I met the folks behind the incredibly popular blog, Behind the Food Carts last May at Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Awards in Las Vegas. Kim Pham, Philip Shen and Terri Phillips are incredibly talented, as you can see from their gorgeous pictures and intimate approach with the passionate people behind these mobile kitchens taking over the country. They are also incredibly sweet. So, when Philip asked if I wanted to take part in their virtual blog tour for their newly released book, Food Truck Road Trip: A Cookbook, there was no question I was in! It didn’t hurt that the cocktail featured in the book, The Post Bender, looked like something I could really get behind: coffee, beer, ginger, molasses? Dude. Get in my mouth.
Food Truck Road Trip: A Cookbook, released on November 4th, has over 100 authentic recipes from the food truck owners themselves.
There’s also a section for sips and tipples…
An excerpt from the book describing The Post Bender:
So you had a bit of fun last night. You had every intention of hitting the hay early, but here it is 7 a.m. and there’s no way you can hit the snooze button again. This drink combines a little hair of the dog with a pick-me-up. Combine a nice, dark porter with robust coffee and a bit of ginger, and you’ll have a clear head in no time. Perfect for those morning-afters telling tall tales of all your adventures.
THE POST BENDER – SERVES 2
HUBBUB COFFEE COMPANY—DREW CROCKETT—PHILADELPHIA, PA
1 tbsp molasses
1 tsp zested ginger
1 ½ tsp sugar
¼ cup water
½ cup freshly brewed coffee, at room temperature
1 (12-oz bottle porter beer (has strong chocolate presence)
To make the simple syrup, combine the molasses, ginger, sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to make sure all the ingredients are combined and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour in the coffee and 2 to 4 tablespoons of the simple syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into 2 cocktail glasses and top with about 3 ounces of porter each.
This was as good as it sounds. Zingy and rich and malty and chocolate-y. This is what you call a full-bodied cocktail. I can see how this would do the trick the day after some major fox bites!
Everyone should check out Food Truck Road Trip: A Cookbook. And, if you haven’t yet made it over to Behind the Food Carts blog, you should do that as well. The stunning photography alone will make you want to chuck your job, pack your bags with elastic waist pants, and travel the country, one food cart at a time.
One lucky reader will have the chance to get a copy of Food Truck Road Trip: The Cookbook of their very own! Hot off the presses and sent directly to you…just in time for the holidays! Just comment on this post what YOUR go-to “Hair of the Fox” hangover remedy is the day after a night of getting bit…a bit too much! I swear by coconut water, myself…but I also won’t turn down a grilled cheese sammie…