Are Alcohol-Based Hot Sauces About To Take Menus by Storm?

When creating your menu, the last thing you want is for your dish to be flavorless and bland. In many ways, spicy, heat flavor varietals can elevate your dish. Millennials, in particular, have recently shown to favor hot sauce and many data sets describe the tastes of younger generations as more adventurous with flavor and spice.

Hot sauce sales alone are expected to become a $1.65-billion market in the next five years, according to market research firm IBISWorld.

One spicy innovation previously covered by Foodable, is Mike’s Hot Honey. This chili pepper-infused honey has made a name for itself in pizzerias as the best way to enhance pizza slices with a sweet and spicy kick.

Another hot sauce high in demand is sriracha. According to recent Foodable Labs research, Sriracha is up 21.3% in use by chefs on menus year over year.

The latest trending spicy condiment is alcohol-based hot sauce. This comes as a major contrast to a majority of hot sauces on the market. Most brands use similar ingredients, hot peppers, and white vinegar. Commercial hot sauces use vinegar as a preservative for shelf stability. However, this can overwhelm the taste of the pepper.

“I would spend a couple of days making a beautiful pot of gumbo, and it just seems against the divine plan to dump some vinegar in that just to get some spice,” said Matt Beeson, founder of Swamp Dragon Hot Sauce. “The smell of it clashes. The taste of it doesn’t work with anything.”

With a boozy base in five flavors -- vodka, rum, tequila, ouzo, and bourbon -- your dishes will get a unique kick. Not to worry though, this hot sauce innovation won’t have enough alcohol to get your diners drunk after topping their dishes.

Learn more about this boozy hot sauce taking over stores in the video above and at “Thrillist.”

These Countries Have Slapped Tariffs on the American Bourbon Industry

These Countries Have Slapped Tariffs on the American Bourbon Industry

China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union have collectively agreed to impose tariffs on America's beloved bourbon. 

Is this in response to the recent steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump recently implemented?

Trump has made it clear that his administration’s trade policies will reflect his “America First” campaign. 

Trump has threatened to end or at least renegotiate multiple trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and the U.S.-South Korea free-trade agreement. 

The steel and aluminum order introduced a 25% tariff on steel products and 10% on aluminum goods. Trump said, like he has in the past, that Canada and Mexico could remain exempt if a “new and fair” North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) is signed. 

The China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union are making their next move in the trade negotiations by slapping tariffs on bourbon. 

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Bourbon Tasting at Yardbird

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In this episode of Across the Bar, brought to you by the Foodable WebTV Network, we are at Miami's Yardbird. Lead mixologist, Robert Ortenzio prepares a tasting of different bourbons of all different colors. Learn more about this inviting yet complex liquor and the best ingredients for a bourbon cocktail. Watch the full episode to see how the cocktail known as the Pork Chop is uniquely flavored with bourbon, cider, citrus juice and Dijon mustard.

Everything You Need to Know About the Current State of Whiskey in Two Minutes

Everything You Need to Know About the Current State of Whiskey in Two Minutes

By Carlynn Woolsey, Foodable Contributor

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” -Mark Twain

Trendsetters are apt to agree with Twain because 2014 promises to be a big year for whiskey, or whisky, depending on where you are from. Since the 15th century, this spirit has been made and used for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Regardless of the reason for imbibing, whisk[e]y has definitive feel-good properties, but it can be pretty confusing for the average consumer to navigate, too. With so many different ways of distilling it — not to mention two different ways of spelling it — and brands and flavors galore, this is one trend that can benefit from a breakdown.

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