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How awesome are food trucks? I mean, really. Those little portable restaurants have really come a long way from the ones I remember in my drunken college days. Back then, you were lucky if a food truck had a selection that didn't have something deep fried or that required copious amounts of ketchup simply to tolerate it. Those days, food trucks were there simply out of necessity for late night cravings.
But now, you can get anything from a food truck. Lobster, sushi, gazpacho, you name it! And the best part is that the food is GOOD. No more of that slop from the places we used to call Grease Trucks. I just love food trucks.
I just looked over a new cookbook written by Kim Pham & Philip Shen from BehindtheFoodCarts.com (named the Best Culinary Travel Blog by Saveur magazine) called Food Truck Road Trip. The cookbook not only tells the story of how certain food trucks from across the country made their way in the business, but it also contains recipes of some of the country's most delicious food truck treats. After looking through the book, my stomach is telling me I need to take a Food Truck Roadtrip myself and check out some of these foods!
One recipe that really caught my eye is actually not even a food at all. It's a coffee drink that just screamed food truck to me... the Post Bender from HubBub Coffee Company in Philadephia. The drink is supposed to help you feel a bit better the morning after a night on the town. Considering that's the main reason I've always gone to food trucks in my earlier years, I felt it was appropriate to post the recipe here for you as a little sampler of what Food Truck Road Trip has to offer.
The Post Bender
from HubBub Coffee Company
- 1 tbsp (22g) molasses
- 1 tsp zested ginger
- 1 ½ tsp (6g) sugar
- ¼ cup (60ml) water
- ½ cup (118ml) freshly brewed coffee, at room temperature
- 1 (12-oz [340ml]) 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 (30 to 60ml) of the simple syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into 2 cocktail glasses and top with about 3 ounces (90ml) of porter each.
Food Truck Road Trip is available on Amazon.com. You can go through my affiliate link right here, if you would like. I certainly would appreciate it as that means I could receive a small commission from your purchase.