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Balsamic Cocktails for Summer

The family of sour cocktails is some of our favorites and they follow a very simple formula. Margaritas, Whiskey Sours, Daiquiris and Sidecars all have something in common. They are made of a ratio of 1 part sweet: 1 part sour: 2 parts spirit. The sweet and sour parts of the ratio can slide up and down depending on taste and the ingredients you are using, but this general formula is a home bartender’s best friend!

We Olive Balsamic Vinegars, both white and dark, are balanced in sweetness and acidity making them the perfect addition to a classic sour cocktail. Simply use our adapted ratio of 1.5 – 2 parts balsamic vinegar: 2 parts spirits and a modern twist on a classic sour is born.

Simply add the desired ratio of balsamic vinegar and the spirit of your choice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass and serve neat or over ice. Check out our favorite combinations along with some fun upgrades and garnishes for modern twists on summer cocktails!

Peach White Balsamic Vinegar + Vodka

Try adding – a squeeze of lime juice to the shaker and garnish with fresh mint and a splash of sparkling wine

Peach White Balsamic Vinegar + Bourbon

Try this – Mix with Iced Tea and garnish with fresh basil

Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar + Tequila

Try this – add a splash of orange liqueur and a squeeze of lime juice to the shaker and garnish with a lime wedge

Strawberry White Balsamic + Gin

Try this – Top with tonic and garnish with a lime wedge

Aged Balsamic Vinegar + Whiskey

Try this – top with ginger beer and garnish fresh mint

Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar + Gin

Try this – top with club soda and garnish with a lime wedge

Fig Balsamic Vinegar + Bourbon

Try this – add a splash of fresh orange juice to the shaker and garnish with an orange twist

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How to use Peach White Balsamic Vinegar

Our Peach White Balsamic Vinegar is one of our most popular vinegars for a good reason; it’s sweet and tangy and delightfully aromatic with a bouquet of peach flavors. We’ve put together a list so you know exactly how to use our Peach White Balsamic Vinegar.

To Pickle

Try quick-pickling thinly sliced onions, as we do on our BBQ Chicken Flatbread or whip up this Peach Mostarda as an accompaniment to grilled meats or an artisan cheese and charcuterie board.

In cocktails

Try our Peach Basil Mimosa, add it to Iced Tea or test your bartending skills out with a Peach Balsamic Smash.

As a glaze

This sweet and tangy vinegar works nicely as a glaze for grilled pork, poultry and fruit. Learn more here.

On sweets

Drizzle it over ice cream or make a glaze for our favorite olive oil cake recipe.

To dress or finish a dish

Combine it with your favorite olive oil in equal parts to dress a salad, drizzle it over these crostini or rethink a classic Caprese with peaches, burrata and fresh basil topped with Peach White Balsamic Vinegar and Fresh Basil Olive Oil.

Ice Cream Toppings

While olive oil and vinegar may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to ice cream toppings, they just might be your new favorite! Top-quality EVOO and balsamic vinegars and richness and complexity to basic chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Here are some of our favorite ways to use olive oil and vinegar as an ice cream topping.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Whether you prefer a robust, grassy olive oil or a delicate, fruity EVOO, extra virgin olive oil is absolutely delicious on chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Drizzle liberally and then sprinkle with a coarse sea salt, such as Maldon, to really make the flavors pop.

Flavored Olive Oil

While we’d probably steer clear of Garlic Olive Oil on ice cream, Meyer Lemon is lovely on strawberry ice cream and Blood Orange Olive is delicious over chocolate ice cream. We’d also recommend trying Fresh Basil Olive Oil on peach ice cream!

Balsamic Vinegar

Our balsamic vinegars lean on the sweet and tangy side making them a delicious alternative to chocolate or caramel sauce. Our Aged Balsamic Vinegar is best over vanilla or chocolate ice cream with fresh strawberries. Try our Peach, Pineapple or Strawberry White Balsamic Vinegars on vanilla or fruit-based ice creams. Our dark balsamics include Blackberry, Fig, Blood Orange and Triple Chocolate and work equally well on vanilla or chocolate ice cream!

Healthy Recipes for Summer

We’ve put together a few of our favorite healthy recipes for summer. These dishes are stocked with summer produce, loaded with flavor and feature heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil.

Watermelon & Cucumber Salad

This recipe comes from one of our favorite bloggers, Smitten Kitchen, who adapted this recipe from the cookbook Saladish. We love the use of ricotta salata in place of feta and the touch pepitas for crunch! Try this with your favorite EVOO or for extra flavor try Meyer Lemon or Fresh Jalapeno Olive Oils. Get the recipe here.

Thyme, Peach, Honey & Goat Cheese Crostini

This recipe was slightly adapted from Half Baked Harvest and we cannot get enough of it!! This super summery combination of flavors makes a delicious appetizer, but we’d be happy to eat a plate of these with a glass of wine for dinner. Our version uses our Fresh Basil Olive Oil and Peach White Balsamic Vinegar but you can experiment with your favorite EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe here.

Tomato, Avocado & Burrata Toasts

We adapted this recipe from How Sweet Eats and could honestly eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out the original recipe which has a delicious herb drizzle that we replace with our Fresh Basil Olive Oil to save some time. It is the perfect way to eat peak season heirloom tomatoes and avocado toast at the same time. Get the recipe here.

Zucchini Butter

This delicious butter actually contains no butter at all, but it might become your new favorite spread for toast! This is a perfect way to use the abundance of zucchini coming from your garden. Just pair it with your favorite EVOO, we like Arbequina in this one, but you can experiment! Get the recipe here.

Summer requires a little extra hydration and we’ve put together our favorite thirst-quenching beverages that will help you beat the heat!

Sweet Peach Iced Tea

This is a tasty sweet tea that is great as is, but can be spiked with a little vodka and peach schnapps for a grown-up kick. Get the recipe here.

We Olive Refresher

We Olive Culinary Director Suzie Lewitan served this sparkling refresher up to the beat the heat at Paso Robles Olive Festival, but it’s a delicious drink to serve year round. Get the recipe here.

Summer Stone Fruit Sangria

This sangria recipe takes to two our favorite things: peaches and rosé and turns them into a delicious summer sangria featuring our Peach White Balsamic Vinegar. Get the recipe here.

Tropical Sangria

Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar pairs with white wine and tropical fruits to make a refreshing summer cocktail! Get the recipe here.

Quick & Easy Make-Ahead Recipes for Summer

The 4th of July is right around the corner and we are sharing our simplest make-ahead recipes to make Independence Day entertaining a breeze!

Sweet Peach Iced Tea

This is a tasty sweet tea that is great as is but can be spiked with a little vodka and peach schnapps for a grown-up kick.

Parmesan Asiago Dip

This 3-ingredient dip is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that comes together in a snap, making it perfect for entertaining. Serve with veggies and crackers.

Bulgur Salad with Toasted Corn & Summer Squash

This bulgur salad can be served warm or cold and is a great vehicle for any veggies, herbs and cheese you need to use up!

Olive Tapenade Orzo Salad

This easy orzo salad recipe holds up in the heat of a summer day and it features a trio of We Olive bestsellers: Fresh Garlic and Meyer Lemon Olive Oils plus Aged Balsamic Vinegar. Finishing it with Black Olive Tapenade adds complexity and depth.

Blackberry Basil Grilling Marinade

The combination of our Fresh Basil Olive Oil and our Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar is somehow reminiscent of perfectly ripe tomatoes.  Marinate chicken or pork overnight in this combo before grilling!

Strawberry Lemon Cake

This simple summery cake comes together quickly and can be made a day or two in advance of your gathering. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

Summer Grilling Season is Here!

Tis the season for backyard BBQ’s, pool parties and cooking over an open flame! We’ve put together our favorite tips, tricks and recipes for summer grilling. Check out our guide to the grill here.

BEST FOR CHICKEN

Teriyaki Marinade

Our Jalapeno Olive Oil with our Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar is a staff favorite pairing at We Olive and it’s fantastic on chicken! It also makes a beautiful vinaigrette for tropical summer salads like this recipe for Pineapple, Avocado and Buckwheat Noodle Salad. Mixing the Pineapple Balsamic, Jalapeno Olive Oil and Soy Sauce together creates a sweet and spicy teriyaki-like marinade that we love on grilled meats like this recipe for Jalapeno Pineapple Korean Short Ribs.

BEST FOR SEAFOOD

Lemon Herb Marinade

This lemon herb marinade is our go-to for summer grilling. It’s the perfect seafood marinade but it also works beautifully on chicken and vegetables. We used fresh oregano and parsley in this version, but you can swap out any fresh herbs you have on hand. If you don’t have Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, use regular extra virgin olive oil and the zest of a couple of lemons instead.

BEST FOR VEGGIES

Blackberry Basil Marinade

The combination of our Fresh Basil Olive Oil and our Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar is somehow reminiscent of perfectly ripe tomatoes. Drench all of your favorite summer veggies in this before they go on the grill. Our favorites are zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, peppers and mushrooms!

BEST FOR PORK

Smoky Citrus Marinade

The flavors in this marinade are bold and make for a delicious Spanish-inspired meal from the grill. We Olive’s fruity and aromatic Blood Orange Olive Oil is paired with oregano, garlic and smoked paprika and works equally well on both meats and vegetables. Try it with this recipe for Spanish Blood Orange Pork Kebabs.

BEST FOR BEEF

Balsamic Marinade

This simple marinade is delicious on flank or skirt steak but really works for anything you plan to grill: pork, chicken, even veggies will benefit from a soak in this sauce!

BEST FOR FRUIT

Balsamic Glaze

We Olive balsamic vinegars are tangy and sweet making them a great finishing sauce for anything off the grill. It’s a great technique for grilling fruit that you want to serve in both sweet and savory applications! The key to glazing with a We Olive balsamic is all about timing. Brush on the balsamic in the last 5 – 10 minutes of cooking so that the natural sugars in the vinegar don’t begin to burn before your meat is cooked. The balsamic vinegar glaze will add a deeply flavorful finish to anything you grill.

Thursday, June 21st is National Selfie Day, which means there is officially a holiday for everything. It also means that when you participating We Olive locations, snap a selfie and post to social media, you’ll get a 15% discount on your entire purchase. Get the details on this promotion here:

To receive a 15% discount on your purchase at participating We Olive locations, you must:

  1. Take a selfie in a We Olive location on June 21, 2018.
  2. Post the selfie to Facebook or Instagram and add the We Olive location.
  3. Show the selfie to a sales associate upon checking out and receive 15% off your purchase, tax and shipping not included.

Offer valid on retail and wine bar purchases. Offer not valid online, in-store only on June 21, 2018. Contact your local We Olive for details.

 

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th and we have great gifts for the great dads in your life! Check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide and then visit our online shop or one of our locations to shop for Dad!

Custom Etched Bottles

Surprise dad with this unique etched bottle this Father’s Day! Each bottle is etched and hand-painted by skilled artisans. This commemorative bottle can be enjoyed for many years to come. Choose your favorite olive oil or vinegar. The bottle can be refilled in any of our We Olive locations (price per ounce may vary per location). Be sure to bring your bottle back clean and dry. Hand-wash only. Please allow 7-10 days for processing, plus 2-7 days for shipping from California.

$54.00 – $70.00

We Olive Jalapeno Olive Oil

Feel the delicious burn with our Jalapeno Flavored Olive Oil.  Fresh jalapenos are crushed with the olives to create this naturally flavored olive oil. This wonderfully vibrant olive oil has a nice heat without being over-powering. Try our Jalapeno Flavored Olive Oil with We Olive Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar for a sweet heat dressing for salad or slaws.  Or, slather pork chops with Jalapeno Olive Oil and We Olive Peach White Balsamic vinegar for a sticky, sweet, & spicy supper.

$23.00 – $39.00

We Olive Salts & Seasonings

Bring your meals to life with We Olive’s delicious seasonings and salts! A great addition to your favorite chef’s kitchen! Flavors include: Sriracha Hot Chili Seasoning, Ghost Pepper Sea Salt, Garlic Salt with Parsley, Chili Barbecue Spice Rub and All Purpose Seasoning Salt.

$8.95 each

Anything with Truffles!

Check out our collection of decadent and delicious truffle products. You’ll find truffle oils, salts, seasonings, pasta and a mind-blowing truffle hot sauce!

$10.95 – $29.95

We Olive Triple Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

Milk, semi-sweet and dark chocolate are combined with rich, tangy balsamic vinegar to create this deliciously unique, all natural, Triple Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar. Try it on your favorite dessert or grilled fruit. Be extra creative by adding a drizzle to your favorite cheeses, on salads and in pork and chicken dishes.

$19.00

We Olive Essentials Gift Box

A little collection of what we consider to be the We Olive essentials. Your pantry should never be without these popular items! Includes: We Olive Aged Balsamic Vinegar, We Olive Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Spicy Green Olive Tapenade, Black Olive Tapenade and Dipping Dish packed neatly in a gift box.

$79.95

We Olive Gourmet Pantry Gift Box

This extravagant gift box is the perfect gift for any serious foodie!  A delectable assortment of essential We Olive products to explore your every culinary whim.  This gift comes complete with olive wood serving pieces and “The Passionate Olive” by Carol Firenze, where you’ll learn 101 things you can do with olive oil!  Arrives attractively gift boxed. Includes: We Olive Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, We Olive Aged Balsamic Vinegar, We Olive Roasted Garlic Dipping Oil & Pasta Toss, We Olive All Purpose Seasoning Salt, The Passionate Olive Book, We Olive Parmesan Asiago Dip, We Olive Black Olive Tapenade, We Olive Wasabi Sake Mustard, We Olive Gourmet Green Olives, An Olive Pick, (2) Olive wood dipping bowls, An olive wood serving board.

$199.95

Are you planning a wedding or special event? We Olive has fantastic options for unique wedding favors and gifts for your special day.

Custom Label Bottles

Our Custom Label Bottle program allows you to choose your favorite olive oil or vinegar in a variety of bottle sizes and add a personalized label for your special day! Choose from our collection of wedding labels or upload your own design!

Get details here.

Etched Bottles

Our etched bottles make great gifts for members of your wedding party, VIP guests or for table decor! Each bottle is etched and hand-painted by skilled artisans and can be personalized with custom text. There are several designs to choose from for your special day as well as holidays!

This commemorative bottle can be enjoyed for many years to come. Choose your favorite olive oil or vinegar. The bottle can be refilled in any of our We Olive locations (price per ounce may vary per location). Be sure to bring your bottle back clean and dry. Hand-wash only.

Shop Etched Bottles here.

 

Etched wine bottles are currently available at We Olive & Wine Bar La Jolla and We Olive & Wine Bar Los Gatos.