Balsamic vinegar in a cocktail!? Yes!
It may sound strange, but the sweet, rich and slightly acidic flavors of our premium balsamic vinegars make great additions to an endless variety of cocktails and other mixed drinks. In fact, adding vinegar to drinks is a longstanding tradition. During the American Revolution mixed fruit, water, and vinegar drinks called “Shrubs” were popular (although usually not spiked with alcohol).
So what better way to weather tough times and be patriotic than to indulge in one of these delicious balsamic cocktails while practicing social distancing!
NOTE: Each of the following recipes can easily be modified. Substitute in another of your favorite Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Balsamics, add different fruit, more alcohol… the possibilities are endless!
Fruity White Balsamic Vinegar Mojito
- 1/2 ounce Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Cascade Raspberry White Balsamic Vinegar (or another of your favorite Rocky Mountain Olive Oil White Balsamic)
- 1 1/2 ounces White Rum
- 1/2 ounce Lime Juice
- 5-6 Mint leaves
- 1/2 ounce Agave
- Club Soda
At the bottom of a tall glass, muddle the mint leaves. Then, add your favorite fruity Rocky Mountain Olive Oil White Balsamic Vinegar (we love it with our Cascade Raspberry Balsamic, but you can sub in any white balsamic like Key Lime, Pomegranate-Quince, Peach, or Cranberry Pear).
After adding the balsamic vinegar, add the rum, lime juice, and agave to the glass before topping off with club soda. Stir until the agave and balsamic vinegar is combined with the rest of the mixture and finish with ice cubes and a garnish of mint leaves.
Spiked Peach Balsamic Lemonade
- 1 cup of your favorite lemonade (homemade if you are extra fancy!)
- 1 – 2 teaspoons Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Peach White Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 – 1.5 oz of vodka
In your favorite tall cocktail glass, add the lemonade. Then add 1 teaspoon of our Peach White Balsamic Vinegar and stir vigorously to combine. Taste and add more balsamic if desired, and don’t worry, you can add more than 2 teaspoons of the Peach White Balsamic if you’d like, it’s good stuff! Stir vodka into your mixture and enjoy.
Black Mission Fig Old Fashioned
- 1/2 ounce of Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Black Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar
- 2-3 dashes of Bitters
- 1/2 ounce Maple Syrup
- 2-3 ice cubes, or 1 big one
- 2 ounces Rye or Bourbon
In a short cocktail glass (i.e. a classic old fashioned glass), pour the Black Mission Fig Balsamic, maple syrup, and bitters and stir well to combine. Add in ice cubes. Then fill the glass with your favorite Rye or Bourbon and indulge.
Sweet Spiked Strawberry Refresher
- 2 - 3 Strawberries
- 1/2 ounce Agave
- 1/2 ounce Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 1/2 ounces Gin
- Club Soda
In the bottom of a tall glass, muddle the strawberries. Add in the gin, Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar, and agave and stir well to combine. Top mixture with club soda, stir and then enjoy this refreshing, vibrant cocktail!