Here it is: the 2016 version of the Elemental Mixology Tool Kit.
I am pleased to announce that by getting lucky with finding some of the key items at much lower cost (but not at lower quality), I was able to cram more items into the current kit without having to raise the price. I don’t know how long all of the items will be available at the current prices though. If you want one, purchase it now!
The 2016 edition of the Elemental Mixology book is now available (but not yet on Amazon).
The new drink family in this edition is the Jalopy.
If you are enrolled in a class or course that is yet to start, you will be getting the new edition.
Everyone else… get your copy now!
After much work and a lot of double-checking, I am happy to say that Elemental Mixology’s Traditional American Mixology Self-Test is up and running.
This 100-question test is totally anonymous and no score is calculated. It is available only as a private way for someone to check the knowledge against traditional, American mixology.
This is not an easy test. It also contains the results of some very up-to-date scholarship. If you are an Elemental Mixology alumus or alumna and any of the questions fail to make sense to you, feel free to send me a request for clarification.
This morning, as I arrived at the NipJoint (the Elemental Mixology bar), I discovered a little key in the mailbox. That key opened a parcel box a few feet away. Inside was a package from a coreligionist and friend in the Los Angeles area. Inside that package was a bounty of citrus. Most of it is citrus that I would not ever be able to purchase fresh from any source in Oregon.
Thank you, Rob!
There was a big bag of Seville bitter oranges! This is really a very nice thing to have. Palmetto Punches will be made during this weekend’s class sessions. That should leave enough to do some more Palmetto Punches within a week or so, and then to make up some authentic ‘al pastor‘ marinade can it or freeze it.
I am pleased that two Fred Meyer locations in Portland (west Burnside and northeast Glisan) carry Marsh grapefruit in their commercial season of winter. But, I was really happy to find some Marsh grapefruits in this generous box that are not already mushy and too sweet.
I am also really looking forward to playing with the oranges from Swaziland!
Thank you, again, and happy new year, Rob!
Happy new year to all of you!
Here is one positive consequence of the fact that most so-called ‘craft cocktail’ bar-tenders and enthusiasts are followers in the herd of BarSmarts-educated coupe users: I can usually walk into any Goodwill in Portland and find pre-prohibition specification glassware.
In Portland — where mixological mono-culture seems especially severe — neglected, absolutely-traditional glassware is gathering dust in thrift stores.
Who the f*ck cares that coupes are rare in Portlandia’s Goodwill stores when you can find authentic [from left to right, above] cocktail goblets, daisy goblets, sour goblets, cordial goblets and eggnog goblets?
Let us hope that the non-diverse, coupe-kudzu, bar-borg don’t catch on until those of us in the know have sniped all the low-price gems like these!
One final Master Mixology Course has been added for 2015!
It starts on the 28th and wraps up in two weeks.
One more Introductory Mixology Class for 2015 has also been added that starts next week.
Check out the Elemental Mixology Calendar.
The Elemental Mixology Tool Kit is back in stock. They make great holiday gifts!