After a fun few weeks getting to know the pineapple, July will be my very first foray into hosting the only consistent blog topic on this site, Mixology Monday.
I’m proud to announce that July’s theme is all about the Smash, those ice-laden, refreshing concoctions designed to celebrate my favorite things about life: stiff drinks and warm weather.
It’s no surprise that in 1862 Jerry Thomas was the first to declare that “the Smash is simply a julep on a small plan.” The drink originally gets its name from the way mint was smashed up in the shaking process.
Fast forward twenty-five or so years later and barman Harry Johnson addresses the Smash as a separate cocktail from the julep entirely and expands the components to include “fruits in season.”
What little was originally written about the Smash can lead most to believe it wasn’t a terribly popular beverage, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to David Wondrich, the author of Imbibe!
“From it’s first appearance in the mid 1840’s until after the Civil War, the Smash was just about the most popular thing going. In the 1850’s, at the height of the Smash’s popularity, all the “pert young men, ” the Broadway dandies, San Francisco swells, and junior New Orleans grandissimes, seemed to spend the warm months of the year with a Smash glued to one hand and a “segar” to the other. In fact, the Smash rather became an icon of dissipation”
Johnson’s smashes resemble many modern interpretations found on cocktail menus today. With that said, the basic elements of the drink have remained the same over the years: they always include a spirit base, lots of ice, fresh herbs (the most popular being mint), sugar, and seasonal fruit.
Let’s get ultra creative, smash things, and then drown them in alcohol and ice. Allow your creativity take flight and concoct sweet and/or savory combos to remember using any fruit or herbs you can get your hands on. Make your Smash and share it one of three ways with us!
Here’s how to participate:
1. Create an original Smash cocktail.
2. Post the recipe on your blog, or if you don’t have one, you can post it on the egullet’s spirit and cocktail forum thread here with a photo, recipe, and thoughts of your drink.
4. Submit a link to your post here in the comments of this announcement post.
5. Posts must be submitted by midnight on Monday, July 28, 2014.
I really can’t wait to see what all of you come up with. Without further adieu, let’s get smashed!
*featured image courtesy of thevivant.com