Posts Tagged ‘beverage’

Delicious Smoothies

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Smoothie Ingredients

Supposedly the making of pureed fruit beverages, or smoothies, in North America goes back to the 1930′s and were originally based on recipes from Brazil. A smoothie is a blended, often chilled, beverage made from fresh fruit. Sometimes they contain crushed ice, frozen fruit, yogurt or sweeteners. Some smoothies are just fruit! One thing smoothies shouldn’t contain is milk (otherwise it’s a milkshake!).

Here’s how we make our morning smoothies at Ingredient Hotline. Put the following in a blender:

  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup orange juice (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (or to taste)
  • tablespoon chia seeds

This result is nicely chilled because of the frozen berries. Besides pumping up the nutritional value, the chia also acts as a thickener. It’s quick, easy and delicious! Kids love it, and we didn’t need to add sugar.

Do you have a special smoothie recipe of your own? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Pisco Sour

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Here’s a delicious (adult) beverage we discovered when we were down in Peru sourcing innovative and unique ingredients for our clients – the pisco sour. The main ingredient is pisco, a South American brandy widely available in Peru and Chile.


Pisco is a Peruvian liquor distilled from grapes. You can think of the pisco sour as the South American whiskey sour, and in fact, it shares the pairing of liquor with a sour citrus. The similarities end there. Recipes abound, however we tried to make it in the true Peruvian fashion.

For the ingredients, we used:

  • Pisco (2 oz)
  • Lime juice (of about one whole lime)
  • Simple syrup (about a tablespoon)
  • 1 egg white
  • A dash of cinnamon

Pisco Sour Ingredients

The reality is that the proportions of ingredients is probably best done to taste, so consider the above a guideline to get you started. Adjust however you see fit, and don’t be afriad to experiment a little. Also, by rights you want to finish the cocktail off with a dash of angostura bitters. We didn’t have any around, so we substituted cinnamon, which we thought turned out rather well.

To make the drink, put some ice in a cocktail shaker, add the pisco, lime juice, syrup and egg white. Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for twenty seconds or so. Strain the contents into a glass and top with a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Pisco Sour

Here’s a video of the whole process!

2010 Food Industry Trade Shows

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

To find out what’s in store for 2010, here is a handy and quick guide to this year’s events and trade shows that are related to the food industry.

If you like, you can also download the list!