On Kitchen Experiments

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Sometimes when you set up an experiment and execute it, everything goes according to plan and it comes out exactly as you wanted.  Other times, not so much.  I guess I have a tendency to set high expectations for these types of things and will formulate the image of what I want it to be.  The longer I have to think about it, the higher my expectations get.  Today was one of those days where I didn’t exactly live up to what I expected.

The idea came from seeing a picture of Jordan enjoying a mexican bulldog while out one night.  I had never heard nor seen one these before and immediately became intrigued.  Then, it hit me, I could combine this with one of my favorite beers of summer 2011, the Dogfish Head Festina Peche.  JP forwarded me this recipe from How Sweet Eats and I set this weekend as my date.  I talked about it all week long, dreamt of it, pondered it, etc.  It was going to be epic.  I ran to the store today and got everything needed.  I was pumped.

I followed the recipe exactly and along the way there were some warning flags, but I will get to that soon.  When it was all done, I was underwhelmed.  I got really irritated (with myself) and angrily washed the dishes before even trying the final product.  It wasn’t my most rational moment and after finally getting over my idiocy, I decided to dress it up and give it a try.


And you know what?  These taste pretty damn good.  Not exactly peachy, but still summery and margarita-y enough to enjoy.  I will point out what went wrong with this idea and where I plan to fix it with take II:

  1. The syrup was not a syrup.  When the simple syrup fully cooled, it did not have the viscosity of what I consider syrup.  It was pretty much still sugar-water.  The chemist in me should have been screaming, but somehow I missed it.  Next try I will reduce the water or let some boil off.
  2. Because of the water not being syrup, the peaches separated “out of solution” shortly after being blended.
  3. The ice we have is not conducive to making blended margaritas.  Instead it blended then melted and watered it down a little.  Next time I will acquire a bag of ice instead of the crappy cubes we make.  This will make a difference, trust me.

At least I have a plan of action for the next round.  ;)  This is still a really good recipe and with some tweaking I am sure I will have it nailed down!  Off to finish my drink (and maybe make a second… after dinner of course).  Cheers!

7 thoughts on “On Kitchen Experiments

    • I had ridiculous expectations, and they have now been met thanks to some last minute rethinking for the second batch. I am still congested, but no headaches/death feelings! Yay! :D

  1. Just call it a learning experience!! I had one of those this morning with OIAJ… Good but I know they could be better:-)

  2. At least it wasn’t a total fail. I am really bad about setting up high expectations too. I know exactly how it’s supposed to look and taste and get really stressed when it doesn’t go according to plan.

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