Cocktails with a Fruity Twist

Thanks to master mixologist Eland Bronstein for these great, vinegar-centric cocktails!!

Mint Vinegar Mojito

  • 2/3 oz mint vinegar 
  • 2/3 oz simple syrup
  • 1-2 oz rum 
  • 10 mint leaves 
  • 2 lime slices 
  • Ice
  • Soda (2-4 oz) 

Mix rum and syrup in shaker. Top with ice, add mint leaves and lime wedges. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour contents into collins glass and add soda. Top with mint vinegar and stir in gently (add extra to taste).  Garnish with mint leaf and lime wedge. 

Blackberry Balsamic Bourbon with Ginger

  • 1/2 oz blackberry balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 slice lime
  • 1 oz bourbon 
  • 2 oz ginger beer 
  • 2 oz soda 

Combine blackberry balsamic, bourbon, lime and ice in shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain contents over 2 ice-cubes into short cocktail glass. Add soda and ginger beer. Stir lightly. Garnish with lime wedge and floating blackberry. 

Sweet Strawberry Martini 

  • 1/2 oz strawberry fig balsamic 
  • 3 oz pear juice
  • 1 oz vodka
  • Squeeze of lime 

Combine strawberry fig balsamic, vodka, pear juice and lime juice in shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Stain contents into martini glass. Garnish with thin strawberry slice. 

Plum Chili Gin Sing! 

  • 2/3 oz plum chili vinegar
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup 
  • 1 oz gin 
  • 1.5 oz ginger beer 
  • 1 oz soda
  • Squeeze of lime 

Combine plum chili vinegar, simple syrup and gin in shaker. Top with ice an shake vigorously or 10 seconds. Strain contents over ice into cocktail glass. Add soda, ginger beer and squeeze of lime (add extra plum chili vinegar for more spice). Stir gently and serve. 

Orange Razz 

  • 1/2 oz raspberry vinegar 
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup 
  • 1 slice orange 
  • 10 mint leaves 
  • 1.5 oz pear juice 
  • 1 oz soda 

Combine raspberry vinegar, simple syrup, orange slice, mint leaves, pear juice and ice in shaker.  Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.  Strain contents into martini glass.  Top with soda.  Garnish with orange round on rim of glass and a floating raspberry. 

Strawberry Basil Martini

  • 1/3 oz simple syrup 
  • 1/2 strawberry fig balsamic 
  • 1 oz vodka 
  • 1.5 oz pear juice 
  • 8 basil leaves 

Combine all ingredients in shaker.  Top with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into martini glass.  Garnish with basil leaf and serve. 

 Spicy Basil Cranberry

  • 1/2 oz plum chili vinegar 
  • 8 basil leaves 
  • 1 oz vodka 
  • 1 oz cranberry juice 
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup 

Combine all ingredients in shaker.  Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into martini glass.  Add more plum chili vinegar to taste. 

Basil Blackberry Bliss

  • 1/2 oz blackberry balsamic 
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup 
  • 1 oz vodka 
  • 6-8 basil leaves 
  • 1 Slice squeezed lime 
  • 1 oz cranberry juice 
  • 1 oz soda 

Combine blackberry balsamic, simple syrup, vodka, basil leaves, lime and cranberry juice in shaker.  Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.  Strain over ice into cocktail glass.  Add soda an stir in gently.  Garnish with basil leaf and serve. 

Mint Cucumber Fizz 

  • 4 slices of cucumber 
  • 6-8 mint leaves 
  • 1/2 oz mint vinegar 
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup 
  • 2 oz soda 
  • 1 oz gin

Combine cucumber, mint, simple syrup, gin and mint vinegar in shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.  Pour all contents into cocktail glass.  Add soda and stir in gently.  Garnish with lime wedge and serve. 

Spicy Cucumber Fizz 

  • 4 slices of cucumber 
  • 6-8 mint leaves 
  • 1/2 oz chili plum vinegar 
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup 
  • 2 oz soda 
  • 1 oz gin 

Combine cucumber, mint, simple syrup, gin and mint vinegar in shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.  Pour all contents into cocktail glass.  Add soda and stir in gently.  Garnish with lime wedge and serve. 

Apple Magic

  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz apple vinegar 
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1-2 squeeze of lime 
  • 2 oz soda 

Combine bourbon, apple vinegar, simple syrup and fresh lime in shaker.  Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.  Strain into short cocktail glass over ice.  Add soda and stir in gently.  Garnish with lime wedge and serve. 

 Cheers!