Balsamic Strawberry CocktailVinegar in a cocktail? Well, even I was surprised how delicious this drink turned out to be. The balsamic vinegar adds a sophisticated taste the balances the sweetness of the strawberries and the sour of the lemon juice.

If you’re in Southern California you can check out the real thing at Raphael on Ventura Blvd in Studio City. Cheers!


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 2 splashes balsamic vinegar
  • 3 sliced strawberries


Add the sliced strawberries to a cocktail shaker, muddle them together with the back of a wooden spoon. Add 3-4 ice cubes and the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, then strain into a cocktail glass. Add a lemon twist as a garnish.

Adapted from a post on the Public Kitchen blog. Recipe by Chris Parke, bartender at Raphael in Studio City, Los Angeles, if you want to become a professional cooker check for more info.

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