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
Greetings to moonshine lovers in the Spartanburg / Reidsville / Greer area of South Carolina! We just shipped a jumbo box of Spiker’s mini shrub sampler bottles to Sugar Tit Moonshine Distillery for your sipping pleasure. Continue reading Mini samplers on their way to Sugar Tit Moonshine in South Carolina
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.
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
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
If you love the herbaceous, piney flavor of a premium gin but want to avoid the alcohol, give this “virgin” version a try. Spiker’s Juniper Bay Shrub is made from many of the same ingredients used in gin — including grains of paradise, cubeb pepper, bay leaf, and citrus peel — so you will be able to enjoy the fragrance and taste of gin in each sip, with one important difference: No gin, no sin!
Be sure to use only premium tonic water in this recipe. Standard brands are too sweet and flavorless.
Floral cocktails are trending, and it’s no surprise. The delicate notes of rose, lavender, honeysuckle, and other “secret garden” florals help us transition from winter, and add a romantic aromatic flavor flourish to familiar drinks. Continue reading Floral shrubs make beautiful drinks
There are so many recipes for mopping sauce (or “mop” sauce) for ribs and smoked meats. Some are super-thin and tart, others are thicker and more clingy. This recipe splits the difference, with plenty of bite and enough cling to keep the meat moist during a slow, low smoking.
If you don’t have Sour Cherry Plum shrub on hand, try using Roasted Cinnamon Apple or even Ginger Bite. Or get creative and try equal parts Juniper Bay and Black Currant.
What is a martini, anyway? Is it just something clear or semi-clear that you pour into glass shaped like an upside-down triangle? Is it based on vodka? gin? pisco? all of the above? none of the above? Continue reading Spiker’s Lavender Mint Cowboy Hoof Martini
We love this recipe because it works on salads, chilled or room temperature vegetables and/or grains (farro, barley, etc), and even roasted vegetables (try it on sweet potatoes!).
Our favorite way to use this dressing is with mixed greens, diced tart apples, thinly sliced raw fennel, crumbled chevre, and toasted pecans.