Ever thought about mixing-up something that’s new-to-you, but wanted to see if anyone in your mixological blogroll has had anything to say about it? Needed information about a particular ingredient? Wondered what members of the eGullet, Drinkboy, and Webtender forums had opined on a given topic? Rather than running a load of single searches on each site, or an internet-wide search whose returns are likely to be filled with cruft, try searching the Mixosphere.
Google’s relatively new Co-op service allows the creation of custom search engines, limited to (or just weighted in favor of) specified sites. The Mixosphere Search is a custom search tool that targets not just the sites in the Slakethirst blogroll, but most of the sites in other drinksbloggers’ link collections as well. If you read it (or write it) for cocktail-related information, the Mixosphere Search probably searches it. If it doesn’t, you can add sites yourself (that’s the co-op part, though you’ll need a Google account to contribute).
Some aspects of the tool could use a bit of refining yet — CocktailDB’s “related drinks” listings tend to skew recipe results in its favor, for example — but it’s still pretty handy. Give it a try:
I’ve been checking up on the doings of Max Sparber, playwright, journalist, filmmaker,
refugee internally-displaced person, and onetime editor/ contributor/ publisher/ whateverer of The Daily Lush. Sadly, the DL isn’t getting much love from Max and Courtney these days; on the other hand, Max’s pierced and tattooed ventriloquist’s dummy, Sailor Martin, is full of cocktail mixing advice. Weirdly, Martin has always reminded me of a youngish Frank Sinatra … it’s in the eyes or the cheekbones, not sure which.
Be he bastard of the Chairman or no, check out Sailor Martin’s mixological short film. If not exactly instructive (I doubt that the Captain’s Mooseknuckle or the Severs?? Dee-Lightt will ever pass my lips) it’s definitely cautionary.
I stumbled across an interesting collection of photomicrography when browsing through del.icio.us today. Intrepid scientists and students at Florida State University use liquid nitrogen to freeze cocktails into a crystalline state, then take extremely close-up images. The results of the project are assembled in their gallery’s Cocktail Collection.
Converted to the most delicious of snowflakes, microscopic Martinis prove strangely similar to sea fans, while straight Rye borders on the geographic, Whiskey Sours resemble sheaves of wheat, and a Piña Colada is like nothing so much as a collection of moths’ wings.
By way of other distractions, there’s a gallery of beers of the world, and, for the further edification of the curious, their well-known photographs of engravings on microchips.
We are pleased to note, albeit somewhat tardily, the advent of The Daily Lush, a new blogzine about matters drink-related which appears to have emerged fully-formed from the collective skull of its creators last month. True to its name, DL is updated with a fresh, meaty article daily… impressive, and not a pace to which we would dare aspire. There’s not much background on the feverishly productive duo responsible, but Max Sparber and Courtney Mault, denizens of New Orleans, claim authorship on alternate days..
Update: [04/01/08] We note, belatedly, the passing of The Daily Lush. Katrina seemed to take the wind from her sails, and Sparber… well, the grass doesn’t grow under his feet. The man is an industry unto himself.