After participating in a few Mixology Mondays, I decided it’s time for me to step up and take on the hosting duties myself.  It is both an honor and a privelege.  For those unfamiliar with the concept, here’s the tl;dr version of Mixology Monday: Somebody picks a theme, then within two weeks, like-minded cocktail folk from across the interwebs submit their recipes using said theme.  You can check out the site to learn more.

My theme this month is vinegar.  Earlier this summer I went berry picking with the family, and we ended up with a quart of strawberries.  If you don’t know exactly how many berries are in a quart, let me assure you it’s a lot.  Obviously some of these were earmarked for cocktail usage, but I wanted to do more than garnishes and muddling.  Enter the shrub, also known as drinking vinegar.  The combination of fruit, sugar and vinegar has been around for centuries, particularly popular in Colonial America.  While these are delicious with a splash of soda on the rocks, they bring a fresh, bright flavor when combined with spirits.  Not too mention I used up more than half the berries in the process, and had some fun experimenting with the results.

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Village Tavern. John Lewis Krimmel, 1814

This got me thinking — how else are people incorporating vinegar into their drinks?  And why stop at shrubs?  For this month’s MxMo, let’s make the whole range of vinegary things fair game.  And I’m not just talking about throwing some olive juice into a martini.  Making a balsamic glaze for your pork chops?  Save some for the bar.  Want to have a good time and treat your psoriasis?  Reach for that bottle of apple cider vinegar for your next cocktail.  Got some favorite pickles?  Use the juice as a component. You get the idea.  If we really try, maybe we can get enough recipes to rival one of those “1000 uses for vinegar outside the kitchen” listicles.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Find, create, or tweak a recipe that utilizes vinegar in some form
  • Make your recipe and photograph the results (or process) and share it along with your thoughts on your blog, Tumblr, website or on eGullet.
  • Please include the MxMo logo as well as a link to this blogpost and to Mixology Monday (and the roundup when it’s posted)
  • The deadline is Aug 23 10pm.   Submit your entry with a comment and link on this post or post it and tag me on Instagram (@mrmuddle) and/or Twitter (@mister_muddle).  If you go the social media route, be sure to include #MxMo and/or #mixologymonday in your post.  You can also email me mrmuddledrinks@gmail.com with Mixology Monday in the subject line

As usual, this gives everyone two weeks (again, the due date is Aug 23).  Plenty of time if you want to make your own (Food52 has a good overview of making shrubs, or check out Michael Deitsch’s book) or to order some commercially available bottles if you’re lazy.

Shout out to Frederic Yarm at Cocktail Virgin Slut for keeping this whole party rolling.

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