Humbug: Mixology Monday LXVIII

Wow!  Another Mixology Monday…  I really meant to post another blog inbetween the last  and this one.  We have two that are almost ready, but we just haven’t had them time to finish them off.  I will have another post later this week, but first we must Mix a drink for the upcoming Monday.  (Twist my arm, right?)

This month’s theme is hosted by  JFL of Rated R Cocktails.  (Click here to check out the round up.)  This is what he has to say about his Humbug concept:

Let’s face it the holidays suck… You put yourself in debt buying crap people will have forgotten about in a month. You drive around like a jackass to see people you don’t even like, or worse they freeload in your house… Plus if you work retail, you’re pretty much in hell, so don’t we all deserve a good stiff drink? So for this Mixology Monday unleash your inner Grinch. Mix drinks in the spirit of Anti-Christmas. They can be really bitter and amaro filled. They can be filled with enough booze to make you pass out in a tinsel-covered Scrooge heap. They could be a traditional holiday drink turned on its ear. Or they could be a tribute to your favorite holiday villain. If you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then you still suffer through the holidays, so feel free to join in with your Anti-Holiday drink as well…

In light of this and after a weekend of baking cookies, I felt a break from the sweet was in order.  Spice – A perfect foil to the sweet candy-coated season.  But none of that baking spice would do.  I knew in an instant it must be Saint Sriracha.

Mmmm Sriracha!

Mmmm Sriracha!

That jolly ol’ red rooster ready to light up the dark night of winter.  To further push away the chill in the air,  we added some ginger, mole bitters, and a helping of summery citrus.

However, I may have stumbled a little with the addition of a seasonally inspired simple syrup…

Either way, what we have is a definitively spicy, yet balanced cocktail that warms you up and inspires a bit of cheer, in spite of itself.  In much the same way, Scrooge and the Grinch eventually come around and embrace the holiday season which admittedly, can often lose its own way in the hustle and bustle.

Without further adieu,

Jolly ol' Rooster's Little Helpers

Jolly ol’ Rooster’s Little Helpers

Jolly Ol’ Red Rooster

2 oz  Anejo Rum (We used Flor de Cana 7 year, but silver rum will work too.)

1/2 oz  Cranberry-Orange-Ginger Syrup (See recipe below)

1/4 oz  Curacao (We used Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao)

1/2 oz  Lime Juice

7 drops Sriracha

2 dashes Bitterman’s Xocolatl Mole Bitters

1 Cranberry

Garnish with flamed Lime Peel and a Cranberry

Please, disregard the blatant holiday cheer in the background.

Please, disregard the blatant holiday cheer on the left.

Combine all ingredients except the garnish, of course, in a shaker tin.  Add ice and shake it.

Shake it like you mean it.

Shake it like you mean it.

Double strain into a cocktail glass, flame your lime peel and garnish.

The Double Strain in action.

The Double Strain in action.

COG (Cran-Orange-Ginger) Syrup

Didn't actually put sriracha in the syrup.  Don't let it fool you... Tricky rooster...

Didn’t actually put sriracha in the syrup. Don’t let it fool you… Tricky rooster…

1/2 C  Turbinado Sugar

1/2 C  Water

1/4 C  Cranberries

Peel of half a large Orange

1 t  Fresh Ginger, sliced

Simmer 3-5 mins

Simmer 3-5 mins

In a small sauce pan, dissolve the sugar in the water over medium-high heat.  Once the sugar has pretty much dissolved add the cranberries, orange peel and ginger.  Bring to a boil.  When all of the cranberries have “popped” reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes, then strain out the solids into a clean jar of some sort.

Jolly Ol' Red Rooster

Jolly Ol’ Red Rooster

After drinking a round of these, we felt the only right thing to do was make enchiladas!

Yum!

Yum!

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7 responses to “Humbug: Mixology Monday LXVIII

  • Heather

    This was an es-picy post! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yum. I sure hope that JFL of Rated R Cocktails soon figures out you can skip seeing the people you don’t like (yes! even if they are RELATED to you by BLOOD!), stop buying crap and bake gifts instead. AND still feel justified in imbibing cocktail treats. 🙂

    • the3archers

      Very true. Much of the holiday spirit is squandered in the rush to buy, and meet obligations. The key to enjoying this time of year (anytime of year, for that matter) really is knowing when to say no, take a break and do your own thing. I know you’re not supposed to say it, but a little, not a lot mind you, just a little selfishness to do what you want to do can be a great gift to yourself. Otherwise, you get stressed and tired out trying to fit in every possible function, gathering, event, etc. and then you just become broke and bitter. I’d rather be broke and cheerful!

      • Heather

        Aye, verily!!! I’d rather be rich and cheerful — all in good time. All. In. Good. Time. PS I think we need to re-frame this idea of doing what you want as selfish. It’s no less selfish for other people to want a piece of us all of the time (we are SO IN DEMAND!). 😉

        (Oh, and I totally get that in my case, it’s only my kids anyone wants a piece of. They are welcome to get pieces throughout the year… babysitting, anyone?)

      • the3archers

        Agreed. All in good time.

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