Mix Shake Stir May 13, 2009
From the looks of this photo, you'd think that I've been sitting on a porch being International Woman of Leisure drinking cocktails in a rocking chair. Quite the contrary. Work has been blissfully busy. The creative juices are flowing on some really great projects…and my personal life is beaming in beautiful rays of awesomeness that are filling in the spaces in-between.
Through all of the chaos and hustle & bustle, I got an email from the publishers of Danny Meyer's new book, Mix Shake Stir
. As a fan of mixology – how great is it to start a meal with a mindblowing cocktail? – I jumped at the chance to review the book.
Let me tell you – it's swoonworthy. The photography is gorgeous. The writing is engaging. It explains the powers of using a recipe for a drink as you would a dish and the benefits of precision in your cocktails. There is even a section of great bar snacks. Recipes are diverse and there is something for everyone. I opened a page and saw a recipe for something I had lying around the house – a pint of kumquats I snagged from a shoot. The Kumquat Mojito is tart, sweet, refreshing and light. Try it – you won't be disappointed.
I will be giving away 3 copies of Mix Shake Stir via Twitter in a fun way. Be friends with runwithtweezers and send your favorite drink recipe in 140 characters or less (make sure you send me a DM to let me know!). The best 3 Twit-recipes will win a copy of the book. Winners will be chosen on Monday, May 18th!
Kumquat Mojitos – makes one drink – recipe originally found in MixShakeStir by Danny Meyer
- 2 1/2 kumquats, halved
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- 2 oz. white rum, preferably Myers's
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 oz. Simple Syrup
– Muddle the kumquats and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and the rum, lime juice and simple syrup and shake vigorously. Pour the contents – including the fruit and mint – into a Collins glass and serve.