Monday, January 19, 2009
MxMo : The Mekhong Wagtail
The Mekong Wagtail (Motacilla samveasnae) is a species of bird in the Motacillidae family. It is found in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist shrubland and rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss. The species was recently described in 2001.
So for this MxMo I played around with spirits that I had on my shelves but had not been using at all.
Mekhong is a special blend of 35 degree liquor, a product of Bangyikhan Distillery, the first distillery in Thailand. Mekhong was first produced in 1941 when the Excise Department's main aim then was to produce a Thai liquor with a high standard of production and taste to replace imported products. It also underwent extensive development in appearance, production process and taste from 1943 to 1946.
Originally distilled from sake, Soju was a drink reserved for royalty. A distillation of sweet potatoes, rice, barley, or other grains. Soju tastes like vodka or gin, but it's easier to drink because of the lower alcohol content. Made from pure spring water and triple distilled, it's incredibly smooth.
I also decided to cold brew some Jade oolong tea and add that to the mix.
So the drink is the Mehkong Wagtail:
1 oz Mekhong
1 oz cold jade oolong tea
.5 oz Saan Soju
.5 oz Lemon juice
1 barspood Orgeat syrup
2 barspoons realgrenadine
Shake and serve in a snifter. Garnish with a long lemon peel and pineapple wedge.
Also in the broadening my horizons end I am going to take an interest on tiki drinks.