Fangled.

    1. Scott says:

      An awesome trio of drinks, thanks so much.

  6. Scott, here is my post with 2 Temperance drinks from 1920:
    Cheers, Fred

    1. Scott says:

      As always maestro, excellent recipes and a great history lesson as well. Cheers.

    1. Scott says:

      Thanks for contributing Stacy, and I’ll be trying this one tonight since I actually have all the ingredients and it sounds very refreshing!

      1. Please do. Let me know how it turns out.

    1. Scott says:

      I really like the orgeat and strawberry combo with the herbaceous and dry tonic. Great as always Elana, and your photography is top notch yet again. Cheers.

    1. Scott says:

      A great sounding Tiki-esque cocktail. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Andrea says:

    A mocktail for a reformed drinker perhaps – the taste takes a bit of getting used to. Thanks for a very challenging theme:

    1. Scott says:

      I love lassis and can’t wait to try this complex sounding one. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Matthew says:

    here’s my recipe for this months MxMo:

    Thanks for hosting!

    1. Scott says:

      Thanks Matthew for the recipe. I agree, most of these type of drinks are far too sweet. I am really interested in seeing how the espresso plays with the tart and grassy lime. Cheers.

  9. Thank you for the reminder, I’m going to add more no alcohol recipes to my posts. Great idea.!blogger-feed/c1uij

    1. Scott says:

      A delicious sounding Mojito style mocktail. I actually was just looking over a recipe the other day that used tea in a similar style one. Thanks for a refreshing recipe. Cheers.

  10. amanda says:

    Hi there! I’m new here – but I’ve got two Temperance-style offerings for MxMo:

    This was fun, great theme choice!

    1. Scott says:

      Nice duo Amanda, I love all the tea based cocktails I’m seeing. It’s a great way to add flavor and complexity to these spiritless libations.

    1. Scott says:

      Not late at all. I’ve never had rose lemonade before, sounds wonderful. Cheers.

  11. Todd Yard says:

    Last minute entry? Thanks for hosting, Scott!

    1. Scott says:

      Not last minute Todd, just in time. Ponzu?! I have to try this! Thanks and Cheers.

    1. Scott says:

      Good to go. Thanks.

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