It's a ritual. Second thing each day--Einstein the cat demands attention first--The Motely Monk grinds 3 tablespoons of freshly-roasted, French roast Costa Rican coffee beans from Sun Burst (read about Sun Burst here). Grinding the beans is a must, as the aroma from the freshly-ground beans in the early a.m. is unlike anything else. Then, too, as the coffee is being brewed, the aroma from the press or the coffee maker provides the perfect set up for the first taste of one of Nature's most precious gifts and product of human ingenuity.
The Motley Monk's maternal grandfather had a daily ritual, too. An immigrant to the United States from Germany just prior to World War I, "Papa" provided for his family as a unionized painter and wallpaperer. Each day after work, Papa would arrive home around 4:30 p.m., take a shower, and make an Old Fashioned that he would enjoy while watching the network news (CBS, Walter Cronkite, no other) with "Grandma" at 5:30 p.m. She'd have everything ready for dinner by 5:30, but would watch the news with Papa and perhaps imbibe of a small Old Fashioned herself, serving dinner promptly at 6:00...every weekday, it seemed. (On the weekends, it was a "dirty martini.")
All of this history is a set up for the topic: When The Motley Monk read over at Bon Appetit about an "Espresso Old Fashioned" that was invented and served at Everyman Espresso, he was intrigued. Having observed Papa making his Old Fashioned countless times over the years, sometimes after going asparagus "hunting" in the field across the street, The Motley Monk knew the ingredients by heart: Bourbon, bitters, and orange peel.
One caveat: An espresso machine is required and is the best way to make the Espresso Old Fashioned not only because the espresso is fresh, but also because the cost of purchasing expresso at the local barrista adds up pretty fast. Think about it: The cost of buying enough espresso for 10 Espresso Old Fashioneds would surpass the cost of purchasing a low-priced espresso machine.
Having tried the Espresso Old Fashioned himself both in the a.m. and p.m., The Motley Monk recommends giving the Espresso Old Fashioned a try in the p.m.
Here's the recipe:
Ingredients for 1 serving:
- 1 double shot espresso (about 2 oz.), room temperature
- 1 ounce bourbon or rye whiskey (for p.m.)
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- Dash of Peychaud’s bitters
- 1 1" piece lemon peel
- (for the a.m. hours) Combine espresso, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Stir--don't shake--until the outside of shaker is frosty, ~30 seconds. Strain into a lowball glass filled with ice. Twist lemon peel over the Espresso Old Fashioned to release oils, then rub over the rim of glass. Discard the peel.
- (for the p.m. hours) Combine espresso, bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Stir--don't shake--until outside of shaker is frosty, ~30 seconds. Strain into a lowball glass filled with ice. Twist lemon peel over cocktail to release oils, then rub over the rim of glass. Discard peel.
One thing is certain: This surely isn't The Motley Monk's maternal grandfather's Old Fashioned!
Let the discussion begin...
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