Mixology Monday XXIII: Brandy

January 15th, 2008  |  Published in brandy, calvados, MxMo, pisco, recipes, rum  |  13 Comments

Welcome! I’m very excited to be the host of this month’s MxMo, which features one of my favorite wintertime spirits. When Paul asked me to host I was excited but I hadn’t settled on a theme. Should I choose a spirit? If so, something obscure like pimento dram or arrack? Something brand new and sexy, like absinthe? Should I make everyone mix drinks using only four ingredients? Come up with a (hopefully) clever theme? Make everyone use beer in their drinks? Make everyone use Jack Daniels?

In the end, I decided that using JD would just be ornery, and that simplicity is the better part of creativity. And, really, the grape helped me make up my mind—it is a pretty amazing fruit. Aside from the varieties that we grow to eat, there are three katrillion more that are used in viticulture, a discipline which has been in practice since roughly 300BCE, just about the time that writing was invented and humanity was organizing into city-states. Just last year researchers finished mapping the genome of the pinot noir grape, which has an astonishing 30,000 genes in its DNA (for comparison, your DNA contains between 20,000 and 25,000).

It will take years to sort out what all this new information means for viticulture, but in the meantime we have thousands of years of history growing, fermenting, distilling and aging our friend the grape. And that doesn’t even take into account the apples, cherries, plums, pears or any other fruits that yield the liquor(s) we know as brandy.

So bring on the brandy—and pisco, eau de vie, calvados, kirschwasser, cognac, armagnac, or grappa—for Mixology Monday XXIII!

And lastly, I took advantage of citrus season and posted the Canario Pisco Orange, which sums up Mixology Monday XXIII. Thank you so much to everyone who participated, to Paul for letting me host this month and to Erik for being my eGullet connection. Skol!

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  1. anita says:

    January 15th, 2008at 8:49 am(#)

    Wow, what a roundup! It just gets bigger and better every time :) Thanks for being the hostess with with mostest

  2. Mixology Monday: Brandy at My Brilliant Mistakes | Cynthia Closkey’s blog says:

    January 15th, 2008at 8:51 am(#)

    [...] Here is Marleigh’s summary of all the posts for MxMo 23. Twenty-nine at the current count! Watch out for a worldwide dip in brandy availability now that [...]

  3. Jimmy says:

    January 15th, 2008at 9:13 am(#)

    Thanks for hosting, what a great list!

  4. Ian Osmond says:

    January 15th, 2008at 9:34 am(#)

    Did my email to you get lost? I thought I’d submitted a Mixology Monday post, as well . . .

    Anyway, it’s:
    and is about slivovitz.

  5. Marleigh says:

    January 15th, 2008at 9:37 am(#)

    Ian, it appears your email didn’t make it through, but you’re in there now!

  6. Dood (Matt R.) says:

    January 15th, 2008at 12:06 pm(#)

    Thanks for hosting this month!


  7. scomorokh says:

    January 15th, 2008at 2:53 pm(#)

    Many thanks for hosting and your job. Roundup was nice!

  8. SLOSHED! » Blog Archive » Canario Pisco Orange says:

    January 15th, 2008at 5:10 pm(#)

    [...] I had thoughts about doing a post on Pisco Punch for this Mixology Monday. Pisco is an unusual sort of brandy and I find it fascinating to work with, as it reminds me more [...]

  9. gwen sutherland kaiser says:

    January 15th, 2008at 6:55 pm(#)

    hi marleigh…. wow, who knew that about the pinot noir grape, that is so cool… well, thanks for hosting, gwen

  10. The Cocktail Chronicles » Blog Archive » Bring It On, Apricot-Style says:

    January 16th, 2008at 12:59 am(#)

    [...] as I was preparing for Mixology Monday came a reminder that I have another blog event I need to step up for: the third installment of [...]

  11. Cakespy says:

    January 20th, 2008at 6:59 pm(#)

    How have I never seen this blog before!?!? You are so cool! I love this Mixology Monday. I feel buzzed just reading!

  12. Tiki Drinks & Indigo Firmaments » Blog Archive » I’m Alive! says:

    January 23rd, 2008at 12:53 am(#)

    [...] flu in nearly a decade. I lost nearly a week’s time in delirium, completely sleeping through Mixology Monday. I’m still coughing and weak. I did manage to spread the love with my friends and family, [...]

  13. The Cocktail Chronicles » Blog Archive » Mixology Monday says:

    February 7th, 2008at 11:59 pm(#)

    [...] MxMoXXIII – January 14, 2008 Host: SLOSHED! Topic: Brandy Roundup Permalink: Brandy [...]

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