Posted by: kentauros | January 16, 2014

Mixology Adventure

Just got a few things in a mail/UPS this morning. Some videos (including a version of Fantasia that keeps the original score and narration), and a book I had wanted for a while: Sippin’ Safari by Jeff Berry. I had also started reading the Rum section of an ebook: Ultimate Bar Book – The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails. Another book en route is “Atomic Cocktails.”

Now, before everyone thinks I’ve turned into a lush with all these books on mixology, the latter is the reason for it. A good friend’s birthday is coming up at the end of the month, and I’d like to at least know a little bit about mixing a good cocktail. Because that’s one thing in my cooking and baking/pastry repertoire that I’ve never understood: how to mix a drink.

Sure, anyone can follow a recipe, yet mixology is more than that, much like cooking by intuition. Baking can get like mixology in that you may start with a known recipe and then tweak it into something else. What I’m hoping to learn (beyond some fun history about mixology in the Pacific and Caribbean over the decades) is some of the understanding behind mixing. It will also help me use my set of cocktail dice better, so as to have a good idea of amounts, something that is missing from the directions. My intuition on that part is sorely lacking, and needs improvement.

It should be fun, and if nothing else, I’ll learn some history about it all, such as what I’ve read about the beginning of rum and why it’s so tied to the Caribbean. Maybe I’ll even learn enough to make a new drink and call it a Centaur 😉

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