Mixology Monday Announcement LXXIII – Witches’ Garden


It’s my pleasure to be hosting the 73rd Mixology Monday here at Cardiff Cocktails, with the herbaceous theme Witches’ Garden. As far back as we can look, the use of fresh herbs have been prevalent in the world of mixed drinks. From the early days of the julep, through Williams Terrington’s 19th century Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, to Don the Beachcomber’s ahead of their time Tiki drinks, fresh herbs have always been at the forefront of mixology. So lets take influence from the bartenders that once ruled the world of mixology, raid your herb garden that too often gets neglected, and start mixing. I don’t want to put too many limits on this theme so get as creative as you please, want to use roots, spices or beans as well? Sure thing. Want to make your own herbal infusions or tinctures? Sounds wonderful. Here’s how to participate.

1. Create or find a drink which utilises the use of fresh herbs (or barks, roots, beans etc).There’s plenty to play with here, be it mint, basil, rosemary or thyme, or something further a field such as balm, verbena, angelica, or eucalyptus, so get mixing!
2. Make your drink and post it on your Blog, or on egullet’s spirit and cocktail’s forum if you don’t have one, with a picture, the recipe list, and any thoughts on the drink or theme.
3. Add the MxMo logo to your post with a link to the Mixology Monday website, and one to Cardiff Cocktails
4. Lastly comment on this post, with a link to your entry, or you can email me at holmeandpub(at)hotmail.co.uk or tweet me on twitter @markholmes16. Do all this by monday night 20th may before midnight.

So open up your newly bought Drunken Botanist book, get creative and have fun! Cheers, Mark.

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35 thoughts on “Mixology Monday Announcement LXXIII – Witches’ Garden

      • the ipad app is shit. no 2 ways about it. but its bad for when you’re setting things up in the beginning. once you have a routine, the app/site becomes much better. Let me know if you have questions about wp posts. i know I had a bunch in the beginning.

    • I don’t know what excites me more, the bay infused honey syrup, the fact you named it after the Allman Brothers or that you have REAL peach brandy (I’ve wanted some peach eau de vie to age myself for so long now). I love this, thanks Ian

  1. I have no idea how this was not posted here . . . Perhaps a bit heavy on the samples . . .(Just guessing, who knows with this crazy interweb . . .)
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    Mixology Monday!
    It is here. The ‘Witches Garden’ . . . .
    Mark you are correct: “fresh herbs have always been at the forefront of mixology. So lets take influence from the bartenders that once ruled the world of mixology, raid your herb garden that too often gets neglected, and start mixing.”

    So I did. My new love affair is VALLET . . . It is Mexican Fernet and Amargo (the amargo is so delish, at 90 Proof-wow!). So to make my ‘Sexy-Mexi’ I took 2 part Mina Real Reposado, 1 Part Amargo VALLET, added the mint leaves (that I cut from my neighbors mint plant – fresh) trimmed a stalk and shook the booze and the mint with ice.

    I poured the ‘Sexy-Mexi’ into a chilled glass and put the ‘slapped’ mint rosette /crest on top as a garnish (basically the top that was left from the stalk. . . ).

    Unfortunately, I ate the mint before I took the picture (sorry, it smelled so yummy).

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