Root beer! Everyone loves a nice cold mug of this creamy, foamy soft drink, but have you ever wondered where it comes from? Root beer’s roots are actually tied to beer, which is why the word appears right in its name. Early versions of beer were often brewed as a way to make water safer for consumption. Prior to the 19th century, drinking water could be dangerous, as public waterways were often contaminated with human and animal waste. Fermented beverages were known to be safer, leading many people to regularly consume low-alcohol beers, also known as small beers, instead of water. Early root beers were born out of the small beer tradition, when people began to add the roots of sassafras and sarsaparilla plants, which were thought to have medicinal properties. The resulting beverage, a literal root beer, would have been reminiscent of the soft drink we know and love today, though less sweet, and with a low alcohol content.
The holidays are fast approaching, the seasons have changed. Thoughts of summer fade into distant memories, warm sweaters and hot drinks become an essential part of the day to day life. As you begin to plan your holiday festivities consider a homemade mulled apple cider drink steeped in rich tradition and heritage for your next dinner, soiree or holiday feast.
Saffron is a beautiful spice that is plucked from the center of a crocus flower. Each strand is hand harvested from the flower, and it is one of the most expensive spices in the world. Saffron has a sweet earthy flavor, and imparts a yellow-orange color into any dish it is composed with. It is most commonly used in risottos, Indian dishes and Persian cuisines.
Many of us have a childhood memory or two that involves malts, shakes or any other ice cream based confection. Mine is a small diner, the best hamburger I have ever had to this day, and a thick and rich chocolate shake.
SpiceJungle carries a large variety of dried chili peppers. Everything from Scorpion chilies to Ghost Peppers. Chiles range in levels of heat, flavor, and intensity. Each chile pepper is ranked on a scale of heat intensity called a Scoville unit, developed in 1912 by Wilbur Scoville. Each chile is ranked in multiples of 100 units with the sweet red pepper ranked at zero Scoville units while the Ghost chile pepper is ranked at 1,000,000 Scoville units.
A cold and refreshing glass of iced tea is the perfect drink to sip on for just about any occasion. At SpiceJungle we offer many loose leaf teas, but no other tea seems to have the unique flavor and vibrant color to that of hibiscus tea. Bright magenta pink in color, floral and citrusy in flavor, hibiscus flowers can be steeped to make a refreshing and caffeine-free iced tea.
While many of you may have seen dried hibiscus flowers used in our loose leaf teas, hibiscus tea can also be made by steeping hibiscus powder (ground hibiscus flowers) in hot water to bring out the bright and tangy flavor. It can also be added to fruit juice and alcoholic beverages for an added twist of color and flavor.