TDN CELEBRATES 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! And its TIKI!

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TDN TIKI-TIME! THE WORLDS BIGGEST ONLINE COCKTAIL PARTY – ONE YEAR CELEBRATION!

I can´t believe how fast time has flied, its time for our 1 year anniversary of the Mixoloseum’s weekly online cocktail party – Thursday Drink Night aka TDN!

It started so small and it has grown more than i could imagine during this year that has gone. There has been many nice cocktails made – no less than 500 original cocktails – and that during 50 TDNs and every time its fun to be there chatting and mixing the night away. I have lost count on how many beautiful sunrises i´ve seen during aTDN night.

To quote Rick over at Kaiserpenguin who is the founder of this tremendously fun event:

“When Thursday Drink Night began as a small gathering of booze nerds who just wanted another excuse to hang out and mix cocktails, I had no idea we’d be looking back a year later at 500 original cocktails and a mountain of prestige.

Brands are now building TDN into their marketing budgets, and it has become the “cool thing to do” as word continues to spread.  And not little brands, but huge marketing behemoths like Diageo. Live events are no longer a special treat, but built into nearly all upcoming sponsored nights.”

“The Mixoloseum has hosted 50 Thursday Drink Nights since the first mixological day. In that time, cocktail enthusiasts, writers, and bartenders have created over 500 original cocktails using everything from Fernet Branca to buttermilk.

Guests who once came in fear of all the homemade syrups and bitters being slung about like fool’s gold in the chat room now make their own cinnamon syrup, have two local sources for Ting (in case one runs out), and don’t bat an eye when someone calls yellow Chartreuse instead of green.”

So arm yourself with your rums, other spirits, fruit juices, syrups, bitters and tinctures, crazy garnishes plus your tikimugs and glasses and join the fun together with our beloved Guest Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, and the whole array of cocktail enthusiasts, bartenders and cocktail bloggers and if you submit a drink you have the chance of winning premium prizes.

Here are the details:

The Prizes

Best Original Tiki Drink – 50cm gold Japanese bar spoon
Best Gin Cocktail – Bottle of Port of Barcelona gin signed by the distiller.
Best Absinthe Cocktail – Bottle of Obsello absinthe signed by the distiller.
Best Spiced Rum Cocktail – Bottle of Old New Orleans Cajun spiced rum
Last One Standing – If you close the doors on our party, you will get yourself a pick of one of Mud Puddle’s six new cocktail book releases.
First two newcomers who submit a drink – More books! Pick from Mud Puddle’s line-up.

We’ll also be giving out Annual Awards throughout the night (e.g. Person who consistently submits the worst drinks).

To join TDN Tiki – sign in to the Mixoloseum Chat Room this thursday sept 3rd at 7pm Eastern and join the TDN which will go on until last man standing to blow out the tiki torch or we all get moemoe.

Okole maluna!

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A SUMMER TIKI DRINK WITH ROOT – NEW BLOG POST ON MIXOLOSEUM

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After all the heat in New Orleans and the summer isn´t over yet even though much cooler here than say +37 –  its always welcome with a tikidrink. This post´s theme is a Summer Tiki Drink containing a new product – Root.

Root is spicy and deep and has its origins in root tea which was before the root beer. Its a new pre-prohibition liqueur with deep american roots dubbed “the first true American liqueur since the pre-Prohibition era.” Its made by Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction in partnership with the folks behind Hendrick’s Gin.

Welcome to read my post on a summer tiki drink with Root and sample my recipe over at the Mixoloseum blog.

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ARRIVING IN NEW ORLEANS

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Finally here!

I arrived on the midnight of july 4th and saw some fireworks on my way into the city, so it has been a kick start to the DrinkWrite 2009 and the Tales. Flying in over New Orleans in a beautiful sunset was quite awesome.

Next morning we went to The Museum of the American Cocktail (which i strongly recommend) before hitting the Mixoloseum house on N Rampart which is going to be my home this following week and where some of us CSOWG members are staying. Meeting up with all my fellow cocktail bloggers was amazing and we kicked off with a Sunday Drink Night – a live version of the usual TDN – right at our Mixoloseum bar.

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If you look into the mirror you`ll see three cocktailnerds photographing Stan and the bar.

But don’t think we are lazy here, next morning up at 8 am and the first sessions of the DrinkWrite 2009 held in the French Annex within a comfortable 5 min walk on the other side of Rampart street. The first one was called Community Building as a Cocktail blogger with panelists Jay Hepburn (Oh Gosh!) SeanMike Whipkey (Scofflaws den) Paul Clarke (Cocktail Chronicles) and Camper English (Alcademics)

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One of the topics was why we are blogging – from hobby to a higher level. Anyone can start a cocktail blog which isn´t the same as being an expert on the topic but you`re on the way if you are willing to work hard.

Further topics was how to build the value of your writing/blog in the community among others and to support your local bartender which is one of the best things you can do and to respect their time and their way to do their work. Then we discussed how a blogger can get info about a brand and how to use your blog to bring value to the topic/brand/bar etc..

Other things adviced by Camper for us cocktail bloggers is to consider the importance of using original photos and material as well as not being too wordy, do original experiments and show helpful hints. All good advices.

There were in all four sessions which lasted t 2-2.5 hours heavily focused on practical application of skills and an intimate educational experience for the attendees. The sessions focused on skills and techniques that can be used to improve online writing, self-publishing, and blogging.

The session was very educational and the ambiance and cocktails wonderful. After the seeions were over we all left the house for a while to have lunch. We drove through the quarter to Iris restaurant ay Bienville House hotel which was a very beautiful location for an awesome lunch with fantastic food sponsored by Aperol and and we had some really great and inventive cocktails made by Alan Walter.

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One of the nicest cocktails i ever had containing aperol, cucumber, clementine, brandy, limoncello, pineapple beer aka tepache, and house made strawberry-oak bitters made with oak chips from Old New Orleans Rum distillery and local strawberries.

The next session was led by Darcy O’ Neill (Art of Drink) , Paul Clarke, Matthew Rowley (Rowley’s Whiskey Forge) and Chuck Taggart (Gumbopages) adressing how to improve a cocktail blog’s reach, readability and appeal to a broader audience.

The session lasted for about 2 hrs as well and was just as educational as the first.

The posts here will be fairly short and hopefully frequently updated (i’ll do my best) and probably updated later as well – i’m soon off to the CSOWG member dinner at La Rambla restaurant. Tomorrow i’ll do a cocktail garnish session with Rick Stutz (Kaiserpenguin) and Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove)

See you tomorrow.

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NEW BLOG POST AT THE MIXOLOSEUM BLOG – KAMEHAMEHA RUM PUNCH

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As a part of the montly topics that the members of the CSOWG are writing at the mixoloseum blog i choosed to write about the Kamehameha Rum Punch.This interesting drink recipe is from Sippin`Safari and originates from the Hotel King Kamehameha in Kona, Hawaii, as the origin of the drink around 1960.

But there´s more to the name than that.

I also found a very interesting version called The Kamehameha Mighty Punch.

Kamehameha Punch – an exotic blend of dark and light rums, fresh juices, blackberry brandy and more..

The Mighty Punch is a tasty mix of tropical juices, mango pure, Tahitian limeade and cayenne pepper!

So head over to the Mixoloseum blog to read more about this Royal Punch and the Mighty Punch and sample the recipes and the story about this punch!

There´s something very special and relaxing about a tall tiki drink that once you really feel it – you know it and when the tiki has got that magical grip on you you`re probably hooked for life which isn´t a bad thing.

These are two exotic and tasty tiki drinks you shouldn´t miss.

ABSINTHE TDN

The theme for last week’s Thursday Drink Night was absinthe and sure there were both nano-drops and death pours made with our favorite louching spirit. As voted on by the participants at the Mixoloseum blog,the best cocktail of the evening will win a bottle of Marteau absinthe courtesy of Gwydion Stone.

Its was amazingly quiet the last 2 hours before the TDN started – only to be followed by an eruption of activity which went on until the morning. And as usual there were many fine drinks created as well as more or less imaginative concotions where i think i`m guilty of a few. All the drink recipes are to be found on twitter – http://twitter.com/mixoloseum

Lots of merry discussions along the night and many good laughs, we also had a few newcombers and that is always welcome! And no need to feel shy to join us in the chat room, its a fun and friendly crowd.

Here are a few of the drinks for that night and after trying them out in the TDN i got to the conclusion that “Bitter Fairy” and “Streets of London” are better off with a little bit lower absinthe level than they first had, as the anise easily can become a bit overpowering as its such a strong flavour – so here are the recipes:

BITTER FAIRY

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1 oz campari
1 oz gin
0.5 oz honey-syrup
¼  oz absinthe
¼  oz peach brandy
1 egg white.

Top with bitter lemon soda.Shake, strain,serve up in chilled cocktailglass.Garnish mint and liqorice stick.

STREETS OF LONDON

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¼  oz absinthe
1 oz beefeater gin
1 tsp grenadine
Top with Indian Tonic.

Stir with ice, serve up in cocktail glass. Garnish mint.

LA BELLE EPOQUE-ALYPSE (Drink made by Dr Bamboo –) here is another blog that is a must to check out, if you haven´t yet GO!

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1.5 London dry gin,
0.75 Averna amaro
0.75 Berentzen apfelkorn
0.25 Kubler absinthe
Green cherry if ya got one.
1 good dash Angostura.

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish green cherry.

Every week cocktail bloggers, bartenders, enthusiasts, experts, and novices get together for a virtual cocktail party mixing drinks in real time, tweaking, rearranging etc until the night is gone and well into the morning. Join us every thursday at the TDN!

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Mixoloseum is a creative place!

Join us tonight for the next TDN which is swizzle!

JOIN us this Thursday at the TDN ABSINTHE!

Join us for this weeks Thursday Drink Night featuring absinthe. It will be fun, deadly, and Stutz-tastic!

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Also on Tuesday april 14 on Absinthe: A night with Gwydion, Paul, and Brian. Please join us Tuesday, April 14th, at 7pm (EDT) for a discussion of absinthe and its history, distillation, and current place in cocktail and popular culture. Gwydion Stone and Brian Robinson of the Wormwood Society as well as our own Paul Clarke will be our guests to share their expertise and passion.

Every week cocktail bloggers, bartenders, enthusiasts, experts, and novices get together for a virtual cocktail party mixing drinks in real time, tweaking, rearranging etc until the night is gone and well into the morning. Its tons of fun!

So join me and the rest of the TDN crew this coming Thursday april 16 – 2009 for TDN: Absinthe!

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MOUNT GAY XO TDN !

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TDN Mount Gay was a success!

I wonder if we didn`t break the record yesterday in attendance and probably cocktails too, but people were coming and going so i lost track of how many we were all together. I don`t know how long they continued after i left but when i left the room was still full.

Part of the mixo crew were also doing this TDN live from Vessel with their fine bartenders mixing up our drinks. The whole thing was also live broadcasted by the mixoloseum videocam.

The prize for the best original cocktail of the evening will be provided by Mount Gay. And it’s a bottle of Mount Gay 1703…

Voting is now up at the mixoloseum blog.

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According to Chester Browne, Mount Gay’s head mixologist, the Mount Gay Distilleries was first called Mount Gilboa. After the death of Sir John Gay Alleyne, the company was renamed to honour this caretaker of the plantation. Hence it is now called Mount Gay.

When it comes to the new bottle for Mount Gay XO Chester says: “The product in the bottle is perfect, it is difficult to improve on perfection. We had a King in a shack, we just placed him in a palace”

So its just a new bottle, not a new or changed product. To me the old bottle was sort of “cozy” but didn`t reveal what a premium product it actually held, the new bottle is more of a statement of a premium rum reflecting its class.

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Chet Baker by Jamie Boderau.

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TDN attendance at Vessel.

Luckily all the drinks are on twitter so its easy to go back to get any recipe you like if you feel like mixing up any of the great cocktails that were made. There´s everything from “Kahiki Swell” – ” to “Bridgetown Sling”.

The names of the drinks at the TDN are sometimes as inventive as their content and the fun thing is that the later it gets in the night the wilder the drinks and sometimes the discussions..Unfortunately i was very tired after work yesterday so i only made a few drinks but they were nice all of them. I might make a few more today;-)

I had as usual as everybody else a bunch of drinks and here is one:

BRIDGETOWN SUNSET

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2 oz MGXO

0.5 oz Cointreau

1 tsp vanilla syrup

sprinkle of fresh lime

2 oz fresh blood orange juice.

Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a grilled blood orange slice in the glass.

Mount Gay XO and orange goes very well together, that`s for sure. Maybe i should have added some orange bitters as well?