Green Mary Cocktail Mix from Frankie V’s Kitchen

“Green Mary Cocktail Mix from Frankie V’s Kitchen is a refreshing and flavorful alternative to the usual Bloody Mary mix.”

Green Mary Cocktail Mixer review

Green Mary Cocktail Mix from Frankie V’s Kitchen

As I write this, it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the US, where everyone is Irish and everything is green, and our Sunday Bloody Mary post this week features a bright green mixer from Frankie V’s Kitchen of Dallas, Texas.

This uniquely different mixer includes green tomatoes, tomatillos, premium olive juice and Frankie V’s own Wasabi Green Thai Chile Hot Sauce.

Yea, this is a horse of a different color!

Let’s see what makes this Green Mary so green…

Ingredients: green tomatoes, tomatillos, celery, garlic, lime juice, 1888 Olive Juice, water, blue agave, FVK Wasabi Green Thai Chile Hot Sauce, worcestershire sauce, wasabi powder, white pepper, salt.

Green Mary Mix texture

Texture & Appearance: Medium thin in consistency and bright green in color.

There are lots of bits in here – tiny tomatillo seeds, little bits of garlic and green tomato – very satisfying with a good amount of mouth-feel. Complex.

The Green Mary Cocktail

Green Mary Cocktail

Taste Straight Up: This is a mixer unlike any I’ve ever had.

Straight up, Green Mary is very refreshing, tart and more than just a bit spicy – the unique green tomatoes and tomatillos bring a fresh acidic taste. Briny, salty olive juice hits you next, with the mild heat of wasabi bringing up the rear.

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The inclusion of 1888 Olive Juice is a genius move on their part – designed for “dirty martinis”, 1888 Olive Juice (another Texas product) is a dirty martini mixer that adds a salty, briny flavor to this Green Mary drink. Unique and savory.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – 1.5/5 Stars.

Mild and tingly – the wasabi is there, and yes, Frankie V’s Wasabi Green Thai Chile Hot Sauce is a player here too, but it’s not a blow your head off heat. Mild in a good way.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – 5/5 on design, label, fonts and overall impression.

Green Mary Labels

Bonus points for the green wax covered top that sports the “Frankie V’s Kitchen FVK” impression. Also, there’s the hanging tag and twine that are incorporated into the wax topping.

Green Mary wax top seal

Like all of Frankie V’s products, the art department deserves kudos and accolades for another stellar design. Classy.

Final Thoughts

This very unique “bloody mary” mixer has to be one of the most unusual mixers I’ve ever come across.

It tastes fantastic all on it’s own, as a tomato cocktail, albeit a “green” one. It would make a great Michelada beverage with your favorite Cerveza.

Overall Rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – 3/5 Stars for uniqueness. It just may be an acquired taste, but the more I drank it, the more I liked it.

This is certainly one of the most unusual products we’ve reviewed in a while – but delicious nonetheless.

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About Frankie V’s Kitchen

Visit FrankieVsKitchen.com and check out all of the salsas, sauces and of course The Green Mary Cocktail Mix.

You can sample all of the great products from Frankie V’s Kitchen and meet Frankie V at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, March 29 – 30, 2014.

We reviewed Frankie V’s Salsas here.

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

Salinas Salsa Mild Angel Hot

A fresh salsa created in small batches that is authentic with every mouth watering bite. A homemade taste like no other.

salinas salsa mild medium hot trio

Salinas Salsa Mild Angel Hot Salsa

Salinas Salsa, Co. is heating up Texas and beyond with their line of super fresh salsas. They are winning awards like the 2014 Worldfest People’s Choice Champion for Salsa Challenge.

This first review of 3 salsas begins with their “Mild Angel Hot” salsa. Salinas Salsa Mile is orange in color but green in flavor with cilantro and jalapeños and serrano chiles.

salinas salsa mild texture

Nice texture.

Ingredients: fresh variety of tomatoes and onions, cilantro, fresh jalapeños & serrano peppers, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, fresh herbs and spices & sea salt.

salinas salsa mild texture closeup

Small, chunky texture is satisfying.

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars 5/5 – Beautiful bright salsa with a medium grind texture. Remarkable for the consistent size of tiny chunks of tomatoes and chiles. I love the “chew” factor and crunch. Superb.

Taste Straight Up: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars 5/5 – Big taste of tomatoes and onions – almost like a “pico de gallo” flavor, without the big chunks. The garlic flavor is there, with the vinegar in the background with a fresh lime taste supporting the bright flavor of the chiles. The serrano peppers bring their own unique flavor without an overpowering heat. Classic.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars 1/5 – The heat in Salinas Salsa Mild would appeal to everyone from Mom and Dad to Uncle “Chilehead” Ed. Just the right amount of heat and flavor to please everyone. Satisfying.

Nice cut-out style label.

Nice cut-out style label.

Label/Graphics: Very classy with a “cut-out” designed label, but a bit on the dark side with the fonts. It’s hard to read from a distance, but the shape is recognizable once you become familiar with it. Original, but hard to read. On the plus side, the label doesn’t cover up much of the jar, so the contents are easily seen. Innovative.

Final Thoughts

Salsa, salsa, salsa. Red, red, red. That’s pretty typical, isn’t it? Salinas Salsa Mild is a green tasting salsa with a bright orange look. It is incredibly fresh tasting for a jarred salsa. It is truly green only in flavor and concept. Highly recommended.

We did the dip and chip standard taste test…

salinas salsa green on chips

Made for chips and dipping.

…and heated some up on some nachos with taco meat and cheese. Delicious.

salinas green salsa on nachos

Perfect on nachos anyway you like them.

Stay tuned to our reviews of the other Salinas Salsa Co. offerings – That’s Good Hot, and Hunter’s Habanero Hot.

About Salinas Salsa Co.

Salinas Salsa, Co. is from the founder Eliseo ‘Shane’ Salinas, Jr. – created to make a natural homemade taste & spicy blend to match the flavors he grew up with. This a natural homemade taste that infuses Texas & Mexico together to give you the authentic taste and feel of the deep TexMex south.

Social Media: Follow Salinas Salsa Co on Facebook, Salinas Salsa on Google+, and on Twitter.

Where to buy: You can visit http://salinassalsaco.com/ to purchase all of their salsas, and as usual, please tell Shane that HotSauceDaily sent you.

If you are a fan of Salinas Salsa Co., please let us know in the Comments below. Are you a fan of green salsas? What do you like in a salsa? We want to know that too!

Branford’s Originals Serrano Hot Sauce

With over 15 products in their lineup, Branford’s Originals Serrano Hot Sauce is their top selling item, followed closely by their Roasted Garlic Hot Sauce. This cilantro and lime based serrano hot sauce brings on fresh flavor and decent heat in a bright green sauce.

Branford's Serrano Hot Sauce Bottle

Branford’s Originals Serrano Hot Sauce would be a perfect sauce to pour on your nachos or pizza, but it also works really well on tacos and burritos. You could also kick up any salsa by adding a few tablespoons to add a little “green” serrano pepper edge.

Serrano Hot Sauce by Branford’s Originals

Serrano peppers are one of my favorite chiles to include in our fresh homemade salsas. So whenever I get a chance to sample some new serrano sauces or salsas, I’m all in. Branford’s Originals has a slogan – “The Flavor is in the Bottle”. Let’s see what that flavor is…

Ingredients: cilantro, green onions, water, lime juices from concentrate, sugar, salt, serrano peppers, tomatoes, xanthan gum.

Branford's Serrano has a great texture.

Nice texture and color. Great bite and mouth feel.

Texture & Appearance: This medium-thin sauce has a nice, yet small chunkiness to it that I just love. The texture has a bit of a bite to it. It’s bright green in color and pours nicely but quickly. On one burrito, I used up about 1 ounce of the 5 ounce bottle.

Taste Straight Up: First up, this sauce is unique in that there is no vinegar in it. So the big first hit is of the cilantro, followed by a pretty strong onion flavor. A huge hit of lime juice is next (almost too much for me) along with some sweetness from the sugar. Then the green serrano flavor kicks in quickly, rounding out the classic bright flavor that is serrano chiles.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – 1.5/5 Yea, it’s fairly mild, even for serranos (10-23,000 Scoville units). Not a bad thing for those of you that want to explore new flavors without getting “burnt”. (See what I did there?)

Branford's Serrano Label

Clean, professional label.

Label/Graphics: Clean graphics. The branding is strong with the “Branford’s Originals” in a bold circle, and the flavor/name of the sauce is in a bold ribbon banner beneath. It reminds me of any number of sauces you may find at local roadside stands (McCutcheon’s in Maryland, for example). But it’s clear what you are buying, and has a solid, trusting look to it.

Branford's Serrano on Tacos and Burritos

Just perfect on tacos and burritos.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – 4/5 stars – Very flavorful with quality ingredients and a nice fresh, bright taste. I tried this sauce on homemade burritos and a few tacos recently and it was delicious. Highly recommended.

About Branford’s Originals

BRANFORD’S ORIGINAL’S Hot Sauces and products were created based on my grandmother’s hot sauce recipe. I have followed in her footsteps making her sauce while adding my own touch to it! Making this sauce makes me very proud because it’s a part of our family tradition. That’s what BRANFORD’S ORIGINALS is all about, family tradition and good flavor.

With an extensive lineup of sauces, marinades and rubs, we hope to explore more of the Branford’s Originals products in the future.

Where to order Branford’s Originals:
Shop for Branford’s Originals on their website here.
Follow Branford’s on Facebook.
Branford’s Originals on Twitter.

EASY RECIPE FOR GREEN CHILE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

This easy recipe for chicken enchiladas features green chile sauce. Purchase a small roasted chicken from your local grocer’s deli department. They did the cooking and hard work, you simply cut it up and shred it for the enchiladas.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

We’ve made these Chicken Enchiladas quite a few times, but always with a red enchilada sauce. This time we’re going all green. The recipe is super easy and the steps are simple – and maybe, just maybe, by going “green” we’re helping save the planet. (Okay, not really). Read on for the amazingly simple recipe we use for these delicious chicken enchiladas – red or green!

The full recipe is at the end of this post.

hatch brand enchilada sauce and green chiles

We used Hatch brand green enchilada sauce and green chiles.

You can use any green enchilada sauce you wish, and the canned fire-roasted chiles can also be your favorite. We like the Hatch Brand products. Next up, you will need a small roasted chicken from your local deli. Easy peasy and a great time saver!

Make the chicken mixture

Take that deli roasted chicken and break it down and chop it up.
Place it in a skillet, add about 1/4 cup of sauce and the green chiles – heat over medium-low heat to warm the mixture.

roasted chicken shredded with chiles

Roasted deli chicken, shredded with green chiles added.

Next you will will spoon the chicken mixture onto the corn torillas along with your favorite “Mexican” style cheese. We used a bag of “Four Cheese Mexican” from the dairy case.

spoon shredded chicken mixture onto corn tortillas

Spoon cheese and shredded chicken mixture onto corn tortillas.

Roll tortilla tightly and place in baking dish (dish lined with a few spoonfuls of enchilada sauce).

roll corn tortilla tightly

Roll corn tortilla tightly to place in baking dish.

Your rolled up corn tortillas will begin to look like this in the baking dish.

sauce lined baking dish with corn tortillas on top

Baking dish ladeled with enchilada sauce, with corn tortillas on top.

After filling baking dish with all tortillas, you’ll add more sauce and cheese.

full baking dish of enchiladas with sauce on top

A full dish, add more sauce on top.

Now, more cheese. Yea, more cheese.

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Add more cheese. It’s a good thing.

After they bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees, they’ll look like this.

Enchiladas baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Enchiladas baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

The finished Green Chile Chicken Enchilada dish.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada dinner

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada dinner

You will need:

  • One small deli roasted whole chicken – cut up and shredded
  • One can green or red enchilada sauce (we used Hatch brand)
  • One can roasted green chiles (we used Hatch brand “hot”)
  • Package of corn tortillas – large 7-8″
  • Shredded cheese – we like Four Cheese Mexican style
  • Glass baking dish

Steps:

  1. Cut up roasted chicken, and shred.
  2. Warm up shredded chicken in skillet with the green chiles and 1/4 cup enchilada sauce.
  3. Place tortillas on plate, cover with wet paper towel, heat in microwave for 30 seconds to soften.
  4. Spoon enough enchilada sauce into bottom of baking dish to cover (about 4 tbls).
  5. Onto each warmed tortilla, sprinkle on some of the cheese, spoon about 3-4 tbls. warmed chicken mixture, roll tightly, placing seam side down into baking dish.
  6. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered at 350º for about 20 minutes, rotating dish half-way through.
  8. Add more cheese (and sauce if desired), return to oven and broil for 5 minutes until browned.
  9. Serve with sour cream and shredded lettuce, and rice and beans if you desire.

Do you have a favorite Chicken Enchilada recipe? Please share it with us in the Comments below. I’d love to know how to kick this up another notch!

Volcanic Peppers LAVA Green Vulcan Hot Sauce review

The newest hot sauce to come from the mind of Tim Bader and Volcanic Peppers is LAVA Green Vulcan Hot Sauce.

Volcanic Peppers LAVA Green Vulcan Hot Sauce

Volcanic Peppers LAVA Green Vulcan Hot Sauce

Continuing his line of LAVA sauces, which include Raspberry Scorpion Hot Sauce, Chocolate Lightening Hot Sauce, and LAVA BBQ Sauces (Spicy and Hot Scorpion), Tim has crafted this “green” jalapeño based sauce that is bursting with flavor.

Green Vulcan is a flavor filled mild to medium sauce that is sure to please those looking for a lot of flavor and just a touch of heat… goes great on salads, tacos, in burritos or enchiladas… [it’s] also an exceptional salsa enhancer – just mix it in and taste the difference.

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