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Charred Memories for MxMo LXXVI

17 Aug

mxmologoIt’s a searing, steaming, scorching hot August here in Italy, and no climate could be more fitting for this month’s MxMo theme: FIRE!!
This time we have the honor of being led by Muse of Doom, one of the most talented bloggers in the booze-blogging universe, and here you can read all about the chosen theme. Make sure you pay her a visit every once in a while, because not only does she come up with great recipes and even better names, but she’s probably the most active person on the net in spreading other people’s word around.. a true Muse of this movement!!
I was worried about not having enough time to contribute, given that I spent my past two weeks on holidays, but luckily I managed to find some spare time as soon as I got back home, so fire away!!

CHARRED MEMORIES
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Honeyfruit

24 Jun

Last month I had a lot of fun at the Disaronno Mixing Star casting in Milan, with my cocktail Mr. Wolf, unfortunately I didn’t make to the Amsterdam Final, but it was a great experience nonetheless, and a great honor to be selected among the 40 Italian finalists. I had the chance to meet many talented professionals, tasted great drinks, and I was relieved to see that almost all the participants were following international mixology trends and techniques. I wish I could make time to visit all these great guys, but unfortunately, although Italy is a rather small country, travelling trough it can be expensive and tedious. Hopefully by the end of this year I’ll manage to check out one or two cool bars, and I will make sure to keep you readers posted.
Now to the subject of todays’ post: I have recently discovered that Beefeater is holding a worldwide competition for their Beefeater 24 gin, and to keep my new year resolution in check, I am going to submit a drink and try to get to the final.

HONEYFRUIT
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Bourbon and Paprika? Really?

30 May

Last night I was working and it was a fairly busy shift, but it was two of us behind the bar, so I got time to relax a little and try out few new ideas. We got few new bottles delivered recently, among those a new Maker’s Mark, and I decided it was about time we tested them.
After a couple of Americano, just to relax my mind, and several new vodkas (tried with and without tonic), I opted for something similar to an Old Fashioned, but with a bit more afterdinner vibe.

ITEM N°20
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Rosemary Glory for MxMo LXIII

16 May

It’s time for another Mixology Monday event, and this month the booze-blogging community is led by the very talented Mark Holmes of Cardiff Cocktails (please spend some time in reading his other posts, as this fellow is one of the most clever professional you can find in the web). The theme chosen by Mark is “Witches Garden”, and as it often happens, it’s a topic that I love. I’ve always loved playing with herbs, I found that they can add many little nuances to a drink and they always give an exotic feeling to the cocktail.
For this MxMo I decided to use rosemary, which grows abundantly around my house, and a new homemade gentiane liqueur that I purchased few weeks ago.

Rosemary Glory

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Veggie Trifecta for MxMo LXXII

12 Apr

Spring should be in the air by now, but in reality all we are getting here in Verona is cold weather and rain. While we wait for the sunshine to come, we might as well get busy creating a drink or two.
Few months ago I had the idea of starting a little veggie program, meaning that I wanted to come up with some recipes, combining vegetables and booze. Weeks passed by, and although some good new drinks were discovered, I never had “time” to put those recipes in writing. Fortunately, Rowen of the Fogged In Lounge came to the rescue, choosing a great theme for this month Mixology Monday: Drink Your Veggies. Now, there is one thing that makes me sit down and start writing every month, and that is MxMo, so for this roundup I decided to present three veggie-based recipes: two from last year along with a brand new one, because writing a MxMo article without a new drink feels like arriving at a party bringing along half drank bottles of wine…
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Let’s start with something I came up with few months ago.

“The Green Wiseman”

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