Here is a guide to using various balsamics and alcohols that could help you put together your next cocktail or mocktail.
Balsamic vinegar adds a fresh flavour and balances the sweetness of your cocktails. For example, if you add a little balsamic vinegar coconut or from mango at your next Piña colada the beverage becomes refreshing and balanced instead of super sweet. The aroma of balsamic vinegar will create anticipation before you even taste it!
The balsamics mingle more with the citrus fruits. Citrus acidity is detected at the tip of the tongue while that of vinegar is detected further back. It is therefore the citrus that we taste first, then the balsamic. Not to mention that the alcohol taste will be accentuated with a balsamic vinegar which complements it well.
When making your concoctions, think of balsamic as a spice. Try them on their own or in a variety of combinations. Use a recipe as a base and have fun experimenting with different mixes.
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Here are some examples of possible combinations
Bourbon – Apricot, Cinnamon & Pear, Mango, or others dark balsamic Fruit
Gin – Cranberry & Pear, Black cherry, Sicilian lemon, Lime & Jalapeño, Honey & Ginger, Oregano, Grapefruit
Rum – Apricot, Mango, Coconut, Peach, or others white balsamic Fruit
Tequilla – Cranberry & Pear, Coconut, Oregano, Grapefruit
Vodka – Cranberry & Pear, Honey & Ginger, Peach, Vanilla, or others white balsamic