Vinegar Cocktails: A New Way To Get Pickled

on 27/01/14 at 1:51 pm

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indexThe New York trend for drinks with a sharp edge arrives in London.

A Chelsea bar has become the first in London to offer drinkers a menu of vinegar-based cocktails.

Ingredients include balsamic vinegar, home-made balsamic jam and a cherry-infused apple vinegar to give the drinks an unusual kick.

The trend has spread from New York, where cocktail bars have started using vinegars as a replacement for acidic ingredients such as lemon or lime juice. The menu at speakeasy-style bar Barts has been created by manager and cocktail expert Vincenzo Sibilia, 24.

“We started seeing this trend in America and thought it fitted in perfectly with our speakeasy feel,” he said. “It’s a fantastic concept and the flavours work really well — they are a lot sweeter than you would expect.

“Just like the bootleggers would have brewed their own booze during Prohibition era, we are brewing our own vinegars and jams to make the cocktails. Londoners are adventurous and are always looking for a new twist with their drinks. Why order a mojito when you’ve had a hundred before?”

Mixing vinegar with alcohol has been practised for hundreds of years, and was popular in America before falling out of fashion in the 1800s. It has begun reappearing on US cocktail menus over the past few years.

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