A night of drinking can really get geologists thinking. …Thinking about geology. …and thinking about more drinks.
Such was the case a few months ago when @Glacial_till, @Seismogenic, and I were enjoying cocktails at a NW Portland bar. Though we are, none of us, mixologists, we became enamored of the idea of creating our own geologically themed drinks. Thus the concept for January’s Accretionary Wedge was born: On the Rocks: Geo-brews and Geo-Cocktails.
It’s the holiday season. You’ll be drinking anyway. Why not take the opportunity to bring your love of geology to the tumbler or martini glass? We challenge you to devise your own beverage concoction based on some geological theme. Name a martini after a mountain range! Mix a cocktail based on the cryosphere! Brew a beer inspired by a batholith.
We’re giving you plenty of time. This AW will be published in mid-January, so you’ve got more than a month to perfect your creation and make a blog post about the recipe. Once you’ve done so, please provide a link to your geo-cocktail blog post in the comments here so that Ryan, Julian and I can see it. One of us will host the final carnival post when your submissions are in. Alternatively, if you have an idea, but don’t have a blog to post it on, just post the recipe and description in the comments below & we’ll be sure to highlight your idea in the official AW #54 post.
Don’t think that your drink has to be alcoholic, though! We want each of you to find your own way to participate whether or not you are able or choose to imbibe spirits.
To get your creative juices flowing, here’s an example cocktail created by yours truly:
The Magma Chamber (a spicy take on a traditional Manhattan)
- 2.0 oz Rye Whiskey
- 0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 0.5 oz Chili Pepper Infused Simple Syrup (see video for instructions)
- Dash of Angostura Bitters
Mix the above ingredients with ice, then strain into a martini glass. Serve as is or with an optional cherry garnish (a.k.a. a xenolith).
Good luck to all of you! We look forward to drinking to your success.
And also, please keep in mind that there is still a December Accretionary Wedge being planned by @lockwooddewitt at Outside the Interzone, so don’t neglect that one! We just wanted to make sure that you have plenty of time for the creative process for January’s wedge.