Archive for October, 2009

Add an incredible electric buzz to your cocktails!

October 26, 2009

Buzz Thriller

Buzz Thriller

6 Fresh Origins Buzz Buttons™

1oz Citrus Rum

½ oz Blue Curacao

Float of Cachaca

Sweet and Sour

Lime

Cup of Ice

Put Sweet and Sour, Citrus Rum, Blue Curacao, and juice from half of a Lime, into a blender. Cut 5 Fresh Origins Buzz Buttons™ into pieces, toss in blender. Blend mixture then pour into a glass filled with ice. Top with a float of Cachaca. Garnishing with 1 Fresh Origins Buzz Button™ is optional, but if you do, be sure to caution your customers of its tingly sensation. Since Alcohol dehydrates you, the Buzz Button™ is a perfect ingredient because it stimulates salivary glands keeping your mouth from getting dry and giving you a refreshing hydrating feeling!

Buzz Button™

  • Stimulate your taste buds with this exciting burst of energy!
  • Yellow and maroon cone shaped flowers produce an electrifying effect on the palette.
  • Add sensational enhancement by infusing sauces, dressings, and syrups.
  • This unique flower stimulates saliva and cleanses the mouth with a refreshing cool feeling.
  • Use sparingly by shredding the flower and sprinkling over food, or muddle in cocktails to add electricity!
  • Also add an exciting sensation to cocktails by muddling or blending!

Featured Restaurant & Chef: Crow Bar and Kitchen, Chef Scott Brandon

October 23, 2009

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The Crow Bar is called a Gastropub, which is a British term for a public house which specializes in high-quality food, definitely above the basic “pub grub”. The name is a combination of pub and gastronomy and was coined in 1991 when David Eyre and Mike Belben opened a pub called ‘The Eagle’ in London.

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The Crow Bar has a relaxing yet fun atmosphere, serving upscale, gourmet cuisine. Located in Corona Del Mar, a beautiful and quaint part of Newport Beach, The Crow Bar is the first Gastropub in the OC. It has a wonderful assortment of international brews and a very selective wine-by-the-glass menu. Named “Best New OC restaurant” by OC Weekly Magazine, in 2008. You can’t go wrong with the classic crow burger, consisting of ciabatta, tallegio & gorgonzola, roasted tomato marmalade, and rocket arugula. And the sausage-covered deep-fried Scotch Quail Eggs served with coarse brown mustard is truly magnificent. Grilled Cheese, Pizzas and Burgers are transformed into exceptional gourmet meals.

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Executive Chef Scott Brandon, makes visiting the Crow Bar a remarkable experience. From his charming personality to his truly innovative beautifully garnished dishes. The Brandon mantra: “simplicity and quality go a long way. Let the food speak for itself.  Don’t get twisted and you’ll be alright’.  These are the words he lives by. Brandon is a James Beard recognized chef who began in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at the age of 14. Many years of experience, learning and traveling has made Brandon one of Southern California’s young, bright stars and has helped to give the Crow Bar its much deserved success.

Crowjito

Crow-jito by Chef Scott Brandon

Fresh Origins Mint Lime Tops

Fresh Origins Petite Lemon Basil

10 cane rum

Simple Syrup

Lemon & Lime Juice

Splash of Champagne

Purified Club Soda

Float of Flor de Cana Rum

Lime

Cup of Ice

Add club soda, simple syrup, lime slices, Fresh Origins Mint Lime Tops, and Fresh Origins Petite Lemon Basil to a shaker and muddle and grind. Add 10 cane rum, lemon and lime juice, ice and shake. Pour mixture into a tall Collins glass, add a splash of Champagne and a float of Flor de Cana rum.

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Chef Brandon in Action.

Creative Cocktail Recipes with MicroGreens!

October 19, 2009

Fresh Origins MicroGreens and related items can be more than just garnishes and flavor additions for foods, but also can be remarkable embellishments for fancy cocktails adding unique flavors and wonderful aesthetics!

Tangerine Citrus Twist

1 handful of Fresh Origins Micro Tangerine Lace™

½ Lime Squeeze

2 oz Lemon flavored Vodka

1 ½  oz Triple Sec

3 oz Sweet and Sour

2 tbs Sugar or 1 oz Simple Syrup

Cup of Ice

Fill glass with ice, add ingredients, stir, garnish with lime wedge and Micro Tangerine Lace™. Toss in a straw and serve!

Micro Tangerine Lace™

 

  • Beautiful feathery green leaves.
  • Amazing and surprising tangerine flavor!
  • Fabulous, unique garnish for seafood and poultry.
  • Accent desserts with this pretty garnish’s fresh citrus flavor.
  • Also a fabulous garnish and healthy ingredient in cocktails.

Tangerine Citrus Twist

 

 

 

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Stevia Capriana by Capri Blu San Diego

½ Handful of Fresh Origins Petite Stevia™

1 Lime

1 oz Sweet and Sour

2 oz Cranberry Juice

1 oz Club Soda

2 oz Cachaca (Brazilian Sugar Cane Liqueur)

4 Strawberries

Cup of Ice

Cut lime into quarters, squeeze into glass and drop slices in. Tear up Stevia and and drop into glass. Set some aside for garnish.

Take a muddler and really grind the lime and Stevia leaves in the bottom of the glass.  Add slices of strawbeeAfter pressing and turning the mash together hard for a little bit fill the glass to the top with crushed ice.  Then mix the ice with the lime and Stevia solution.  Next, add Cachaca. Add the Cranberry Juice and Club Soda now to the top of the glass.

Add Petite Stevia™ and a lime wedge to the top of the drink to garnish. Toss in a straw and serve!

*Note: regular Caprianas require simple syrup or sugar in the mix, however using our sweeter than sweet Petite Stevia™ is a fresher and healthier substitution! This low calorie drink is great for dieters and those just trying to eat healthy.

Stevia Capriana

 

 

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Stevia Mojito by Capri Blu San Diego

½ Handful of Fresh Origins Petite Stevia™

1 Lime

2 oz White Rum

1 oz Triple Sec

2 oz Club Soda

Cup of Ice

Cut lime into quarters, squeeze into glass and drop slices in. Tear up Stevia leaves and drop into glass. Set some aside for garnish.

Take a muddler and really grind the lime and Stevia leaves in the bottom of the glass.  After pressing and turning the mash together hard for a little bit fill the glass to the top with crushed ice.  Then mix the ice with the lime and Stevia solution.  Next, add Rum. Add the Club Soda now to the top of the glass.

Add Petite Stevia™ and a lime wedge to the top of the drink to garnish. Toss in a straw and serve!

*Note: regular mojitos require simple syrup or sugar in the mix, however using our sweeter than sweet Petite Stevia™ is a fresher and healthier substitution! This low calorie drink is great for dieters and those just trying to eat healthy.

Stevia Mojito

 

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Exotic Blue Hawaiian

Fresh Origins Mint Pineapple Tops

1 oz. Light Rum

1 oz Blue Curacao

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1/2 Lemon

Pineapple slice or Strawberry

Cup of Ice

Sqeeze Lemon into glass, tear up pieces of Fresh Origins Mint Pineapple Tops and toss in. Muddle this mixture, add ice, Rum, Blue Curacao, and stir. Garnish with a pineapple slice or strawberry, lemon wedge and Fresh Origins Mint Pineapple Tops.

Herb Tops Mint Pineapple

  • Exotic light green and white variegated mint tops.
  • Wonderfully refreshing mint and pineapple flavors.
  • Garnish any tropical drink or premium salad.
  • This beautiful garnish also adds elegance and beauty to desserts.

Exotic Blue Hawaiin

 

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Fiery Bloody Mary

Handful of Fresh Origins Micro Mustard Horseradish TM

1 1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 cup Tomato Juice

2 tsp fresh Lemon Juice

Worcestershire sauce to taste

1 Dollop of Horseradish

Celery Salt

Pepper

Tabasco

1 Celery stick for garnish

1 Lemon Wedge

Cup of Ice

Fill cup with ice, add Vodka, Tomato Juice, ½ squeezed lemon, Worcestershire sauce, Horseradish, Tabasco, celery salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture into shaker and shake thoroughly, pour back into glass. Garnish the Bloody Mary with the celery stick, lemon wedge, and Fresh Origins Micro Mustard Horseradish TM.

Micro Mustard HorseradishTM

  • A bold new taste in Microgreens!
  • Attractive green leaves with serrated edges.
  • Intense spicy horseradish flavor
  • Add a fantastic kick to entreés, appetizers, soups, sushi and salads!

Fiery Bloody Mary

 

 

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Marvelous Mint Margarita

Handful of Fresh Origins Mint Lime Tops

1 1/2 oz Tequila

1 oz Triple Sec

2 oz Sweet and Sour

1 Lime

Dash of Orange Juice

Cup of Ice

Rim glass with salt, add squeezed lime, pieces of Fresh Origins Mint Lime Tops, and muddle. Fill with ice, add Tequila, Triple Sec, Sweet and Sour, and top with OJ. Garnish with lime slice and Fresh Origins Mint Lime Tops.

Herb Tops Mint Lime

  • Uniquely textured dark green leaves with jagged edges and a hint of dark purple.
  • Explosive flavors of lime and mint.
  • Tangy and tart, great for Mexican dishes and desserts, perfect garnish for mojitos or margaritas!

Marvelous Mint Margarita

 

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Strawberry Lavender Lemonade (non alcoholic)

Fresh Origins Petite Lavender

2 Lemons

2 tbsp Sugar

3 oz Water

6 Strawberries

Cup of Ice

Squeeze lemons in glass, add small pieces of Fresh Origins Petite Lavender, and muddle. Cut up 5 strawberries, add to glass and muddle. Add sugar and ice. Pour mixture into shaker and shake vigorously, pour back into glass. Garnish with a strawberry, lemon wedge, and Fresh Origins Petite Lavender.

 

Strawberry Lavender Lemonade (alcoholic)

Fresh Origins Petite Lavender

2 Lemons

2 tbsp Sugar

1 oz Citrus Vodka

½ oz Triple Sec

3 oz Water

6 Strawberries

Cup of Ice

Squeeze one lemon in glass, add small pieces of Fresh Origins Petite Lavender, and muddle. Cut up 5 strawberries, add to glass and muddle. Add sugar, Vodka, Triple Sec and ice. Pour mixture into shaker and shake vigorously, pour back into glass. Garnish with a strawberry, lemon wedge, and Fresh Origins Petite Lavender.

Strawberry Lavender Lemonade

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Pisco Sour by Chef Shola Olunloyo

Fresh Origins Petite Sorrel

2 oz Pisco Brandy

1 ½ oz Lemon Juice

1 tbsp Sugar

1 tsp pasteurized egg whites

Cup of Ice

Add all ingredients into a blender, pour into glass and serve!

Petite Sorrel

  • Attractive bright green leaves.
  • Tart, citrus flavor.
  • Pairs well with seafood creations, and is a tasty addition to salads.

Pisco Sour

Petite Stevia™: Naturally Sweeter than Sugar!!!

October 9, 2009
  • Petite Stevia™ is the newest innovation from Fresh Origins!
  • Stevia is rapidly gaining popularity  as the first all natural alternative to sugar.
  • Extracts of Stevia have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar!
  • Our Petite Stevia will add a sweet touch to tropical cocktails, desserts, and savory main courses.
  • Medical research has also shown possible  benefits of stevia in      treating obesity and high blood pressure.
  • This remarkable herb has zero calories and zero carbohydrates!
  • Native to South America, it has been used as a sweetener and       flavor enhancer for centuries.
Hiramasa (Austrailian Farm Raised Yellowtail), Petite Stevia™ oil, Chef James Montejano

Hiramasa (Austrailian Farm Raised Yellowtail), Petite Stevia™ oil, Chef James Montejano

 

Peppered Strawberries with Balsamic and Petite Stevia™ Dressing, Chef James Montejano

 

Stevia Mojito (Low Calorie)

½ Handful of Fresh Origins Petite Stevia™

½ Handful of Fresh Origins Mint Spearmint Tops

1 lime

3 ounces club soda

2 ounces white Rum

1 ounce of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur

Ice Cubes

Collins Glass

Cut lime into quarters, squeeze into glass and drop slices in. Tear up Stevia and Mint leaves and drop into glass. Set some aside for garnish.

Take a muddler and grind the lime and Stevia leaves in the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass to the top with ice. Then mix the ice with the Stevia and lime solution.

Next, add rum. Add the club soda now to the top of the glass. Add Petite Stevia™ and a lime wedge to the top of the drink to garnish. Toss in a straw and serve!

*Note: regular Mojitos require simple syrup or sugar in the mix, however using our sweeter than sweet Petite Stevia™ is a fresher and healthier substitution! This low calorie drink is great for dieters and those just trying to eat healthy.

Stevia Mojito

Stevia Mojito

 

“For centuries, the Guaraní tribes of Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil used stevia, which they called ka’a he’ê (“sweet herb”), as a sweetener in yerba mate and medicinal teas for treating heartburn and other ailments. More recent medical research has shown promise in treating obesity and hypertension. Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, even enhancing glucose tolerance; therefore, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia

Petite Stevia™, Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwich, Chef James Montejano

Petite Stevia™, Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwich, Chef James Montejano