In the past few years, I've become a booze hound. The practical and delicious art of the drink drew my interest of my Chemistress tendencies. Why, a modern day potion maker I shall be!
Tonight I participate in the Cold Brew Hustle at Velo Coffe Roasters
Participants will compete in boozeful and boozeless rounds so see who can come up with the best cold brew cocktail. Winner gets fun things! And to support some stellar people in need.
I fancy, after my years of boozing, I have some taste, some ability to sift through a variety of flavors, picking out those which will play and balance each other. Sweet here, sour here, savory here.
You come in with the known values: Thou shalt use at least 1.25oz of mezcal, vodka or bourbon. Thou shalt use at least 0.5 oz of cold brew.
Then, whatever you want. How do you decide something fun and new and creative from infinity? You start with something you know. Something you like. Something you have a well defined sense of -bourbon for richness. Turkish Coffee, dark coffee and cardamom flavor, that's nice too. And what for spice but more spice? Some Velvet Falernum with allspice, ginger, almond. All of this with the bourbon, it's a little too strong. How about an egg white to froth and smooth it all together?
It all sounds good in theory, how about in practice? More of the bourbon, less of the coffee? More of the coffee, less of the falernum? Try and try and try until you get it right.
This is my method with all endeavors and expectations. I start out with at least some level of knowledge (sometimes that knowledge is really close to zero). If I don't have enough, I research and research until I believe sufficiency has been obtained. Then experiment, a scientist always. I begin with my hypothesis, I rigorously test the hypothesis against it's variations and possibilities collecting my data. Then decide, right or wrong? Sometimes right, sometimes wrong. I can have a pretty good idea of what I think will happen, but it doesn't always. So long as you have been meticulous in your testing, does it matter if your opinion changed? You know the answer now and your previous feelings have no bearing on what the truth is.
Expectations -have them, and change them when you need to.