Poor Vida Hot Sauce – Cherry Limeade
White Wine Vinegar, Serrano Peppers, Water, Jalapeno Peppers, Lime Juice, Olive Oil, Cherry Balsamic Vinegar, Sweetened Cherry Juice, Garlic, Cilantro, Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt, Seasoned Pepper, Xanthan Gum
Cherry Limeade Hot Sauce was the first vinegar based hot sauce formula created for Poor Vida, but it wasn’t the first time I had ever made a hot sauce like this. My first attempt was closer to the Pomegranate Ghost version, but used actual tobasco peppers that I had grown. The plant didn’t do very well, and I only wound up with a couple of handfuls of peppers, so I decided to try my hand at making a vinegar hot sauce. It actually came out really well, but then I was out of peppers. I went shopping to see if I could find more, but all I could find at the store was serranos and jalapenos. I decided to make a green hot sauce, and went with it – serrano, jalapeno, cilantro and lime. As I worked my way through a few iterations, I was running short on my vinegar, but I remembered I had a dark cherry balsamic vinegar in the fridge. I thought it might be weird, but hey, why not. And once I had made that decision, it hit me… Cherry Limeade. Back to the store, searching for ingredients to try to make this theme come to life. Sweetened Cherry Juice instead of sugar, Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt instead of salt, bump up the amount of lime juice… voila! It was so good, I bought a few bottles online so I could give it away to a select group of friends. Posting the picture (and the feedback) of those first few bottles online is what triggered this whole “let’s make a hot sauce company” thing.