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After-Dinner Old Fashioned

After-Dinner Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite cocktail.  In the drink’s purest form, whiskey, bitters, and sugar combine to create something utterly sublime.  The whole is decidedly greater than the sum of the parts.

But even better than a pure, old-fashioned Old Fashioned cocktail is the construct of the Old Fashioned.  Broaden the range of spirits, change up the bitters and/or sweetener, incorporate some fruit, and you have a virtually endless palate with which to create.

This particular interpretation hews reasonably close to the original.  It maintains the bourbon base but eschews traditional (and wonderful) Angostura bitters in favor of deep, complex Aztec Chocolate bitters from Fee Brothers.  A grilled peach slice, muddled with a bit of simple syrup, contributes both the necessary sweetness while adding further complexity.  It is, at least to me, dessert in a glass.

Enjoy after dinner, midday, or whenever you want something rich, sweet, and boozy. And don’t forget to eat the muddled, boozy peach!

After-Dinner Old Fashioned
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After-Dinner Old Fashioned
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1 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 2 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine peach, bitters, and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Muddle.
  2. Fill mixing glass with ice and bourbon. Stir well.
  3. Strain into rocks glass with clean ice. Large cubes or spheres are preferable.
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The Highlight Reel: 18-24 July 2016

I’m terrible at blogging.

I figured I should get the God’s-honest truth out of the way, so there you have it.  I am an abysmal blogger.  I find things to write about, and then I forget to actually do so.  Oops, double oops, triple oops, etc.

Let’s try to change that.

I’m seeking to resume my weekly compendium of (hopefully) interesting crap I found on the Interwebs this week and things that I did.  If you see something particularly interesting, send it to me. Your effort will be my motivation!

NOTE: I started writing this six weeks ago. The failure continues.

Okay, on to the actual.

My grandfather, the original Edward Dudlik, turned 91 this week!  He’s a smart, caring, generous sole whose continued existence is a treasure.  He happened to be in Pennsylvania rather than Florida, so we were able to celebrate with a big family dinner.  Pretty much everyone was there, and Granddad couldn’t have been happier. In turn, neither could I!

Earlier that day, after a series of technical difficulties, my brother and I went for a bike ride together. We haven’t done that since we were teenagers (we’re both in our 30s now). He’s a really fit guy, but after years of living in Florida, he’s not accustomed to hills. Oops.

Did you see that?

 

Why You Need a Crack Pipe

If you don’t already own a crack pipe, stop reading this and go buy one. Hit up your local dealer, or order one from Amazon. Are you back now? Good.

Disc wheel adapter

A disc wheel adapter, commonly known as a crack pipe for fairly obvious reasons, is something no cyclist should go without. No disc wheel? No matter! The crack pipe will still come in handy.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with a too-short presta valve. Raise your other hand if you’ve ever been stuck without a presta valve adapter. Now all of you (and it’s probably everyone reading) keep ’em up, because you’re under arrest for lack of possession… of a crack pipe.

Bad joking aside, a crack pipe is an incredibly handy little doo-dad, and one that hardly takes up any space in a bike bag/jersey pocket. There’s been more than one occasion when a ride would have been ruined or never gotten started  without mine.

Valve too short for the pump head to lock on? Lock onto the crack pipe and pump away.

No presta fitting on a particular pump? The crack pipe swings both ways.

Long, fragile Vittoria stem? No need to clamp = less chance of breaking it.

All hype aside, the crack pipe is an incredibly handy little doodad, and one that hardly takes up any space in a bike bag/jersey pocket.  I bought mine expressly for use on my disc wheel, but it’s gotten far more use on regular rims and tires.  Buy one!  You won’t regret it.

Even better (if slightly more complicated) hummus

You may have read (or even made?) my recipe for Easy Homemade Hummus. If you have, you think/know that it’s pretty good. I’m a perfectionist, though, so I haven’t stopped experimenting (a.k.a. fucking around). As a result, I have a new and improved recipe!

FYI, this latest/final recipe is still tahini-free, but even tastier. Full disclosure: It is is slightly more complicated than the last in that it involves one or two more ingredients. But, in my humble opinion,  it’s infinitely better, and the prep time is arguably lower, as you don’t need to reserve any liquid from the chickpeas. That has to count for something, right?

If you want to say “goodbye forever” to Sabra or Trader Joe’s overpriced tubs, this is your recipe. For under $1.00 and 10 minutes of your time, you can have a pound of delicious, homemade hummus that will pair perfectly with your gut-widening chip of choice.

Enjoy!

Even better (if slightly more complicated) hummus
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Prep Time
5 minutes
Even better (if slightly more complicated) hummus
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Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Process until smooth, scraping sides as necessary.
  3. Eat (preferably in more than one sitting)
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