Vinegar Adds A Kick To Your Cocktail

Cocktails February 28, 2014 1 Comment.

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Most drinkers were turn their nose to the thought of vinegar in their cocktails. The acidity of vinegar is harsh to begin with never mind adding it to your libation. Little did we know, vinegar cocktails go all the way back to the 17th century and this old school mixer is making a comeback.


In the 1680s, European smugglers purposely sank bottles of booze in the ocean and used vinegar to mask the taste of spirits fouled by seawater. Shockingly enough, it became a popular trend in pubs as a mixer for rum and brandy until it fell completely off the map in the late 1800’s.  With the recent craft cocktail craze, bartenders are inspired to give vinegar another chance.


Today bartenders are featuring vinegar as an acidic alternative to lemons and limes that lose their flavor easily. Vinegar can be added straight to drinks but what’s becoming more mainstream is infusing fruit with vinegar that adds some serious flavor to cocktails. Knowing that people will hesitate if they see vinegar listed as a cocktail ingredient, bartenders typically leave it off. Though you’ll rarely see it on the menu, you’ll be able to taste it in your drinks.


The beauty of vinegar cocktails is that the flavor possibilities are endless. We’ve seen cocktails featuring peach, apple, pomegranate, strawberries, etc. Plus these unique mixers are easy to make at home so you can try them out before exploring them on a cocktail menu.


Would you drink a cocktail with vinegar? Tell us your thoughts.



One thought on “Vinegar Adds A Kick To Your Cocktail

  1. Marius

    Yes I did tried and I mixed such a cocktail while I was working in an establishment of my city. Usually the cocktail was ordered by the people that were dining in the restaurant. It wasn’t a best seller, but it was ordered form time to time and that was quite something since my whole country is like at least 5 years in the past, regarding cocktail culture.
    This drink was created by the former bar manager over there (he built it from scratch for a bouncer that was working there) and was named Dolph Lundgren

    Dolph Lundgren:
    Forest fruits 2 bar spoons (we used a mix there)
    Lemon 2 wedges
    Pomegranate syrup 15 ml
    Balsamic vinegar reduction 1 tsp
    Basil 2 leafs
    Thyme 1 branch (or twig is think is the proper word for it)
    Apple juice 150 ml
    – Rocks glass
    – Muddle forest fruits + lemon + syrup

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