Drinking Vinegars have a multitude of great uses including: turning regular boring cocktails into enhanced “craft cocktails”; adding them to sparkling water or club soda with a squeeze of lime for a refreshing “craft mocktail”, or using them for health purposes to get yourself to drink more water (required on most of the popular diets). Two of the newest drinking vinegars we’ve come up with at HeathGlen include the Grapefruit Cardamom Drinking Vinegar and the Spiced Cherry Drinking Vinegar, both of which are great for the holiday season ahead. Here are a few of our favorite drink recipes to try them out with.
DIY Drinking Vinegars
If you are interested in making your own drinking vinegars, or for more general knowledge on mixology with drinking vinegars, click here to check out a detailed “how-to” post.
Now, on with the Recipes using drinking vinegars
Recipe for Grapefruit Shrub Salty Dog
- salt for rimming the glass
- 2 oz. gin (can use vodka if preferred)
- 4 oz. grapefruit drinking vinegar
- 2-3 dashes citrus bitters
Pour coarse salt onto a small plate. Moisten the rim of your glass with a lime or grapefruit wedge. Gently dip rims into salt to coat lightly. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour gin (or vodka) over ice in each glass. Add Grapefruit Drinking Vinegar and bitters and stir.
Recipe for Grapefruit Shrub Spritzer
- 2 oz vodka (or gin)
- 4 oz Grapefruit Shrub Syrup
- Club soda or sparkling water
- grapefruit peel for garnish
- Fill a tall glass with ice and add vodka and grapefruit shrub syrup. Stir well. Top off the glass with club soda or sparkling water and a pinch of sea salt if desired. Garnish with grapefruit peel.
- For a mocktail, just forego the vodka or gin.
Recipe for Bourbon Cherry Bomb Cocktail
- 2 oz bourbon (I like rye whiskey but bourbon is great also)
- 1/2 oz. Spiced Cherry Drinking Vinegar (use 1 oz if you like sweeter drinks)
- juice from 1/2 of a lime
- 3-4 dashes cherry bitters (other bitters are fine also)
Add ice to a short glass (aka highball glass). Add bourbon or rye and the Cherry Syrup. Cut 1/2 lime into a few wedges and squeeze into the glass. Add 3-4 dashes bitters. Stir.
*** Additional Ideas for cocktails and mocktails can be found by entering the word cocktails into the search bar for this site.
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