Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

And now, from the That’s Not Hot Sauce department… we bring you a short review of the Original Maraschino Cherries from Luxardo in Italy.

Luxardo maraschino cherries are sour marasca cherries that are candied and steeped in syrup made of cherry juice and sugar. Their firm texture and thick rich syrup make them ideal for use as a cocktail garnish, for topping ice cream sundaes, and for use in baking.

Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries – Are they worth the extra expense?

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries from Italy

Original Maraschino Cherries are made by the Luxardo family, who exclusively cultivate over 30,000 Marasca cherry trees in the Veneto region of Italy. This product is all natural, with no coloring or thickening agents added, and are certified kosher. Each container contains about 50% cherries, and 50% syrup by volume.

Ingredients: marasca cherries, sugar, marasca cherry juice, glucose, citric acid, natural color, maraschino flavor.

We purchased a bottle of these candied marashino cherries from DiPasquale’s Italian Marketplace in Baltimore Maryland. And at $19.99 for the jar I thought these better be good!

After sampling a few, I told Marilyn how delicious they were, but I wasn’t sure about the $20 price.

A few searches later, and low and behold, on Amazon they are priced at that point and even higher. Apparently, these babies are worth their weight in gold!

I love them in my homemade Orange Crush (vodka, OJ, splash of Sprite, maraschino juice and cherries). Just for fun, here’s a pic of my Pineapple Crush I had recently. Recipe is at the end of this post.

Pineapple Crush Cocktail

These definitely rock in a Manhatten or a Jack and Coke for a little sweet kick!

Throw a few of these delicious cherries on top of your favorite ice cream desert, and you will thank me. They are amazing.

And they really are worth the extra bucks. The best deal I found was for 2 jars (400g. / 14.11oz each) at $33.97 with free shipping. Here’s our affiliate link:

Buy Luxardo Original Marashino Cherries

Pineapple Crush recipe:

– 4 oz pineapple juice
– 2 oz vodka
– splash of Sprite
– drizzle of Maraschino juice
– garnish with Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

I’ve already ordered two more jars. Yum!

I’d love to know if you’ve tried these candied goodies, and what you think of them. Just leave a Comment below.

Crazy Rita Margarita Mix

It’s Cinco de Mayo! And what better way to celebrate than with a Margarita? A Crazy Rita Margarita Mix!

Taste and Flavor: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Fresh, clean and fantastic! A winner.

From Crazy Good Specialty Foods and Jim O’Brien – home of the Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix, comes Crazy Rita Margarita Mix.

crazy rita margarita mix

The Crazy Rita Margarita Lab works

When it comes to mixers, Jim and his Crazy Good kitchen know their stuff.

Ingredients: water, fresh squeezed citrus juice (lime juice, orange juice, lemon juice), cane sugar.

What a simple list of ingredients, right?

And when it comes to cocktails, it’s all about the ratios. And Crazy Good knows ratios.

The Crazy Rita recipe is pretty simple. 3 oz Tequila + 4 oz Crazy Rita. A great ratio of more Tequila to mixer. (We typically go for 1 part liquor + 2 parts mixer – yea we like our cocktails strong.) But this is kooky town!

But how does it taste?

Crazy Rita Margarita Mixer straight up: Light-bodied and flavorful, this refreshing mixer is very palatable. There’s no heavy syrupy sweetness. And more importantly, the citrus flavors are not harsh or acidic like many grocery store branded mixers can me.

Crazy Rita Margarita Mixer as a cocktail: We mixed up a batch following the instructions on the bottle. We made both a “straight up” Margarita and one on the rocks. Both were delicious and tasted exactly the same – light, clean, and very drinkable.

Crazy Rita Margarita mix both ways

I like straight up. Marilyn likes it on the rocks.

By the way, the ONLY way to make a quality Margarita is to use a good quality tequila. And ALWAYS with a Silver, or Plata (Blanco) blend. Our favorite (expensive) is Patrón – but Hornitos Plata, or even Sauza Silver make great Margaritas.

It becomes a matter of choice as to whether you make it “straight” or “rocks” too.

As to sweetness, I do like my Margaritas on the sweet side, so I like to add a small amount of 10X or Confectioner’s Sugar to the mix. About a ¼ to ½ teaspoon – it really smooths things out for me.

Tip: We like our Margaritas with salt on the rims. But we only salt 1/2 of the glass. That way you get to sip with the salted rim, and then take turns sipping from the unsalted side too. A winning combo in our opinion!

Crazy Rita Margarita Mix Straight up

Straight up baby!

Final thoughts: Be careful! Crazy Rita Margarita Mixer is so good and drinkable, you’ll be going through a few Margaritas pretty fast! Not that that’s a bad thing.

You can find Crazy Rita Margarita Mixer at Crazy Good Sauces here:
http://crazygoodsauce.com/the-goods/

Be sure and check out the great deal on a two pack of Crazy Rita and Crazy Mary, and tell Jim HotSauceDaily sent you!

Our review of the Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix is very popular.

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix

Packed with flavor, Crazy Good Sauce’s Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix is not your average bloody mary mix of tomato juice and horseradish. Instead, Crazy Good has loaded up Crazy Mary with a hot version of Worcestershire sauce, olive brine, roasted peppers, and fresh garlic. But the star ingredient is their own Green Chile Dust. The end result is crazy good!

crazy mary bloody mary mix drink

It’s a cool Sunday morning in November as I write this review, and I’m enjoying my 2nd Crazy Mary Bloody Mary. The fresh taste and citrus smell give way to a spicy and flavorful beverage.

Ingredients: Tomato puree (water, tomato paste), Worcestershire Sauce (distilled white vinegar, molasses, water, sugar, onions, anchovies, salt, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, natural flavorings, chile pepper extract), prepared horseradish (horseradish, distilled vinegar, water, soybean oil, salt), apple cider vinegar, olive brine (water, salt, olive solids, lactic acid), fire roasted red bell peppers, green chile dust (New Mexican green chile powder, sea salt, spices), salt, fresh lemon juice, black pepper, fresh garlic, Worcestershire powder (brown sugar, onion, maltodextrin, modified corn starch, spices, malted barley, flour, garlic, vinegar solids, tamarind extract), xanthan gum.

Crazy Mary Bloody Mary texture 01

Texture: It’s hard to see in our pics, but Crazy Mary is not too thin, and not too thick. A beautiful “sauce” to look at, with pieces of fresh garlic and horseradish that provide some very chewy bits to play with in your mouth.

Crazy Mary is thin enough to make a great Bloody Mary, and thick enough to drink straight up as a tomato cocktail sans alcohol. Remarkable.

Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix Texture 02

Taste: Like any good recipe, the many flavors in this mixer are uniquely identifiable and yet married into one big tasting extravaganza.

Crazy Mary smells spicy and very different from other mixers. Right away notes of citrus and of horseradish hit the nose. The smell of Worcestershire is strong but muted in the flavors. In other words, the Worcestershire sauce is not overbearing.
The light tomato flavor balances well with the spices and seasonings.

Especially prominent is the Green Chile Dust (30% Hatch Green Chile). The Chile Dust brings its own unique flavor and complex properties to the mix. I believe this ingredient is responsible for the overall flavor blast that is Crazy Mary. That, and Chef Jim O’Brien’s talents as a mixer of flavors, make Crazy Mary Bloody Mary mix the instant “hit” it has become. Fresh.

two crazy mary flip top bottles

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – 1.5 Stars – While Crazy Mary looks and smells very spicy, it’s actually fairly tame. Surprising, considering the amount of fresh horseradish in the mix. Add in the “chile pepper extract” component of the Worcestershire sauce used, and you would think this stuff would be super-hot. Just another nod to the genius of O’Brien – bringing on the flavor without overpowering heat. Nice heat.

crazy mary 700ml bottles

Final thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – 5 Stars – A superb mixer for bloody marys, Crazy Mary gets our best rating. Outstanding.

For you Bloody Mary fans looking for something different, or the next new thing, I highly recommend Crazy Mary Bloody Mary Mix.
I’m sorry to report that the flip-top bottles pictured above are not for sale. They were promotion bottles / corporate gift one-offs.

The good news is, Crazy Mary is available in a big 750ml bottle at http://crazygoodsauce.com/ and soon to be available in small “Perfect Pour” bottles of 5 oz. each.
(For you wholesalers, Crazy Good also has a 4/1 Gallon case of plastic bottles available.)

About Crazy Good Sauce:

Chef Jim O’Brien and his Crazy Good Specialty Foods are based in Memphis, Tennessee.

Always searching for fun & unique flavor combinations, we have thrown out the rule book. We believe that food and life should be fun and vibrant. Celebrated your next meal with Crazy Good® Specialty Foods. We will make your taste buds dance.

Their motto is “Play with your food!”.

We reviewed their Southwest Sweet Heat Sauce & Green Chile Dust, as well as their Raging Pineapple Salsa.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Chili Dans BBQ Bloody Mary recipe

Continuing our Sunday Bloody Mary series, we are featuring a unique BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce, his custom rim topper recipe, V8 Vegetable Juice, and garnished with some spicy pickled green beans from Blaze’s. This is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe that you can craft to be your own.

BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce

Chili Dan's BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe

One of our Top Favorite Products in 2013, Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce is the basis for this unique BBQ flavored Bloody Mary recipe. Sweet and savory, we reviewed Chili Dan’s here.

Now, “Chili Dan” Miller is going to have my head on a platter for suggesting that this is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe. Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce is anything BUT a BBQ sauce… but we have to categorize this somehow… and so BBQ it is.

Make this your own version

chili dan's bbq bloody mary ingredients

The beauty of this recipe, like all good recipes, is that you can make it your own! While we would love for you to get your hands on a couple of bottles of Chili Dan’s Sauce… you can substitute any other favorite BBQ sauce (sweeter is best here) and any spice blend you like for the glass rim. And while Blaze’s Pickled Green Beans is celebrating 20 years up in Vancouver, Canada… again, garnishes are up to you. BTW, Blaze’s Green Beans are easily ordered for shipping to the US on their website. Pas de problème.

Overview of the Chili Dan’s Bloody Mary Recipe

You’re going to pour a little bit of Chili Dan’s (or your favorite BBQ sauce) onto a dish to wet the rim of your glass.

Chili Dan's Rim seasonings

You’re going to dredge the wet rimmed glass in Chili Dan’s Rim Topper seasoning (or your favorite seasonings).

Chili Dan's sauce in bottom of glass.

Fill that glass with ice, and add 1 or 2 or 3 tablespoons of Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce).

Add 1 or 2 or 3 ounces of your favorite adult beverage (Vodka in this case. Tequila if it’s Saturday Night. Whiskey if you live in Kentucky or Tennessee.)

Chili Dan's Bloody Mary Finished

Add the Blaze’s Beans and/or any garnishes you like. Chili Dan calls for a “floater” of 1/2 ounce juice (brine) from the pickled beans. I passed on that step.

Final Thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Refreshing. Probably the most enjoyable and refreshing Bloody Mary I’ve had in a long time. The overall sweet taste was a nice departure from the typical hot, spicy, horseradish-laden Bloody Mary mixers. NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

Bloody Mary with Chili Dans

To wrap things up, seriously consider working with this recipe, hopefully with some Chili Dan’s, and make it your own. Get creative and enjoy!

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Here’s Chili Dan himself, making his cocktail on local tv

Fast forward to 4:18 for the Bloody Mary.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce based Bloody Mary Recipe? Tell us about it in the Comments below. We’d all like to learn from each other!

Sriracha Bloody Mary Mixer from Powell and Mahoney

Our second in a series of Sunday Bloody Mary goodness comes from Powell and Mahoney Limited. Their “Super Spicy” Sriracha Bloody Mary mixer is all natural, gluten free, and is “handcrafted in Vermont”.

Powell & Mahoney Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix

Sriracha Bloody Mary Mixer from Powell and Mahoney

One of the newest flavors in the line-up of 12 mixers from Powell & Mahoney, Sriracha Bloody Mary packs quite a punch of spice and flavor. We reviewed Powell & Mahoney’s Original 1926 Recipe Bloody Mary mixer last year, and that one was pretty spicy all on its own – Sriracha Bloody Mary kicks the flavor and heat level up a few notches.

Based on the ingredient list, I’m guessing they are using a proprietary sriracha recipe that includes cayenne and red jalapeño peppers, but no garlic. So this is a different creature here, and not the usual “rooster sauce” in the plastic bottle.

Powell & Mahoney Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix Bottles

This is a Bloody Mary mix for you lovers of Sriracha flavor and heat. Read on for the details…

Ingredients: filtered water, tomato paste, Sriracha (cayenne pepper puree, water, organic cane sugar, red jalapeno peppers, distilled vinegar, spices, xanthan gum, citric acid), distilled vinegar, cane sugar, organic gluten-free vegan worcestershire sauce (organic apple cider vinegar, organic molasses, organic wheat-free tamari (water, organic soybeans, salt), filtered water, organic evaporated cane juice, salt), organic lemon juice concentrate, organic ginger puree, organic tamarind, organic chili pepper, organic garlic powder, xanthan gum, organic shiitake mushrooms, organic allspice, organic cloves, organic orange extract, organic lemon extract, natural smoke flavor, natural onion flavor (onion oil), horseradish, sea salt, onion dried, dried garlic, citric acid, lemon juice concentrate, celery seed.

Powell & Mahoney Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix texture

Texture & Appearance: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Very thick and slightly pulpy with a bright red color. I love a thick bloody mary mixer like this one. After all, a bloody mary is practically breakfast, right? So the thicker, the better in my opinion.

Powell & Mahoney Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix texture up close

Taste Straight Up: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – An aroma of fresh crushed tomatoes is up front, hinting of homemade pasta sauce. But the first taste is all fresh tomato with a big hit of chile peppers and heat, with a nice, mild sweetness. After the chile pepper profile, the next biggest flavor to me is the dark, almost umami taste of the Worcestershire sauce. Almost exactly the same dark flavor component as their original Bloody Mary mixer.

I find this part of the overall flavor to be delicious! I love the all natural Worcestershire blend they use, and find it much more enjoyable than the usual Lea & Perrins style sauce.

The supporting players, or ingredients, don’t really stand out. The acids, mushrooms, allspice and clove, and even the garlic and horseradish are very muted.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – The heat blossoms in the back of my throat and makes my head sweat. It’s a pungent and sharp burn, but doesn’t last long, thus encouraging you to enjoy each sip. This is one of the hottest bloody mary mixers I’ve tried so far.

Powell & Mahoney Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix Label

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Just as classy as all of their labels, this one includes an iconic red rooster in front of “Sriracha”.

Final Thoughts

You gotta love your Bloody Mary hot to enjoy this mixer. It doesn’t mess around.

And yet, as good as it stands on its own, you could certainly doctor it up with some additional horseradish or garlic, and lime or lemon juice for starters.

Powell & Mahoney Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix Drink

About Powell & Mahoney

Powell & Mahoney, Ltd. was founded by two-beverage industry veterans who were inspired by the lack of quality mixers made available to consumers. Noticing a true need in the market, the duo combined their expertise and passion and launched the successful mixer brand. Powell & Mahoney, Ltd. has reinvented classic cocktail recipes by swapping out artificial flavoring and preservatives for hand selected, better-for-you ingredients.

Where to buy: Powell & Mahoney handcrafted cocktail mixers and bar ingredients are available at many Crate & Barrel Stores, Whole Foods in Washington and Texas, among others, and numerous other grocery chains. Visit http://powellandmahoney.com/find-us

You can also order directly from them at http://powellandmahoney.com

I hope you Bloody Mary lovers enjoyed learning about Powell & Mahoney’s Sriracha Bloody Mary Mix. Please leave a Comment below to share anything Bloody Mary! We love to learn too!

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

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