Update: Rave Review! does not seem to be in business anymore.
A lot of Texas wine drinkers also enjoy cooking. Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Spirits™, the first line of spirits produced specifically for cooking is now available in Texas. The four culinary spirits (brandy, rum, blended bourbon, and hops) are designed to be heat stable and come in two sizes: 200ml bottles (SRP $9.99) and 1L bottles for the professional kitchen.
The portfolio will be distributed statewide in Texas by A to Z Wholesale Wine & Spirits (Dallas).
“Texas, with its rich culinary traditions – especially barbecue and Tex-Mex – is an ideal market to launch the brand,” said Jim Lindner, president and CEO of Restoration Spirits, Inc., who crafted the line. Lindner is convinced that “cooking with spirits has not kept pace with the culinary evolution,” so he decided “to find out how spirits made for cooking would differ from those designed for drinking.”
A panel of award-winning executive chefs, food scientists, and culinary experts contributed their food, their experience, and their palates to develop the ultimate flavor of each product. The chefs determined that 30% alcohol by volume was ideal for carrying the aroma and taste through the heating process. The resulting liquid has an extremely smooth finish, which makes it ideal for the culinary blending of flavors and producing balanced food.
“Heat stability is one of the crucial differences between our culinary spirits and traditional beverage spirits – although ours are still delicious unheated,” noted Lindner. Rave Review! culinary spirits retain their color, aroma and flavor after cooking. Additionally, the line has 25% fewer calories per serving than many beverage spirits. According to Lindner, the sugar content was purposely kept low to allow for more culinary flexibility. “There’s no taking back sweetness,” he said. “When you’re in the kitchen, you know where the sugar bowl is, and with Rave Review! culinary spirits, you can always add more.”
“A to Z is proud to represent Jim Lindner’s visionary new product Rave Review!,” said Alberto Robles, vice president, A to Z Wholesale Wine & Spirits. “True innovation is the life blood of the wine and spirits industry, and Rave Review! has created an entirely new category – culinary spirits. Every professional or aspiring amateur chef should have the selection of Rave Review! in his or her kitchen.”
Rave Review! ™ Original Culinary Spirits™ are available in South Florida, New York, Texas, Kentucky, California, and online.
The Rave Review! Original Culinary Spirits portfolio includes:
Rave Review! ™ Original Culinary Brandy™ — Featuring a dash of oak and a hint of orange zest, our Brandy is decadent in desserts, wonderful with savory pork and poultry creations and superb for deglazing pan sauces.
Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Rum™ — Lacking the overpowering sweetness found in traditional rums, our Rum is delicious in recipes ranging from a savory Caribbean black bean dip to traditional rum balls and cake.
Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Blended Bourbon™ — With its slight smokiness and smooth vanilla finish, our Bourbon is ideal in dishes ranging from frosting to BBQ sauce. Better yet – it’s a great substitute for vanilla extract.
Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Hops™ — Featuring an aroma similar to an India Pale Ale, our Hops is a great addition to seafood dishes like steamed mussels and marinades for steak. It even gives a little extra something to roasted vegetables.
A holiday gift bag will be available at stores that carry Rave Review! products. The carry bag holds 4 bottles, but isn’t pre-packed, so consumers can choose whichever Rave Review! products they like. Also, at $9.99/200ml, they make great stocking stuffers for anyone who likes to cook!