Saturday, February 28, 2009

Society Rules of Engagement


Society Meeting
Date: Friday, February 27th
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Bar Ware, Herndon

Subject: The subject of our first meeting shall be the Mojito. There shall be no mixes. Classic interpretations or modern alternatives are to be explored.

The Rules:
(1) There are no losers, for we will all be drinking.
(2) Mixologists must prepare a minimum of four cocktail portions, to allow for enough judges, and perhaps to share with observers.
(3) Each Mixologist will score all drinks except his/her own creation.
(4) Each Mixologist must provide his own ingredients and any special equipment.
(5) Each drink must have a name (see also 6.c.) and a written recipe provided for the Archives of the Society.
(6) Scoring shall be as follows (cards will be provided by The Society). A drink may receive a maximum score of 10, comprised of:
a. Taste: 1 – 6 Points
b. Presentation: 1-3 Points
c. Shizzle: 0 – 1 Point (shizzle accounts for unique ingredients, drink production , drink name, etc.)

Hosts shall provide bar ingredients, equipment, glasses, etc. However if your presentation (6.b) or production (6.c) require something unique, BYO.

For inspiration, see Mixology Monday on the interwebs:

Mixology Monday, aka MxMo

The Society Charter

After a motion duly made and seconded, this past Wednesday in the year of our Lord 2009 in the place of the Ice House of Herndon; we do hereby form the Classic Cocktails Society. Said society, hereafter referred to simply as “The Society”, shall meet as its members see fit, from time to time, though no less than once each month or more than twice in a given month.

Membership may be expanded as we see fit. Guests may be welcome as we see fit.

Our charter is simple. The Society shall celebrate the cocktail in all its glory. Through careful research, experimentation, hard work, the finest ingredients, the spirit of competition and camaraderie, and the inevitable hang-over, we shall revive the art and grandeur of the cocktail.

Beer is fine, wine is too. But the cocktail is the highest form of liquid nourishment; nourishing the soul, that is. But too many are the "insert spirit" and tonic, "insert spirit" and soda, "insert spirit" and coke, and other such simple drinks purveyed by modern day bar slingers. We can do better. We must reach higher. We must strive for more.

These words, written in 1939 by the great Charles Baker, serve as our inspiration:

We are still heartily of the opinion that decent libation supports as many million lives as it threatens; donates pleasure and sparkle to more lives than it shadows; inspires more brilliance in the world of art, music, letters, and common ordinary intelligent conversation, than it dims.

-- Charles Baker, The Gentlemen’s Companion

And so it is written. And so it shall be. And so it begins.