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Grapefruit Vinegar with Honey and Juniper | Our Newest Release!

Posted on March 08, 2018 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

Grapefruit Vinegar with Honey & Juniper - Our Newest Release!

Oh me oh my, this vinegar...this grapefruit vinegar is like nothing you have ever tasted.

I have always loved the combination of fresh grapefruit with a drizzle of honey over top...either for breakfast or in citrus style salads.  The flavor combination of the sweet yet bitter grapefruit with that floral fragrant honey sweetness is just a perfect union so I thought why not incorporate these flavors and create a new vinegar flavor for 2018.  It will be filled with high vibrant citrus notes and balanced honey sweetness, designed for everything from salads, to seafood to drinks.  I thought, it would be phenomenal as a drinking vinegar and not only straight up delicious but pretty darn healthy too. 

A Grapefruit Vinegar with A Deliciously Complex Flavor Profile

When we first started playing around with the grapefruit vinegar recipe, we knew we wanted to add a bit of complexity to the infusion, so we started playing around with an interesting little spice named the juniper berry.  Traditionally used in the making of gin, Juniper berries are actually not berries but the female seed cones of the juniper plant which is an evergreen coniferous plant of the cypress family.  The flavor profile of juniper is pine-like, citrusy and kind of woody.  If it were a candle, I would describe it as "a walk in the woods".  It adds a nice woody pine undertone to the vinegar which gives another dimension to the grapefruit honey infusion, rounding out all the flavors.  Almost like a earthy aged fine wine, there are vibrant fruity notes in this vinegar with mysterious undertones all intertwined which lends to a robust and interesting tasting experience.  

A Grapefruit Vinegar Made with Healthy Whole Fruit Ingredients, Non GMO Apple Cider Vinegar and Orange Blossom Honey

USA sourced non gmo apple cider vinegar that comes with the mother, is the cider vinegar we chose to use in our grapefruit vinegar making it a super healthy choice as a drink mixer or salad dressing.  We take whole fresh Texas grapefruit - the zest, skin, pith and flesh and infuse it in the cider vinegar with our Juniper spice infusion and combine it with a beautifully fragrant orange blossom honey.  The resulting vinegar is just absolutely delicious and packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.  I wasn't even really thinking about the health benefits of this vinegar while we were making it, I was focused on the flavor profile but when we were finished and I started adding it to my everyday seltzer water, I realized hey, people drink grapefruit and apple cider vinegar everyday as a health boost and this vinegar fits the bill.  Researching more on the benefits of grapefruit and apple cider vinegar, I learned it's used quite frequently as a fat burning aid, which is awesome!  It helps to burn belly fat and assists in regulating insulin levels which is directly related to decreased fat storage in the body.  With the added Vitamin C from the whole grapefruit and antioxidant packed juniper berries, this vinegar hits all the right notes from flavor to health.

Ways to use our Grapefruit Vinegar with Juniper & Honey

Drizzle our grapefruit vinegar over an arugula salad with goats cheese and walnuts

Mix 1 part Grapefruit Juniper Honey Vinegar in 3 parts seltzer water and serve over ice.  My go-to everyday cleansing drink!

Mix into your next gin and tonic for a grapefruit honey twist.

Make a grapefruit honey pan sauce by mixing our Grapefruit Juniper Honey Vinegar with a tab of butter in a sauce pan, warm up and serve over pan seared scallops on a bed of wilted spinach.

Use as a grapefruit honey glaze for salmon

Dress a salad of baby kale, roasted beets, red onion and grilled halloumi cheese

Take a grapefruit vinegar shot for the health of it!

Grapefruit Vinegar | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

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Drinking Vinegars aka "Shrubs" | A Refreshing Healthy Tonic

Posted on March 03, 2018 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

What is a Drinking Vinegar or Shrub?

Drinking flavored vinegar or what some call shrubs or tonics is not a new trend, in fact, "shrubs" which by definition is "a beverage made by adding acidulated fruit juice to water" have been around since the pre-refrigeration days of the colonial era.  Fruit was preserved in vinegar and mixed with sugar or honey, essentially creating a juice or cordial that could be used to mix in water or alcohol for a simple drink or cocktail.  

Whole Fruits and Aromatic Spices Infused in Non GMO Apple Cider Vinegar For A Healthy Tonic

We started making our finishing vinegars back in 2010 and we follow the same process, we slow infuse fresh whole fruit ingredients in apple cider vinegar, add a bit of sweetness, herbs and aromatic spices and then we patiently wait and allow all the flavors to combine before we bottle.  It's a labor of love but the process is worth it.  The resulting vinegars have a slightly thicker consistency, rich natural fresh flavor, vibrant color and just enough sweetness to balance the acidity.  Our vinegars are not only served as a tonic for cocktails and seltzer but can be used as a healthy salad dressing for your everyday lunch greens.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Spices in Shrubs

We use real non gmo USA sourced apple cider vinegar in our line so when you taste our vinegars or "shrubs", you will notice the difference - they have a wonderfully refreshing vinegar kick which is what you want in a shrub, you don't want it to taste like kool-aid or a sugar laden cordial.  Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have a number of health benefits including:

  • enhancing weight loss
  • stabilizing blood sugars
  • lowering cholesterol
  • maintain alkaline ph
  • promotes detoxification of the liver
  • eases digestion
  • fights free radicals to reduce aging                                      

Additional Health Benefits of Drinking Vinegar

With the infusion of whole fresh fruits, aromatics and herbs in our drinking vinegars, you are not only gaining the benefits of apple cider vinegar but you benefit from all the vitamins and antioxidant properties in the spices we use.  For example, take our Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Vinegar - made with farm fresh strawberries, local garden rhubarb and spices including cinnamon, bay leaf, star anise and orange peel.  All those wonderful herbs, spices and fresh fruit ingredients are packed with vitamins and minerals.  Mix this in your seltzer water instead of chemical flavorings for a refreshing summer mocktail and know you are getting a variety of antioxidant benefits.  Did you know cinammon has the highest antioxidant property of all the spices and that star anise is known to fight off influenza?  Bay leaf is packed with Vitamin A, C, manganese, potassium and iron and strawberries are full of anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting properties!   I say, drink up!

Simply Mix 1 Part Drinking Vinegar with 3 Parts Seltzer 

We have created a number of recipes that use our drinking vinegars in both cocktails and mocktails but they are easily enjoyed by mixing 1 part drinking vinegar to 3 parts seltzer water or adjust to your desired taste.  You can choose from a variety of seltzer flavors and just serve over ice.  Our newest addition to our vinegar line is our Grapefruit Juniper and Honey Vinegar made with whole juicy Texas grapefruit, juniper berries and orange blossom honey - it's just perfect on a hot summers day over ice with seltzer water or mixed in a tequila paloma.  For a quick health boost, you can take a shot of it!

Get Creative and Make Your Own Drinking Vinegars or Shrubs

You can make your own drinking vinegars at home quite easily but the process isn't quick. We infuse our vinegars for up to 12 weeks, but if you got time on your side, it's actually quite easy and fun, especially during the summer months when fresh fruits and berries are at their peak of ripeness.  You can cook the ingredients on the stove top by combining fresh cut fruits and spices together in a honey or sugar syrup, strain off your spices and fruit pulp and then add your apple cider vinegar.  You can also infuse the ingredients cold, let steep and keep in the refrigerator.  You don't have to use apple cider vinegar, I don't recommend white vinegar but some people use champagne vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, etc.  You can experiment with whatever flavor combinations intrigue you and you can play around with a variety of wild herbs to create your own health benefiting tonics.  It's actually a great hobby and will put your herb garden to good use!

If you don't have the time to create your own, take a chance and try ours!  You won't be disappointed and like I said earlier, you can mix them into a variety of drinks or simply drizzle over your favorite salad greens. 


Our Drinking Vinegar Flavor Combinations Include:

1.  Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Vinegar Shrub - the taste of grandma's strawberry pie in a bottle!  Fresh picked strawberries and local garden rhubarb infused in apple cider vinegar with warm aromatic spices including cinnamon, star anise and orange peel. 

2. Grapefruit Juniper & Honey Vinegar Shrub - fresh juicy Texas grapefruit packed with vitamin c infused in apple cider vinegar with floral orange blossom honey and juniper berries.  A complex refreshing and vibrant vinegar perfect over ice with seltzer water or drizzled over an arugula and goats cheese salad!

3.  Spiced Pear Ginger Vinegar Shrub - fresh handcut pears are infused in apple cider vinegar with fresh peppery ginger and spices.  This is one of my favorite drinking vinegars when mixed with vanilla seltzer!  It also makes a delicious white rum cocktail and is fantastic drizzled over a salad of spinach, grilled chicken, gorgonzola and candied walnuts.

4. Cranberry Saffron Vinegar Shrub - New England cranberries infused in apple cider vinegar with cinnamon, orange peel, bay leaf and velvety saffron.  This antioxidant packed shrub is just perfect in winter drinks and holiday sparklers.  Try with seltzer water and a splash of fresh orange juice for a cranberry orange fizz.  Drizzle over a salad of spinach, candied pecans and goats cheese for a delicious fall salad. 


 Grapefruit Juniper Honey Drinking Vinegar | Wozz! Kitchen Creations


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How To Use Fig Spread? Let Us Count The Ways.

Posted on March 01, 2018 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

We started making our balsamic fig mostarda spread in 2013...and it quickly became a best seller.  In 2017 it won the NYC Silver sofi award for best condiment in it's class.  It's a combination of sweet figs and fresh hand cut pears in a balsamic reduction sauce and finished with a touch of hot mustard oil.   We absolutely love this fig spread and when our customers taste it, they find it a lovely surprise that it's a cross between a sweet balsamic fig jam and a savory spicy mustard.  Traditionally, they always think to pair it with a cheese plate but we want to reach out and show you that cheese is by far not your only option.  

Let's go back to 1988 for a minute.

Most people think of fig spread or fig jam as what is in the middle of a fig newton...basically dried figs and sugar...excuse me while i yawn...but our fig spread takes on a modern approach and the combination of sweet figs with a nice balance of balsamic acidity and mustard heat lends itself to a whole lot of dishes far beyond a simple cheese plate.  So with that being said here we go. 

10 Ways to Use Fig Spread (you can use any fig spread but we of course...uhhhmmmm...cough....recommend ours :) 

1.  Crostini with Balsamic Fig Spread

Looking to entertain in like 5 minutes?  Spread our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread on toasted crostini with goats cheese and drizzle with honey. 

2.  Shredded Roast Beef Dip Sandwiches with Balsamic Fig Sauce

Slow cooker beef with a balsamic fig sauce, shredded and added to crusty bread rolls and dipped in balsamic fig gravy?  Yes please....

3.  Fig Spread as a Pizza Base and Flatbread Base

Slather fig spread over a pizza crust or flatbread crust and top with goats cheese or blue cheese, prosciutto, arugula, walnuts, rosemary, etc.  Try 2 of our favorite pizzas:  Grilled Peach with Balsamic Fig, Brie and Basil or our Balsamic Fig with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Prosciutto 

Balsamic Fig Pizza with Grilled Peaches and Basil

4. Mini Phyllo Tarts with Fig Spread

Add a spoonful of fig spread to mini tarts and top with goats cheese, blue cheese or brie and add just a snip of fresh thyme or rosemary.  Bake for 10 minutes and voila!  Balsamic Fig and Brie Mini Tarts Recipe

Mini Tarts with Fig Spread | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

5.  Fig Spread on a Grilled Cheese Panini

Add our fig spread to a variety of grilled cheese panini combinations.  Try turkey, brie and fig spread on a baguette or cheddar and fig on brioche.  Ham, provolone, fig spread and arugula is a favorite combo.

6.  Easter Ham with Warm Fig Mostarda Sauce

Simply warm up our balsamic fig spread on the stove top and serve with Easter ham.  Keep it simple, yet savvy.  (and the mustard kick is awesome with ham)

7.  Balsamic Fig Baked Chicken

Mix our balsamic fig spread with a bit of balsamic vinegar pour over chicken and bake with cherry tomatoes on top.  Done and it's pretty darn good for a typical Tuesday night.  Balsamic Fig Chicken Recipe here.

Balsamic Fig Chicken | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

8. Fig and Cheese Plate

We already know this one.  No advice needed.  You can add our Balsamic Fig Spread to any cheese plate and it's absolutely fantastic.  Serve it on the side of blue cheese, goats cheese or atop brie and serve with crackers, fruit and charcuterie.

Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread | Cheese Plate Pairing | Wozz! Kitchen Creations

9.  Roasted Vegetables and Fig Spread

From brussells sprouts to green beans, you can toss veggies in our balsamic fig spread and roast in the oven or sautee in a pan.  Check out our balsamic fig roasted brussels sprouts here. 

10.  Balsamic Fig Salad Dressing

Add our balsamic fig mostarda spread to a little extra balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Drizzle over a baby spinach, cranberry and candied walnut salad with goats cheese.  

11.  Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Fig Mostarda Sauce

Rub a pork tenderloin with an herb oil blend (olive oil, fresh rosemary, sage, salt , pepper) bake in oven and serve our Balsamic Fig Mostarda Spread on the side.

There you have it!  Now your jar of fig spread is empty and you need more. :)







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