Our Staff Picks Might Be Yours Too

By Liz Strauss
on November 25, 2019

Our Staff Picks Might Be Yours Too

 Here at Port Plums, we have over 65 different olive oils and vinegars. 

Could you imagine trying to pick a favorite?
Luckily, we are here to guide you!
All of our staff members have a favorite and want nothing more than for you to try them!

 


Katie Shernan, Co Owner
“I love the versatility of this balsamic! It's delicious on sweet and savory dishes but my favorite way to use it is in a simple dressing with olive oil,
Old World Gourmet mustard, salt, and pepper.”
Aged up to 18 years in chestnut, oak, mulberry, and ash barrels, this robust balsamic is a perfect pair to just about any of our oils. It even tastes great on its own with your favorite vegetables, meat, and fruit.
   

 



Karen Shernan, Co Owner

“I like the Lemon Fused Olive Oil because it makes a great light base for a salad dressing, is wonderful for cooking seafood and roasting spring vegetables. I also use it as my body oil in the winter when my skin is dry!”
As it’s harvested and produced using traditional granite millstones in Italy, the Lemon Fused Olive Oil is a premium fresh pick for our staff. Produced by crushing the olive and lemons simultaneously in the same press with no added essences, the essential oils from the lemons harmonize with the oil of the Coratina olives. We especially love that these olives are hand-harvested by the producer in Andria near the Adriatic Coast. This oil works well drizzled on top
of sautéed vegetables, a green salad, or can even be used to
make a homemade aioli!


Maggie Griffin, Store Manager & Social Media
“My favorite vinegar in the whole store is the pineapple balsamic. It's sweet but tangy and awesome mixed into a cocktail with coconut rum. Also great drizzled over grilled fruit, steak tips, or just as a salad dressing. I recently added it to some salsa that my mom made with mango, black beans, and avocado and it was amazing! I’m pretty sure my dad licked the bowl clean.”
This staff favorite makes a delicious addition to marinades and dressings, pairing perfectly with our Chipotle Olive Oil or Harissa Olive Oil for a smoky and spicy flavor. If you’re a fan of grilling, this might also be your new favorite! It also pairs nicely with our Dark Toasted Sesame Oil for an Asian flair.
  

Leighann Richards, Store Manager & Buyer
“I love to use this one for a bright simple vinaigrette with Dijon mustard, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea salt and pepper!”
Our Champagne Vinegar sources from the Ardenne region of France, giving us the crisp, creamy, and acidic essence to our favorite recipes. You may try it with vinaigrettes, marinades, sauces, homemade mayo or aioli. It’s even great for pickling and preserving!


Liz Strauss, Content Writer & Sales Associate
“What I love most about this oil is that it allows me to add a superfood to just about any of my dishes. Whether I’m cooking with it or just using it as a dressing, it adds that extra nutritious and yummy boost some meals might be lacking!”
This 100% pure, all-natural, and handcrafted oil is made from premium avocados. Its buttery sensation can’t help but project its richness, yet it leaves no overwhelming flavors like you would expect. While you can use this oil with uncooked foods, we would also recommend cooking with it because of its high smoke point compared to olive oils.


Emily, Sales Associate
“I use all of the dark balsamics, but the raspberry is always my go-to. It has a wide variety of uses from something as a simple as a salad dressing, in a smoothie, or even drizzled over vanilla ice cream.”
Both delicate and fruity, this dark balsamic pairs nicely with any salad, yogurt, granola, meat, or even works as a glaze or in a marinade! Its sweet and tartness works well on its own, but is also commonly paired with our Persian Lime Oil.

Eleni, Sales Associate
“My favorite is the Cranberry Pear Vinegar because of its light and sweet flavor. I love to use it on oatmeal and as a dressing for salads.”
This happens to be our most popular white balsamic. Because of its crisp, tart flavor, it compliments any green salad, chevre, or vanilla yogurt perfectly. We also like to use it in mixed drinks!
(Be sure to check out our holiday cocktail recipe blog!)



Shannon, Sales Associate
Pesto Infused Olive Oil
“My favorite olive oil is the pesto infused oil. As a big fan of the basil, parmesan, and garlic combo, I love to drizzle it over pasta or use it for bread dipping.”
Looking for a new approach to pasta? With its fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and garlic flavors, our pesto infused olive oil tastes delicious drizzled over not only pasta, but also homemade focaccia, white pizza, Caprese salad, grilled eggplant, or even just for bread dipping!
 
Now that you have an idea of what we recommend, it's the perfect time to swing by and see for yourself.










Photos by Maggie Griffin

6 Holiday Cocktails We Are Dying For You To Try This Season

By Liz Strauss
on October 31, 2019

6 Holiday Cocktails We Are Dying For You To Try This Season

Have you ever tried using your favorite balsamic vinegar in a cocktail? This season we have some incredibly tasty cocktail recipes that are perfect for any holiday gathering, sitting by the fire, or simply just to go with your dinner.

Seasonings Greetings

Ingredients:

1 fluid oz Beach Plum Balsamic Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz vodka

1/3 cup club soda

A small handful of frozen cranberries (to act as ice)

Rosemary sprig

Instructions:

  1. Combine Beach Plum Balsamic Vinegar, club soda, and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.
  2. Drop a small handful of frozen cranberries in the drink to act as ice and garnish with rosemary sprig.

Love You a Latte

Ingredients:

1 fluid oz Espresso Balsamic Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz vanilla vodka

1.5 fluid oz Kahlua

1/3 cup milk

Dark chocolate shavings or espresso beans

Instructions:

  1. Combine vodka, Espresso Balsamic Vinegar, Kahlua, in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and pour into a martini glass.
  2. Steam milk and pour into a martini glass for a frothed top.
  3. Top with dark chocolate shavings or espresso beans.

Sappily Ever After

Ingredients:

1 fluid oz Maple Balsamic Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz bourbon

1/3 cup ginger beer (or Ginger Ale)

1 cup ice

Instructions:

  1. Combine Maple Balsamic Vinegar, ginger beer, bourbon, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.

Apple of My Eye

Ingredients:

1 fluid oz Gala Apple Balsamic Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz rum or honey whiskey

1/3 cup club soda

1 cup ice

Caramel Sauce

Cinnamon & sugar in the raw 

Instructions:

  1. Combine Gala Apple Balsamic Vinegar, club soda, rum, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.
  2. To rim the glass, cover a small plate with caramel sauce and mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Dip the rim of the glass in the caramel and into the cinnamon sugar. 

Feast Your Eyes

Ingredients:

1 fluid oz Mulled Cider Vinegar

1.5 fluid oz bourbon

1/3 cup ginger beer (or Ginger Ale)

1 cup ice

Lemon slice (garnish)

Orange slice

Instructions:

  1. Combine Mulled Cider Vinegar, ginger beer, bourbon, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.
  2. Stick lemon slice on the rim, and/or add lemon and orange slices to drink

Sweater Weather

Cinnamon Pear Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 fluid oz Cinnamon Pear Balsamic

1.5 fluid oz bourbon

1/3 cup club soda

1 cup ice

Cinnamon sugar rim and cinnamon stick

Instructions:

  1. Combine Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, club soda, bourbon, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover, shake and strain into glass.
  2. To rim the glass, cover a small plate with honey and mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Dip the rim of the glass in the honey and into the cinnamon sugar.
  3. Place a cinnamon stick in drink to garnish.

These are some of our favorite holiday cocktails at the moment and we can’t wait for you to give them a whirl. Let us know what you think next time you stop by.

Cheers!

P.S. Have an eye on the glasses featured in these pictures? Visit us in store and we’ll be happy to help you decide on the perfect glassware for your next cocktail party!

 

 


Photos by Maggie Griffin

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