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Volume 3 | Issue 11

November 8, 2017

Craft + Cocktail + Cuisine


Raise your glass to an exciting new twist on the mixology trend. Cocktail flavors are moving from the bar to back-of-house, in the form of glazes, salad dressings, sauces and condiments. Rather than a typical cocktail pairing (i.e. matching a beverage to a dish) it's about creating signature menu items that showcase the alcohol-inspired flavors within. Whiskey glazes and vodka sauces have been popular with patrons for years, but the newest alcohol-infused ingredients are more in line with craft cocktails than simply base spirits. Ready-to-use products featuring these flavor profiles simplify the development process, too. Desserts, grilled meats, seafood and fruit dressed with mojito syrup, a Manhattan reduction or a Paloma drizzle bring new life to traditional menu items. We'll drink to that!

Get inspired! We'll show you how to transform the flavors of popular cocktails into signature soups, appetizers and entrées in our latest video.



Sautéed Chicken with Apple Brandy Glaze
Tender sautéed chicken accompanied by mushrooms and a creamy, sweet-and-savory apple brandy glaze. View Recipe

Margarita Chicken
Juicy chicken in a tequila-citrus “margarita” marinade, sautéed with a variety of fajita vegetables. View Recipe

Grilled Venison Chop with Mulled Wine Sauce
Herb and spice-marinated venison chops, deglazed with Burgundy wine, grilled and served with a rich demi-glace sauce. View Recipe

Belgian Beer-Battered Fish Sandwich with Harissa Tartar Sauce
Cod battered in a citrus and Belgian beer tempura, fried to a crisp and served sandwich-style with a harissa tartar sauce. View Recipe


Ready to use sauces and concentrates from Custom Culinary® are the perfect flavor carriers for cocktail-inspired condiments, dipping sauces and marinades.

Chef Talk

Chef Michael Smith recounts his delicious trip to Seoul —from the jaw-dropping grocery stores to BBQ joints to street carts—and share how the memorable dishes he tried can inspire your own menu.

FlavorIQ® enables our customers' growth and success by approaching the creation of customized solutions with a bold mix of expertise, aspiration and curiosity. We develop unique products, menu concepts and "gold standard" flavor delivery systems, meeting the requirements of our customers today and anticipating their emerging needs, too. The opportunities we identify for operators and food manufacturers on a global scale are rooted in a deep understanding of the culinary arts, sensory science, consumer insights and food science. Our ultimate goal? Innovation without limits.