Get your new year off to a sweet beginning with these local jams, marmalades and fruit spreads.
Aloha Screwdriver jam from On the Rocks Gourmet Jams
When you open your jar of Aloha Screwdriver jam you are immediately transported to the tropics. The fragrance of pineapple is the first thing you notice, but there’s strawberry and mango in there, too. The combination is luscious. And the fact that it’s a cocktail jam means this particular flavor includes premium vodka in the mix. Cathy Cowan, the founder of Atlanta-based On the Rocks Gourmet Jams wants her line of products to recreate the pleasures of a leisurely brunch enhanced by a classic cocktail. The flavors are enticing and include Peach Bellini, Patron Paradise and Raspberry Mimosa. We found Aloha Screwdriver was just the right antidote to our winter woes. Drop a teaspoon into a flute and add Prosecco. Now you’ve got an On the Rocks spritzer that will make you forget cold, rainy January even exists.
$6.99 per 4.3-ounce jar, $10.99 per 11-ounce jar. Available online on Amazon and at ontherocksjam.com/.
Orange Meyer Lemon artisan fruit spread from Regina’s Farm Kitchen
Dunwoody, Georgia, is the home of Regina Nekold Hild. She was raised on a farm in Iowa but moved to metro Atlanta for a corporate career after college. Hild made the switch to a culinary career in 2008 and founded Regina’s Farm Kitchen in 2015, focusing on small batch fruit-based products like jams and spreadable fruits. Now she has partnered with Franklin Farms of Statesboro, Georgia, to produce a spread of Georgia-grown satsuma oranges and Meyer lemons. Last year some of the citrus came from other growers as well as Franklin Farms, but this year? The spread is made entirely of Franklin Farms fruit. And it’s delicious. It has the bright citrus flavor of marmalade but with none of the bitterness that can come from the addition of too much citrus peel. Hild suggests using it as a glaze for caramelized Brussels sprouts or in a flourless chocolate cake. Recipes for both (and more) are on her website.
$9.75 per 12-ounce jar. Available at Cook’s Warehouse, CalyRoad Creamery, Lucy’s Market, Wahoo Wine & Provisions, KSquared Artisan Boutique or online at reginasfarmkitchen.com/.
Sweet potato marmalade from Sweet Potato Cafe
Stone Mountain’s Sweet Potato Cafe features brunch, lunch and dinner menus filled with all things sweet potato. Chef Karen Patton’s creations range from sweet potato hummus to peanut butter sandwiches with sweet potato marmalade. That sweet potato marmalade caught our eye. Sweet potato marmalade? Turns out this combination of sweet potatoes, carrots, pineapple, lemon and orange is a delightful surprise. Tender threads and cubes of these fruits and vegetables sit in a lightly spiced syrup flavored with allspice and nutmeg. The marmalade is thick enough to stand up to your favorite biscuits, but we have to admit, we’re thinking “ham sandwich.” (No disrespect to peanut butter, of course.) And for cheese boards? It’s a natural.
$5.49 per 10-ounce jar. Available at Ace Intown Hardware in Decatur, Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia Gifts & More in Tucker and at Sweet Potato Cafe, 5377 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. thesweetpotatocafe.net/
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