On Kitchen Experiments
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. Scott was pretty excited, too.
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. Scott really enjoyed it and didn’t get my frustration with my perceived failure of the whole thing, and maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. I will point out what went wrong with this idea and where I plan to fix it with take II:
- 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.
- Because of the water not being syrup, the peaches separated “out of solution” shortly after being blended.
- 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!