Fresh Fruit Vinegars are products that are very foreign to me and I am glad that I have been introduced to something that has changed the way I eat salads! I now use Fresh Fruit Vinegars in all my salads because it gives them that extra kick. The biggest upside is that I don’t have to use dressing on my salad and can avoid all the calories that the majority of dressings have. I can eat healthy while still eating something that tastes really good by using these Fresh Fruit Vinegars.
Mangé’s Fresh Fruit Vinegars are pureed and preserved in vinegar and are available in eleven flavors that include: Blackberry, Blood Orange, Cherry, Fig, Green Apple, Mango, Passion Fruit, Pear, Raspberry, Red Pepper, and White Peach. I had the chance to try the Mango and the Cherry flavors and instantly fell in love with the vinegars. As soon as you open the bottles, it does smell like vinegar, but the underlying smell of fruit is very aromatic and pleasant. The Fresh Fruit Vinegars make an otherwise drab salad much more flavorful and fun to eat. While both of them were really good, my personal preference was the Mango Vinegar.
Christopher Spivak, owner and founder of Mangé’s said it best, “If you’ve ever tried cooking with fresh fruit vinegar, chances are you weren’t able to stop.” After I used it that first day on my salad I could not agree with him more! I’ve drizzled the vinegar on salads and other dishes because it makes the meal much more enjoyable. You can also use it for cocktails (finding this out boosted my opinion even higher) like the recipe provided by Mangé below.
Spiced Mangotini Shrub
1 cup Mango Fresh Fruit Vinegar
2 shot Raki or Ouzo (anise liquor)
4 tsp Allspice
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
Mango Slices and Rosemary
Combine all the ingredients except the champagne in a cocktail shaker or metal bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour. When you are ready to serve, divide the mango mixture between 6 champagne flutes and top off with champagne. Garnish with a slice of mango and rosemary.
You can visit www.freshfruitvinegars.com to purchase the Fresh Fruit Vinegars and to get more recipes, including cocktail recipes like the one above. My recommendation is to buy the Gourmet Taster Sampler online so that you can try each flavor of the vinegars and fall in love with your favorite one.
Twisted Talk: Are you familiar with Fresh Fruit Vinegars? If not, are you intrigued enough to go out and buy some? Discuss below!