July 18, 2006

MixMo 5 Roundup - When Life Hands You Lemons...


MM-5.gifWelcome to Mixology Monday 5, where we have lots and lots of lemon goodness. You know the old saying - "When life hands you a lemon, it must be time to make a cocktail." (or something like that anyway). The Wikipedia has, as usual, plenty of lemon information, which you can find here. As I've said in a couple of my previous cocktail entries, I highly recommend trying to track down some Meyer Lemons, which have a special lemon goodness all their own. My Mom got me a box for my birthday, which is in February and is a very good month to get them (you can check out Melissa's for more info). Anyway, thanks for the great turnout - we have quite the international showing this time around, with entries spanning the globe, which is great to see. So let the show begin!

We live in a world where lemonade is made from artificial flavoring and furniture polish is made from real lemons
Alfred E. Neuman

Macky, from Macky's Garden in the Philippines, entices us with A Night in Old Mandalay, which mixes rums, juices and ginger in a tall highball glass.

Next, a stop in Sydney, Australia, where Anna of Morsels and Musings fame, takes us on a trip to northern Italy and whips us up a batch of sgroppino, an ice cold drink using lemon gelato, citron vodka, limoncello and more lemons.

Alicat of Something So Clever, located in Montana, US (one of the few places where it is even hotter than here in Boston!), invites us over with recipe that takes you from parched to refreshed in no time flat, a homemade hard lemonade, as well as an ice-cube laden Amaretto Squeeze, which combines Amaretto and lemon juice for that frangipane taste.

Marleigh, whose Sloshed is making a MixMo debut, whips up some frozen goodness with a Lemon Sorbet, by using citrus vodka, limoncello (not surprisingly, a real favorite for this MixMo!), peach schnapps, lemonade and cream to create a frothy refresher.

At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.
Emo Phillips

The blogger we like to blame for MixMo, Paul from The Cocktail Chronicles and Seattle Washington, invites us to try a special South American brandy, pisco, in a Pisco Sour.

Meeta jets in from Germany while writing for What's For Lunch Honey?, and shows us how to make an easy summer refresher for the entire neighborhood, with a delicious Limoncello Cooler.

Another visit from Down Under, this time from the beautiful city of Melbourne, where Haalo writes Cook (almost) Anything at least once. She finds two different bottles of lemon spirits in the cabinet, so she shakes us up a Lemon Vanilla Fizz using the Limoncello, mixing it with soda water, vanilla pods and lemon leaves, and uses the citron vodka to good effect in a simple yet elegant Lemon-tini.


Jen, the Californian who writes cocktail jen, points us to some limoncello recipes, unveils her own homemade limoncello for us, and encourages us to "try this at home".

Jimmy, a Californian who writes Jimmy's Cocktail Hour and hosted the previous MixMo on Apéritifs, goes on a quest in the priceless CocktailDB for the perfect lemon drink. After a short side trip to the land of the Whiskey Sour, he settles on an enduring classic and a true favorite of mine, the Sidecar.

Barbie, who writes barbie2be from the US west coast, entices us with a lemon twist on another classic, creating the Limoncello Cosmopolitan.

Darcy's Art of Drink creates a new cocktail for our carnival by combining the ever-popular limoncello, pear liqueur, vermouth, soda and bitters while walking us through the creative process, where he ends up with a Lemon & Pear Cocktail.

When life hands you a lemon, say 'Yeah, I like lemons. What else ya got?'
Henry Rollins

Michael, who writes a dash of bitters, visits us from a full freezer in Brooklyn, New York and takes us slowly through the limoncello creation process, and honors us by uncorking it for the first time. He then offers up two new cocktails, the Lemon Cart (a Sidecar twist using limoncello, cognac and lime juice) as well as a simple and refreshing Lemon Cooler.

Rick, the Kaiser Penguin of Pennsylvania and host of Mint MixMo III, brings us the Rum Keg, so break out those honkin' big hurricane glasses and fill it up with this yummy sounding mixture of juices, syrups, rum and ice.

And here at Jiggle The Handle, I got to unveil a new Dr. Cocktail recipe, and try both limoncello and yellow Chartreuse for the first time, with a Lemony Snicket cocktail. Also, be sure to try out the classic Lemon Drop as well.

So that wraps up another edition of Mixology Monday. Again, I want to thank everyone for showing up and giving us plenty to try out in the coming dog days of summer (at least here in the northern hemisphere). If you didn't get in here, don't give up - send me along the link or post it in the comments and I'll add your link. And be sure to check out MixMo VI, which will focus on the grape and is being hosted by Rick over at Saving the world, one drink at a time (an admirable philosophy).

Dogbert: "Well you know what they say, when life gives you lemon, make lemonade."
Dilbert: "But I'm allergic to citrus."
Dogbert: "Well you know what they say, when life gives you lemons, swell up and die."
Scott Adams (1957 - )
Posted by jdarnold at 7:54 AM on cocktail | Comments (6)

Excellent summary, Jonathan. Thanks!

Posted by: Michael Dietsch at July 18, 2006 11:29 AM

Nice roundup! Like the quotes and graphics. One of these days I'll get my act together enough to participate in MxMo.

I can't believe all these people are making their own limoncello!

"When life hands you lemons, make limoncello," should be the dru...., err, I mean, cocktail enthusiast's slogan.

Posted by: erik_flannestad at July 18, 2006 11:41 AM

Great job by everyone, another success! Jonathan, thanks for hosting it, great wrap-up.

Posted by: Jimmy at July 18, 2006 1:05 PM

Thank you for hosting! It was so much fun to participate! :)

Posted by: Alicat at July 18, 2006 5:45 PM

Great round-up and I love the many different ideas. It was fun. thanks for hosting this one!

Posted by: Meeta at July 19, 2006 2:24 AM

Glad everyone is enjoying this month's MixMo! I had a great time reading all the posts.

Posted by: Jonathan Arnold at July 19, 2006 2:21 PM

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