Posts tagged Drinks

Viking Blod

While my blogs usually start off with me walking the market and finding a new culinary treasure displayed on the shelves, this time it was actually my husband’s fortune.

A new mead has arrived at Magnolia Square Market, its bottle sets it apart from the myriad of shiny, colored glass beer and wine bottles. This vessel is ceramic and painted in black matte, which catches the eye with a red, white and gold label.  ‘Viking Blod’ if that name doesn’t inspire sense of intrigue you may want to check your pulse.  My husband said it evoked thought of Klingon Blood Wine, which considering the name is interestingly coincidental… It is a warrior’s drink!

Viking Blod a Nordic honey wine with hibiscus and hops added (they had my husband at “honey wine”).  Theo saw husband’s interest was piqued and handed him a bottle, so here we are sitting in the dining room after the kids are in bed, with mismatched glassware and a chilled bottle between us.

We were looking forward to sampling it all afternoon. We actually had mead (a honey wine) served at our wedding 10 years ago. They were both homebrewed by our friends and have set the bar pretty high for us when we have tried other store bought bottles. I am a big fan of sweet drinks so mead has always been a personal favorite, while my husband’s tastes lean more towards Scotch or beer.

DSCF0079 While neither of us are master brewers or sommeliers here is what we thought of Viking Blod.

The smell was very pleasant with flowery sweetness and hint of spice, it is 19% ABV and you can clearly smell it. It has a beautiful rose and old gold color, and we both noticed how the tears rolled slowly down the glass.

The first sip was sweet and easily recognized as a mead, and was much better than the last store bought mead we had tried.  I got flowery notes with a lite spice and a very pleasant taste that lingers on the tongue. I is definitely something I might take with me to the next girl’s night to share a few glasses with.

My husband found a smoky flavor, almost peat like with whisky but not as much. The hops were light and not at all overpowering and mixed with the spicy sweetness. It was something that he would want to drink out at camp surrounded by friends around a fire.

All around we feel that it is a wonderful drink to sit back and enjoy.

 

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In with the new!

The month of May has been a good one! Here at the market we have hit the one year mark, both Magnolia Square & Willow Tree are welcoming Coca Cola products in, and our Chefs have proudly introduced our new style of German potato salad.

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What’s special about our new potato salad is the guest feedback we looked for while debating on changing an item we’ve had for so long. During several lunches we sent samples out and after talking it over and looking at all the positive comments the decision was made.

I tried it today twice, I had one small bowl that was heated properly and the other served cold like we have available at the market. Heated I could taste more of the applewood smoked bacon we use that has (as the name implies) a smokey taste. We are now using red potato which changes the texture to a bite that is more firm. The pickles & apple cider vinegar give it a much tangier flavorful profile than the other version had. Altogether I enjoyed it both hot and cold….maybe a little better hot though….I’ve gotten so used to the German style it’s hard to look at a Southern potato salad the same way.

Now that the temperature & humidity outside has been steadily creeping up, I’m greatly looking forward to picnics, beach days, and just lots of time outside with family and friends. Aside from packing lots of water bottles, soda (or cola, if you prefer) is usually always on my picnic shopping list. Monday at Magnolia Square Market our new Coca-Cola refrigerator was delivered and stocked. I can’t describe my joy when I saw glass bottles going in.

When I got a closer look I noticed two things, first was that the bottles looked a little different than I’ve seen before, second that the labels were written in Spanish. When I asked about this I was told that these are indeed Mexican. Instead of using processed sugars & syrups the three brands in glass bottles (Coca-Cola, Fanta, & Sprite) are made using cane sugar.

Well OBVIOUSLY I had to try it! Now I don’t drink Coke products that often, and I feel a little silly getting so excited about a bottle of Coca-Cola, but it was REALLY good! There is a very noticeable difference, the carbonated bite that often irritated me with Coca-Cola is much less pronounced. It is actually smooth and refreshing (hmm sounds like a familiar slogan). Theo cracked open a bottle and said it reminded him of how it used to taste when he was a kid, which is when it hit me that it tastes JUST like the Coca-Cola throwback’s they had out a few years ago!

Since we have 3 glass bottled sodas I couldn’t in good conscience not continue the comparison, I’ll deal with the calories Sunday while I’m running a 5K.

The Fanta’s flavor was just as good as the glass bottled coke; the orange sweetness wasn’t harsh with carbonation & didn’t have the metallic taste of its canned cousins.  After such an amazing difference with the first two I was really surprised that the Sprite tasted just like normal, just without the minimal aluminum taste. I can only guess it’s because the strong flavor of lemon-lime covers it so well.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend, and a safe Memorial Day!

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