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Cider Bourbon Cocktail

February 27, 2015

 The fruity flavor of the aji amarillo syrup picks up on the sweetness of the bourbon in this refreshing cocktail.  1.5 oz bourbon (we like Town Branch) .5 oz aji amarillo simple syrup juice of 1/2 lemon dry cider beer maraschino cherry In a rocks glass, combine bourbon, syrup, and lemon. Add ice, top with cider beer and garnish with maraschino cherry. Enjoy.  

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Chili Pepper Simple Syrup

February 27, 2015

Simply syrups infused with chilies couldn't be easier to make and they will enhance any cocktail.  We call for a quarter cup of dried chilies below.  Just keep in mind that if you're using a chili with a lot of heat (habanero, ghost, pequin, etc) you may want to cut that in half. Or you may just be happy with a really kicking cocktail. And although we developed these syrups with cocktails in mind, they would work great to enhance sorbet, fruit salad or an unexpected pastry garnish.  1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup dried chilies (for really hot chilies, use less unless you want it really spicy) In a small sauce pan, bring all three ingredients to...

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Pork Chops with Aji-Pepita Chimichurri

February 25, 2015

Pork chops love the round sweetness of fruit (think about all the pork chops with apples or pears that you’ve had in your life), making the aji amarillo pepper, known for its compelling fruitiness, a perfect match. Here, the pepper contributes in two forms: first, whole dried peppers are rehydrated to add richness and sweet, berry-like acidity to a pepita-based chimichurri sauce. Then ground aji amarillo is used in place of plain black pepper to season the chops before they hit the pan. Serves 4 2 dried aji amarillo chili peppers 1 cup boiling water ¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 1 cup each flat leaf parsley, mint, and cilantro 3 garlic cloves ½ lemon, cut into quarters and seeds removed...

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