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06 December 2010 @ 03:37 pm
adventures in mixology  
Ever since eestiplika and I made The Scofflaw as one of the signature drinks for her bday party, I've been on a rye kick, which recently expanded to include bourbon. These are delicious, warm spirits that make heady drinks that are perfect for the cold weather.

Last week, I was about to sweeten a glass of rye with a bit of grenadine when I realized that I had more interesting options, like maple syrup! But then I remembered that I had an even more interesting option: amber_phoenix's vanilla plum jam, which is delicious and juicy. She's not happy with how it set up, but I'm delighted with the idea it gave me, so I call it a win.

I poured about a teaspoon of it into the bottom of the glass, swirled it with bourbon and a dash of orange bitters, and then stirred an ice cube into that after all the jam was dissolved into the beverage. It was delicious. I've made this and variations on it several times in the last week, and I've enjoyed all of them.

(Current contenders for names for this drink, btw, are Muddled Wit, Dark Harvest, and Sultry Midnight. Other suggestions welcome!)

And this has opened up a whole new world of mixology for me: jams, jellies and preserves! There are so many good ones! Why is this news to me? Heck if I know. But what I do know is this:

Marmalade is much better in irish whiskey than it is in vodka. It's actually terrible in vodka, surprisingly so. But it was totally enjoyable in bourbon, tequila, spiced rum, and scotch. spike and I named the winner of the taste tests (marmalade + irish whiskey) The Paddington.

I'm thinking a crepe+drink party may be the best setting in which to explore the various applications of jams, jellies, and preserves to best advantage.
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unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on December 6th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
i love marmalade+bourbon drinks :)
ruthless compassion: tastyaroraborealis on December 6th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that clearly has immense potential.
phitotient on December 6th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
we have not had a crepe party in Far Too Long. I'd be all up for crepe-making for that.
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on December 6th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)

Somehow I want to work Smucker's into this because any drink incorporating the word "Smucker" is almost going to be awesome by definition.

ruthless compassion: tastyaroraborealis on December 6th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Smucker's Choice:

Strawberry jam + dark rum + squeeze of lime?
Spikespike on December 6th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Green apple jam, green midori, birch beer, and 7up: Smuck My Birch Up?
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on December 6th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
OMFG I <3 you a lot.

PS: that is terrible.
Molotov Coqtizeestiplika on December 7th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Oh that is truly terrible.

Bravo, sir!
Molotov Coqtizeestiplika on December 7th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
phoenixamber_phoenix on December 7th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
you clearly need to come over and raid my cabinets
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on December 7th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Lizrazil on December 8th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
We have two varieties of Rye at out house. Just sayin.