Mixology Monday 100 was an affair as grand as it was modest, its theme of "elegance via simplicity" being a perfect milestone for this monthly cocktail party that has grown in size and scope over the last few years. As MxMo themes have gotten broader and quirkier over time, this 100th such occasion slowed us down... made us think... returned to fundamentals. And now with the MxMo pallet cleansed, head cleared, and the throttle reset for a nice cruising speed, it's time for me to do what I often do and throw out a speed bump idea to disorient, bemuse, and perhaps even annoy.
Welcome to Spirited Remix where I, your DJ who usually spins mixes around here, will be asking you to do it instead for Mixology Monday One Hundred One, or as I might affectionately call it, ReMixMo.
It really irritates me when people dismiss an ingredient. Whether it's too ordinary, or difficult, or inconsistent, or overpowering, I can't help but feel such conclusions are lazy and defeatist. Your theme this month is "Orange Juice", an ingredient I too often see derided or ignored when it comes to thoughtful mixology. Surely an assembly of such mixological brawn as MxMo can find or create a delicious way to mix OJ, right? And before you think this challenge isn't challenging, regard my rules:
1) Whether it's established or your own creation, write about a cocktail that uses orange juice. Not orange liqueur, or oil, or bitters, or tangerine juice. Orange juice.
2) Your orange juice can be fresh squeezed, from concentrate, or from a bottle, carton, or can.
3) Your orange juice cannot be buried in the cocktail; it must play at least a noticeably supporting role in the drink.
4) If you must choose one of the simple, already-establish orange juice cocktails (you know the ones), then at least write something thoughtful enough to make me want to mix one up.
Submitting is easy. If you have a website, feel free to link your post in the comment section of this post. Otherwise, you may also email it to me at djhawaiianshirt at gmail.com. Either of these avenues must be taken by 11:59 PM of Monday, September 21, 2015. Shortly thereafter I will compile the submissions into the ReMixMo Roundup.
It must be noted that back when this little site was only but a thought, our MxMo forefathers were spinning their own remixes on MxMo XVIII, with "orange" simply as the theme. The event was hosted by Gwen of the now-passed Intoxicated Zodiac blog. A blurb from that era: "Juice? Triple Sec? Curacao? I’m sure some wag will go for orange bitters — hell, if you can use an orange twist
and make it interesting, then you’ve got no reason not to join in." Respect, Gwen, but nah, that's way too easy. My last ReMixMo was for freeing and open themes; this time it's business.
Thanks again to Fred for hosting the fabulous MxMo 100.