Margarita Summer II

The second phase of Margarita Summer was trying to recreated a Jalapeno-Cucumber margarita. It went alright and we know which adjustments will be made for the next Jalapeno-Cucumber rounds.

Margarita Summer

This summer we’re resuming the goal of creating a magnificent margarita and will be lightly documenting the journey and letting everyone know what we come up with when we’re done. Phase 1 of this experiment is creating a margarita on the rocks. After that we’ll play with frozen margaritas and adding extra flavors, but only after we have the rocks version down.

This was inspired during a trip to Mexico City last December in which I had 2 of the best margaritas I’ve ever had despite them being very, very different. One was dry and a bit sour and the other was sweet and slightly bubbly. During this trip one of our hosts and friends, Ricardo, recommended Don Julio Blanco as the tequila we should be using for Margaritas. Shortly after that I started the search for the perfect margarita with the only limitation being using that tequila.

Our first pass at the Rocks version including Don Julio Blanco and Grand Marnier. Although we made it to very good we didn’t quite hit magnificent so our quest will continue. Version 2.0 will swap in Cointreau for Grand Marnier.

So far the taste testers have included Norris Domingue, Joe Arkansas, Tony Crump, Josh McCurdy, Sean Williams, Scott & Erica Bell, Jenna Scheiner, and Taylor DeSimone. After a few more experiments I’ll let you know how it’s progressing.

Wish us luck, and maybe join us for a round or 2.

Random Summer Photos

Here are a couple random photos from the summer. One from Greek Fest in Memphis, one at a gas station someplace in Tennessee, and the third a questionable parking spot I saw on the way to the doctor.

Summer Travel Season

Next weekend begins my summer travel season. This season will involve trips to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and Southern California for cheer meetings, along with a wedding and my first trip to London. It may also include trips to Destin, Austin, and New Orleans to visit friends, and a trip to Kansas City for a high school reunion.

The cheer meetings are a chance to catch up with people I don’t see often at a time they don’t mind talking to me. Normally when I see coaches at events they prefer to avoid me because I’m the bearer of bad news, but the meetings are a chance to catch up without them wondering if their day is going to take a turn for the worse.

Kansas City, Destin, Austin, and New Orleans would be purely for fun. They probably won’t all happen, but if they do I think I’d spend more nights on the road over the next 13 weeks than I would at home. I’m not sure that would be a good idea so something will likely get pushed to fall. I’ve had travel stretches like that in the past and got to the point I was so tired I didn’t really feel like myself.

If you are going to be in any of these cities this summer please let me know. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up somewhere along the journey.

Big Green Egg 1

Chris bought a Big Green Egg, beginning the summer of meat and fire. The rib experiment went better than the brisket experiment the first weekend. More experiments to come.