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Road Notes: Day 186


We have been on the road for 186 days and have explored to many different parts of the country. That’s a lot of different grocery stores, markets, and liquor stores. We have a tendency to pick up odd ingredients whenever we can, mostly with the intention to use them in cocktails. From a grocery store in Florida with a huge Jamaican section, we picked up some crazy sodas. From Chimayo, we picked up some famous heirloom chili powder. From a spice store in Ohio we picked up Szechuan peppercorns. Etc, etc. Our collection is getting out of hand. Yesterday and today were pretty much entirely dedicated to cleaning out our cabinets and finally making all of those cordials, tinctures, syprups, and cocktails that Branden had been inspired to create.


I have to hand it to Branden…he can turn anything into a tasty cocktail. He has a deep understanding of food that comes from working in a kitchen, and this is so valuable in the formulation of cocktails as well. He has done all of the heavy lifting in this cocktail marathon. I mostly just took pictures and drank them. He probably made about 20 cocktails over the course of two days. He made an orgeat from the piñons we recently purchased…and it is blowing my mind. We have a lot leftover and I am looking forward to using it more in cocktails in the future as well.

The camper is a wreck, and now I am left to wash every dish we own. Still, worth it.

Road Notes are timed entries—written in thirty minutes or less at the end of each day. Considerations are made for spelling/legibility but not for grammar. Deal with it.


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