Mixology Monday

Mixology Monday Announcement: The Smash

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.

3.   Add the MxMo logo to your post with a link to both the Mixology Monday website and back here at Stacy Markow.

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


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    July 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Great theme, will start experimenting asap.

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      July 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Thank you! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    Christopher Bevins
    July 16, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    I always miss these deadlines… How in the world did I manage to be the first to post this time?!

    Anyways, here’s my contribution; thanks for hosting such a great theme!


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      July 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Thanks for contributing. I’m looking forward to adding Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa to my list of throat remedies.

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      Mike Bonfanti
      July 22, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      Love the name of your creation! As soon as I read this month’s theme, “Hulk, smash!” (in his voice) played in my mind. #Dork

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    The Gin Is In (@TheGinisIn)
    July 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Fun theme! Thanks for hosting, really enjoyed the Concept. Smashing various combinations of fruits and herbs was surprisingly therapeutic!

    Here’s my entry: The Midnight Sun cocktail

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      July 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Thanks so much for hosting. I adore Aquavit and have everything on hand to make this. I’m planning to try it soon.

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    Mike Bonfanti
    July 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I love love love this theme. It is so much fun! Here is my contribution for this month, the Nectarine Basil Smash:


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      July 23, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Sounds delicious Mike! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Frederic Yarm
    July 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Stacy, thanks for hosting! Here’s my entry:

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    July 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Our entries for this month. The Hail Notos and the Waggle Dance. http://wp.me/p2Kswh-Ar Thanks for choosing a fun theme!

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    July 27, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Hello Stacy! Thanks for hosting – here is my contribution to this soiree! http://www.thebartenderess.com/?p=94 Thanks for including me!!

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Hi there Stacy – thanks for hosting! Here is the link to my post for this month’s MxMo:



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    July 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Thank you for hosting, perfect idea for the season!


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    July 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I had many plans but only managede one smash, so here is my contribution:

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    Laura Cloer
    July 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Introducing the Sylvan Smash. Thank you so much for hosting this month! Great theme!


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    July 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Such lovely drinks everyone has made! My first attempt at a smash myself. Thanks for hosting! http://ratedrcocktails.com/2014/07/28/smashing/

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    July 28, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Thanks for hosting, the challenge was fun. Here is my entry, the Gascon Smash.


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    July 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    A trip to the Farmers’ Market, a little on the spot inspiration, and you have The Marinara Smash at Southern Ash! http://southernash.com/2014/07/mxmo-marinara-smash/

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    Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen
    July 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Hi Stacy! Thanks – here’s my semi-last minute contribution. http://www.snowflakekitchen.com/2014/07/mxmo-lxxxvii-shiro-plum-rye-smash/

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    bibulo.us (@bibulous)
    July 28, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Thanks for hosting, Stacy! Here’s a quick little tribute smash, The Lion’s Nose

    Oh for a crushed ice machine at home!

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      Mike Bonfanti
      July 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Seriously! I put my ice in a freezer bag and beat it with a pint glass on the back steps. Low budget….

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    K. Muse (@MuseOfDoom)
    July 28, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    What a great theme for the famers markets this year. Thanks for hosting! Here’s the Gussied-Up Rye-pirinha. http://feu-de-vie.blogspot.com/2014/07/mixology-monday-july-2014-smash.html

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Loved this theme! Here’s my entry and thanks for hosting!


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