Drink Recipes Description

It may sound strange to put balsamic vinegar in a cocktail, but we urge you to give it a try. Here, balsamic adds a tangy caramel depth to the layered acidity of sweet-tart strawberries and lime. Tequila takes the edge off of those sour notes, but leaves that vibrant hue intact. With some muddled mint added to the mix, it makes for a delightfully summery, colorful refreshment.

Ingredients

  • For the Cocktail:
  • 2 1/2 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced (about 7-8 medium berries)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note above)
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon homemade or store-bought balsamic syrup or glaze (see note above)
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces silver tequila (100% agave)
  • Garnish: Additional sprigs of mint and/or whole strawberry

Procedures

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries, simple syrup, lime juice, and balsamic syrup until strawberries are completely dissolved. Add mint leaves and gently tap 5 times with muddler. (Do not over-muddle mint or it will taste bitter and muddy.) Add tequila to shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice.

  2. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Using a strainer, pour into a serving glass filled with ice. Garnish with additional mint or strawberry if desired.