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 
  • ice 
  • 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.  


Theresa May 14, 2009 04:05 pm

Tweeted my recipe for a Fuzzy Navel, still trying to figure out the DM part. BTW, terrific blog!

Russ May 14, 2009 08:05 pm

“Ill Danube”
NB – Must be consumed in crumbling hotel bar built during ‘soviet realist’ period. Surly waitress.
Several shots of apricot palinka. Chase each with champagne.
I went for a job interview the next day and the guy asked me ‘You’re sweating – are you okay?’

Stacey May 17, 2009 02:05 pm

That sounds so delicious! I love any kind of mojito.

Allen A. Wheeler May 18, 2009 04:05 pm

This kumquat mojito is certainly out there! I love your spirit of adventure. I will try the drink and check out the book. Thank you!

Penny De Los Santos May 18, 2009 08:05 pm

really lovely post, it’s really great to see your work here. My only regret is we don’t live closer and therefore can’t make photographs together!
Damn, damn, damn…

brilynn May 23, 2009 06:05 am

Love mojitos and the addition of kumquats sounds awesome!

Preston May 28, 2009 01:05 pm

That drink looks really tasty. Unfortunately, I don’t Twitter. I don’t even know how to twitter. Since I don’t Twitter, I am supplying you with a link to my famous Sangria recipe. This recipe only weeks if the Sangria is marinated for at least 24 hours!

The Duo Dishes Jun 19, 2009 01:06 pm

You have a great site. This is quite a cocktail! We may have missed the giveaway, but this cocktail is well received.

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