Balsamic vinegar

Aceto balsamico

On its face, balsamic vinegar seems like an odd ingredient to include in a cocktail app. But it makes a lot of sense, because balsamic vinegar is made with ingredients and processes similar to wines and vermouths, and it brings a beautifully complex, intense flavor to drinks.

Balsamic vinegar starts as grape must (freshly crushed grapes with the skins, stems, and seeds), and is then reduced into a thick syrup called mosto cotto. This syrup is aged in wood barrels, often for over a decade.

Like many other grape products, balsamic vinegar has a Designation of Origin. The real stuff comes only from Modena or Reggio Emilia, and is aged for at least 12 years and as long as 25 years – or more!

Agave nectar
Aged cachaça
Aged gin
Aged rhum agricole
Aged rum
Aged tequila
Allspice dram
Almond extract

Cocktails that use Balsamic vinegar

Genever, Cherry brandy, Sweet orange apéritif...
Corzo Holly
Strawberry, Basil, Balsamic vinegar...
Heart-Shaped Box
Strawberry, Cognac, Elderflower liqueur...