Courtesy Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Brooklyn, NY
If you’ve ever enjoyed strawberries and balsamic vinegar in a salad or dessert, you already know how the vinegar’s acidity can really make the sweetness of ripe strawberries sing. The classic combination plays well in a cocktail format, too.
About the Vodka
New Amsterdam Vodka is made by California’s E. & J. Gallo, but the brand is a nod to the old name for New York, complete with an architectural-shaped, Empire State Building-adorned bottle. Relatively robust, it stands up well to bold flavors, like the strawberry, maple and balsamic vinegar in this drink.
- 2 strawberries, halved
- ¹/₃ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1½ ounces New Amsterdam Vodka
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce maple syrup
In cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries in balsamic vinegar. Add remaining ingredients with ice. Shake well. Pour, unstrained, into rocks glass.