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GLACIER ICE BALL CARVING AND CHARTREUSE SWIZZLES

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FROM ALASKA TO NEW ORLEANS..

What happens when a 400 year old block of Alaskan glacier ice is shipped down to New Orleans and ends up in the Mixohouse?

Last year in the old Mixohouse on Rampart st one night someone drove a large cart containing a huge block of ice into our living room where the bar was. I looked at it pretty wide-eyed i believe and asked what is this??? and was told it was Alaskan glacier ice to go in our cocktails….Wait…old glacier ice shipped from Alaska all the way to Nola?? who on earth would come up with such an idea??

It turns out that Nathan has acces to a 400 year old glacier…and so also this year a block of that ice was brought to the Mixohouse in Nola..this time to be carved to ice balls by bartenders to go in our cocktails..pretty cool i think.

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Sounds crazy? – it is…geeky? definetily – and awesome.

Most everybody is fascinated by the ice balls and how they are made and this event was no exception.

The room was packed when the carving begun and as the carving went on and new ice balls were formed  i saw a couple of  interviews being done and much people were around so you`ll most likely find articles about this event or the other house parties in various places. Ice balls were made until the blocks of ice were finished and the round glistening balls went into our glasses..magic.

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One thing for sure, if you get such an ice ball in your glass – when the drink is done you refill and after the second drink is done – you eat it.

The taste? well…ice. Clean ice.

This was fun and quite exceptional – hope its repeated next year..

CHARTREUSE SWIZZLES

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Living in a house full of bloggers assures many different things to happen, one was to drink chartreuse swizzles every night served in flower vases. The swizzles were made communal style, the vase was fit for 5-6 people and was passed around. One night when i was on my computer for a while it knocked on my door and in came a hand with a vase containing the famous swizzle – wanna swizzle? YES!!!

The contents also varied – depending on our mood and the contents in our bottles – sometimes JWray was added – guess who was responsable for that? and i ain`t gonna fight the additon of JWray in this drink. Othertimes various rums. So really how many variations of this swizzle i´ve had i have no idea but the original recipe is here. Another variation here. Please try it – its deliscious. I really like the idea of adding rum to it though.

The Mixohouse this year was much bigger than last year and nicely located near Frenchmen st with all the music venues like The spotted Cat, Blue Nile, Snug Harbour,The Apple Barrel, Cafe Negril and my favorite d.b.a. – where i almost lived.

Another thing i like about living in the Mixohouse is the idea itself – to live with friends in a house. You get that home feel and its really fun.

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9 comments to GLACIER ICE BALL CARVING AND CHARTREUSE SWIZZLES

  • You came all the way from Scandinavia to suck on glacial ice in New Orleans? LOL. Sounds like a grand time.

  • Well..yes i did..and it was a grand time! come down next year!

  • Everyone seems to have had so much fun that I might have to try to get there.

  • You should! really – you should.

  • Sunny&Rummy

    So how was the Black Tot Rum?!?

    At @ $800 for a bottle I don’t imagine I’ll be sampling that one any time soon.

  • Well..they didn´t let us exactly gulp it..it was served from a dropper into our mouths..

    So in my vague memory from it – it was thick, deep and sweet with the typical “navy strength flavor” and hints of burnt tobacco and molasses. Maybe even some cocoa as well, or maybe not.. – anyhow – the finish was long and strong.

    My overall impression was a strong and very flavorful rum with a long finish.

    I would definetily buy it if i just could..but with a price nearing the price for a ticket to Nola..no.

  • just revisiting this port to send to a friend and boy, it brings memories!

    Damn we had fun!

  • Yes we did, big time!! i miss the mixohouse, we need to get one again next year.

  • Steve

    Wow. Shipping ancient glaciers all the way across the world so it can melt in a drunk person’s cocktail. How very “green.” Maybe another Katrina will convince you of better ways to chill your drinks.

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