Just In, crazy good asparagus from Seattle Pickle Co. Picked and pickled at the height of freshness, these asparagus are sublime eaten right out of the jar, or added to a Bloody Mary. I like putting the jar on an app tray for a healthy & easy addition. My afternoon Sunday Bloody Mary before my outdoor shower was a hit with a few asparagus added. Pickled vegetables are such a handy thing to have on hand in the fridge for many uses. The jars also make lovely host/hostess gifts.
Just in time for Easter week-end festivities, comes this perfectly packaged Bloody Mary salt. Whether a pinch is added to the cocktail or rimmed on the glass, this is just all good stuff–sea salt, heritage bacon, sundried tomato, serrano pepper, celery seed. Created by the AMOLA company on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC. Again, one of my favorite combos of what is on the outside of the box is as good as what is inside. Stellar, stellar packaging to add to a grown-up Easter basket, bring as a host/hostess gift, or just keep for yourself.
Instead of Wine Wednesday, I thought I would put a little spin on it and make it Cocktail Wednesday for today. Has a nice ring to it, right? OOLA is a local Seattle distillery who has garnered acclaim nationally for stellar small batch gin, vodka, and bourbon whiskey. We were given a bottle of their chili pepper vodka as a gift during the Holidays, and I really wanted to see how much extra kick it would add to my Sunday Bloody Mary. Answer. Quite a bit. I have been playing around with the ratio, I know, tough job. What I have come up with is equal parts of the OOLA pepper vodka with equal parts regular vodka, and it is just perfect. Using the full amount as a shot was a bit strong for my taste, but half is spot on. It adds a deep spicy-ness to the cocktail and a little extra kick. I posted my Bloody Mary recipe ages ago, and it has been so fun having folks chat with me about how they make theirs. There are a ton of variations, which I love. If you are a Bloody fan, give this OOLA a try.