Piment d'Espelette Hot Sauce
Basque hot sauce.
Walk down any grocery store aisle in American and you'll see a wall of hot sauces. For some reason we've come to judge their quality by the level of caution on the label, not by the way they taste.
This one might change your expectations. Its flavor is crisp, bright and sweet with a confident kick of spice that tickles—not numbs—the tongue. It's made in the Basque region straddling France and Spain by infusing local wine vinegar with dried piment d'Espelette red pepper, the defining spice of the region's cuisine.
Use it with all sorts of dishes: fish, roasted meats, grilled veggies, scrambled eggs. Or give your Bloody Mary a Basque accent.