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Siena Spritzer

To celebrate our new relationship with Siena Farms of Sudbury MA, we have created a cocktail in its honor: the Siena Spritzer. It’s a lovely pre-dinner cocktail (or something to sip solo while you’re slaving away in a hot kitchen before your friends/family/guests arrive).

Because the “other” Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany, we chose a semi-sweet (semi-dry?) Italian Bianco vermouth as the base for the drink. This style of  vermouth is clear (not amber), and has an herbaceous nose, warm spices, and mild bitterness tempered with a bright, crisp citrus finish. Continue reading Siena Spritzer

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Dark and Stormy

When the weather turns dark and stormy, this drink is the ideal companion. Dark rum combined with a spritzy, high-octane ginger fizz and a splash of lime warms you up and quenches your thirst at the same time.

Although standard recipes call for ginger beer, it’s not always easy to find a brand with enough of a kick. That’s why Spiker’s Ginger Bite shrub is the perfect stand-in. You can add as much or little of it as you like to get just the right amount of ginger power without diluting the beverage overall.

Start with two ounces of dark rum, and vary the amount of “fizz” based on your personal tastes: anywhere from three to five ounces is a good target.

 

 

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Sticky Peanuts with Ginger Bite, Sriracha, and Thai Basil

You know those bar nuts they put out when you order a beer or another pop? Forget them. They are about to become the swishy suburbanites you’ll visit occasionally, once you get acquainted with these street-wise peanuts spiked with Spiker’s Ginger Bite Shrub, Sriracha, and Thai basil. Continue reading Sticky Peanuts with Ginger Bite, Sriracha, and Thai Basil

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Manhattan Ice Cream Soda with Sour Cherry Plum shrub

Looking for a fun and festive way to enjoy the flavors of the classic Manhattan cocktail? This grown-up ice cream soda is just the ticket. Less sweet than its Old Fashioned friend, the Manhattan enjoys a bit of herbaceous complexity thanks to the use of sweet vermouth (which isn’t as sugar as its name belies). Continue reading Manhattan Ice Cream Soda with Sour Cherry Plum shrub

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Georgian Adjika with Sour Cherry Plum Shrub

If you like the kick of a good salsa but your tastebuds are looking for a more complex flavor profile, we have a suggestion: consider Adjika, the classic condiment from Georgia-Azerbaijan. Also known as Adzhika and Ajika, Russians often refer to this as “Red Salt” and others sometimes call it “Russian Pesto.” But this savory, spicy dish isn’t anywhere close to the texture, fragrance, or mild-mannered flavor profile of pesto. Continue reading Georgian Adjika with Sour Cherry Plum Shrub

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Fresh Tomato Lime Vinaigrette

When you’re starting to get bored with basic vinaigrettes, this garden-fresh variation will wake you up and give your salads and veggies something to sing about. The secret ingredient is Spiker’s Chile Lime Shrub. The beautiful balance of fresh lime juice and zest, plus a blend of preservative-free chiles, imbues the dressing with warmth without searing heat.

1/4 tsp. salt
tsp. pepper
small tomato
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard with seeds
small garlic clove
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Quick way to remove ribs from kale, collards, and other greens

The only things which used to discourage me from consuming a healthy quantity of greens was (a) lack of a good recipe, and (b) the tedious preparation involved in stripping out the thick ribs from the centers of the leaves. But one day while fumbling in the knife drawer for a cutting tool, my friendly pizza cutter shined up from the throng of blades and said, “Try me!” Continue reading Quick way to remove ribs from kale, collards, and other greens

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Asian-inspired Shrub Dipping Sauce No. 1

Although the use of vinegar in cooking is extensive throughout most Asian cultures, westerners tend to think of it only as something for pickles or salad dressing. In this recipe, we’re going to show how Spiker’s Shrubs can be used as a key ingredient in three different types of Asian-inspired dipping sauces, and perhaps you’ll be inspired to attempt some variations of your own. Continue reading Asian-inspired Shrub Dipping Sauce No. 1