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  • Adapting Balsamic Vinegars to Classic Cocktails

    December 19, 2018


    A few years ago, our friends Karl and Karin made a series of bourbon

    based cocktails using our balsamic vinegars and it got us thinking

    about the well stocked bar and ideas for entertaining.  The photo above

    was taken in their San Francisco Pied-à-terre, and we were charmed.


    The Oxford Dictionary defines cocktail as "An alcoholic drink consisting of a

    spirit or spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice or cream".

    Specifically, a cocktail may mean a beverage with at least three flavors,

    one of which is alcohol.


    Even more specifically, a cocktail must contain alcohol, a sugar, and a

    bitter or citrus component.  Mixed drinks containing only distilled spirit

    and a mixer, such as soda or fruit juice, are considered highballs,.


    Mixed drinks without alcohol that resemble cocktails are known as

    "mocktails" or "virgin cocktails". We’ve found that balsamic vinegars

    suit cocktail making well considering they are both sweet and acidic.


    Quality balsamic vinegars used in equal parts with your favorite spirit

    can yield simple and refreshing new highball cocktail combinations and

    used simply with a good club soda or mineral water produce a refreshing,

    healthy mocktail option.


    If you’ like to venture beyond highball combinations you might come up with on

    your own, we’ve found three recipes online of interest or inspiration.  A santé!


    Cocktail Recipes


    Michaela Rosenthal, Head Cook,

    Glory Foods, Inc. Walnut CA.

    Blackberry-Sage Cocktail by Michaela Rosenthal




    3 ounces blackberry juice

    1-1/2 ounces premium vanilla flavored vodka

    1 tsp. blackberry balsamic vinegar

    2 sage leaves, plus extra for garnish

    1 strip lemon peel

    2 ounces club soda

    fresh blackberries, garnish




    Place blackberry juice, vodka, vinegar, sage and lemon peel in a

    cocktail shaker filled half way with ice. Shake to mix well and

    strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda and garnish with

    fresh blackberries and sage leaves.



    Balsamic Berry Fizz by Clinton Kelly Emmy winning cohost of

    ABC’s daytime hit, The Chew.




    1 tsp balsamic vinegar

    2 blackberries, muddled (fresh or frozen)

    1.5 tsp. simple syrup

    2 ounces bourbon

    1 splash club soda




    Add balsamic vinegar and blackberries to a rocks glass then

    Muddle the fruit.Top with ice and add simple syrup and bourbon

    Stir to combine. Top with club soda and serve.



    Bufala Negra from Food & Wine




    4 basil leaves

    1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

    ½ ounce simple syrup


    1.5 ounces bourbon

    1.5 ounces chilled ginger ale




    In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 of the basil leaves with the vinegar

    and simple syrup


    Add the ice and bourbon, and shake well. Strain the drink into an ice

    filled rocks glass abd stir in the ginger ale


    Garnish with remaining basil leaf




  • Pineapple-Lime Rum Cooler

    May 11, 2017

    (makes a single serving)



    6 oz. lemonade
    2 oz. fresh lime juice
    2 tsp. Lucero Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar
    2 oz. coconut rum of your choice (Optional)
    1 cup of ice



    Blend all ingredients to desired consisitency and serve

    right away.


    Alternate Recipe

    6 oz pineapple juice

    2 oz. fresh lime juice

    2 tsp  Coconut Mango White Balsamic Vinegar

    2 oz coonut rum of your choice

    1 cup ice


    Blend all ingredients to desired consisitency and serve

    right away.


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  • Refreshing Honey & Ginger Sparkler

    April 20, 2017






    Muddle berries in your favorite drink glass.

    Add a bit of crushed  ice to your taste, the club soda and the

    Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar.


    Add the vodka and enjoy.  By the way, we use

     Q Drinks Club Soda and other cocktail mixers for our bar.

    Like Lucero, they're a small American company making

    quality handcrafted products.




    Photography by Angie Norwood Browne 

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  • Balsamic Vinegar Cocktail

    November 10, 2016


    Yields: About 3 glasses


    1 1/2  oz. rye whiskey (your choice)

    3/4     oz. fresh lime juice

    1/2     oz.syrup (Ingredients for syrup listed below)

    1        c.water

    1        c. sugar

    1/2     c.  Lucero Red Balsamic Vinegar




    1-  Create the syrup in a small saucepan. Combine water and

    sugar and stir over medium heat, until the sugar is dissolved.

    Let cool to room temperature.


    2-  Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium

    heat, stir and let cool to  room temperature.


    Make the Cocktail


    3-  Combine Whiskey, lime juice, syrup and 1 tsp of Balsamic

    Vinegar into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until



    4-  Strain cocktail into a glass and enjoy!



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    Recipe inspired by Serious Eats






  • Raspberry Punch

    August 15, 2016



    24 ounces of ginger ale
    12 ounces of lemon-lime seltzer
    ½  cup Lucero Raspberry Red Balsamic Vinegar

    1 cup lime juice 




    Pour together ginger ale, lemon-lime seltzer, lime juice and the

    Raspberry Red Balsamic Vinegar into a large pitcher. Stir and

    place in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours. Pour over ice

    and serve with mint leaves, blueberries, sliced peaches or

    nectarines . Try a garnish with rosemary and raspberries!


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  • Independence Day Mocktails

    July 1, 2016



    Berry Burst of July Ingredients


    In a large beaker or glass add ½ cup of lemonade

    ¼ cup of raspberry-blackberry sparkling water

    1 tsp. Lucero Strawberry Red Balsamic Vinegar

    or Lucero Raspberry Red Balsamic

    garnish with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries

    *Pairs nicely with vodka.


    Citrus Mango Vida

    Here's something wonderful to do with lemonade.

    Combine the following ingredients in a large glass:

    ¾ cup pineapple mango sparkling water

    ¼ cup lemonade

    2 t. Lucero Satsuma Mandarin Balsamic

    or Lucero Cocnut Mango White Balsamic Vinegar

    Garnish with kiwi and strawberry slices

    *Pairs nicely with Tequila


    Ginger Lime Cooler

    Combine the following in a large glass:

    ½ cup of lemonade

    ½ cup of key lime sparkling water

    2 tsp Lucero Honey & Ginger White Balsamic Vinegar

    Finish with lime and lemon wedges

    *pairs nicely with rum


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  • Tequila Balsamic Vinegar Martini

    June 19, 2016

    Mexican martini



    Yields: 1 Cocktail

    1/2 oz simple syrup

    3/4 oz lime juice (freshly squeezed, from 1 lime)

    1/4 tsp Lucero Pineapple White  or

    Lucero Rosato Balsamic

    2 ozs silver tequila

    1 sprig mint


    Reduction-Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water

    with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat,

    stirring  constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using.

    Simple syrup  will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator

    for up to 5 days.


    To make balsamic syrup, combine 2/3 cup of  your favorite

    Lucero White Balsamic to 2 Tbsp. sugar and bring to a gentle

    simmer , stirring occasionally, until reduced by 1/3. Allow  to cool

    before using. Balsamic syrup can be kept in a sealed  container 

    in the refrigerator indefinitely.


    Assemble your cocktail


    1-  Combine simple syrup, lime juice, and balsamic syrup in a

    cocktail shaker.


    2-  Add tequila to shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice.


    3-  Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Pour into a

    serving  glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint sprig.




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  • Strawberry Balsamic Margaritas

    May 5, 2016





    2 cups frozen strawberries

    2 tbsp. Lucero Strawberry Red Balsamic Vinegar

    ¼ cup water

    4 oz. tequila

    3 oz. triple sec
    2 limes, juiced

    ice, salt, fresh strawberries



    Strawberry Syrup


    1- Combine frozen berries, Strawberry Red Balsamic Vinegar

    and water in a small pot over low/medium heat. Bring to a

    simmer and continue to cook on low for about 30 minutes

    until strawberries have broken down and mixture is thick.


    2- Remove from the stove, pour into a seal-able container or

    glass jar and  refrigerate until chilled.


    Assemble the Margaritas


    3-  Add about 1/3 cup of the strawberry syrup to a cocktail

    shaker  (you be the judge according to how sweet you like

    your margaritas).


    4-  Follow  with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice. Shake

    margaritas well then pour into two glasses, rimmed with

    salt if you like.


    Garnish cocktails with fresh strawberries and serve.


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  • Peach Balsamic Sparkler

    April 14, 2016



    8 oz. club soda

    3 Tbsps. Lucero Peach White Balsamic 

    5-8 raspberries

    crushed ice

    1 oz. vodka (optional)



    in a drinking glass, muddle the raspberries then add crushed

    ice, club soda and Balsamic Vinegar. Add vodka, stir

    and enjoy!


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  • Ginger and Spinach Green Smoothie

    January 5, 2016

    Add Olive Oil To Your Smoothies


    Add 2 Tbsp Lucero Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil for long

    term energy. Olive oil is an effective addition to help round out

    the nutrition packed inside this smoothie.


    1 cup orange juice

    1 cup plain yogurt

    1 cup frozen mango chunks

    1/3 english cucumber, cut into 1-inch chunks

    1 handful fresh baby spinach

    1 to 2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger, to taste

    ice cubes, as needed


    Get the entire beverage recipe here!

    Ginger and Spinach Green Smoothie


    Taste Notes- Ascolano is Yellow Green Label-Med

    Recipe and Photo thanks to  Lindsay Landis at

  • Lucero Balsamic Cocktails and Mocktails!

    June 19, 2015

    Lucero Balsamic Cocktails!



    1. Bianco Whiskey Soda


    1 T.Lucero Bianco White Balsamic Vinegar

    2 oz whiskey

    Fill highball glass with ice and club soda, enjoy!



    2.  Lemon Gin And Tonic


    1T.Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar

    2 ozs gin

    Fill highball glass with ice and serve.



    3.  Raspberry Rum Sparkler


    1T. Lucero Raspberry Red Balsamic Vinegar

    2ozs club soda, muckle 3 strawberries

    Shake well with ice and add to sugar rimmed glass.



    4.  Lemon Grass Lime Press


    1 Tbsp.  Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar

    2.5 ozs. lemon grass-lime vodka

    Add to tall glass fill with equal parts lemon lime soda and

    club soda.


    Make your own flavor infused vodka...


    1 750 ml bottle vodka

    2-3 stalks lemongrass

    1 organic lemon, peel only


    1-  Peel the dry outer leaves of the lemongrass stalks then chop

    off the bottom and top ends and discard them with the outer



    2-  Slice the stalks into inch long pieces and add to infusion jar.

    (If you don't need to strain it because you know you're going

    to use it quickly, you can slice each stalk in half vertically and

    insert straight into the bottle. See note above).


    3-  Using a sharp vegetable peeler, peel the skin of the lemon in

    strips, removing as little of the white pith as possible. Add the

    lemon peel to the infusion jar.


    4-  Steep infused vodka for at least 24 hours and up to two weeks

    in a cool, dark place (a closet or a liquor cabinet is perfect).

    Strain lemongrass and lemon peel by pouring mixture through

    a fine-mesh sieve and return infused vodka to the bottle.


    original recipe here:



    Mocktails! ( the virgin variety)


    5.  Peach Balsamic Sparkler


    (makes a single serving)

    8 oz. club soda 3 Tbsp. Lucero Peach Balsamic Vinegar

    couple of raspberries (frozen good for bigger batch

    fresh for small batch) , crushed Ice


    Muddle raspberries, then add club soda,

    peach balsamic vinegar, crushed ice and stir.



    6.  Strawberry-Lime Cooler


    (makes a single serving)

    6 oz. lemonade

    2 oz. fresh lime juice

    2 tsp. Lucero Strawberry Red Balsamic Vinegar

    2 oz. coconut rum of your choice

    1 cup of ice

    Blend all ingredients and serve right away.



    7. Strawberry Pomegranate Balsamic Lemonade


    (makes a single serving)

    4 oz. lemonade

    4 oz. club soda

    2 Tbsp. Lucero Pomegranate Red Balsamic

    A splash of strawberry puree

    One strawberry

    Mix together lemonade, club soda, strawberry balsamic

    and puree. Garnish with a sprig of mint and strawberry.


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  • Lucero Cosmo

    December 30, 2014




    ½ shot of Triple Sec

    1 shot of Cherry Vodka

    1 Tbsp of Lucero Cherry Balsamic Vinegar

    1 Splash of Lime Juice

    *1 Splash of Sweet & Sour





    Just pour in the order listed of the ingredients and





    Match any flavored vodka to any

    Lucero Flavored Balsamic Vinegar to create your own Cosmo.


    To make sweet and sour mix:


    Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water until sugar is completely

    dissolved. Add 1 cup fresh lime juice and 1 cup fresh lemon juice

    and refrigerate.


    This can be done over heat by bringing the sugar and water to

    a boil and simmering for about 5 minutes before adding the juices

    and allowing the mix to cool before bottling.


    Recipe by Farwood Bar & Grill



  • Peachy Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar Martini

    June 25, 2013




    1.25 oz. pineapple flavored vodka

    .5 oz. Triple Sec

    .5 oz. sweet-n-sour

    .5 oz. pineapple juice

    .5 oz. Lucero Peach White Balsamic Vinegar

    One pineapple wedge



    Prepare the Martini



    In a shaker add vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice, and

    sweet-n-sour over ice and shake well.


    Strain into a martini glass and add balsamic vinegar.


    Garnish with fresh pineapple wedge.



  • Lucero Balsamic Strawberry Holiday Milkshake

    April 30, 2013





    4 cups vanilla ice cream

    1/2 cup non-fat milk

    2 cups fresh strawberries

    4 Tbsp. Lucero Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar


    4 Tbsp. Lucero Strawberry Red Balsamic Vinegar






    1-  In a blender mix together vanilla ice cream and milk untill



    2-  Pour into two glasses. Half the strawberries and remove the



    3-  Rinse out blender and add strawberries and Lucero Lemon

    White Balsamic Vinegar untill pureed, pour on top of the ice

    cream  mixture,


    Serve in a festive glass and enjoy!




  • Apple Harvest Spirit

    September 23, 2012


    Autumn brings deep red and orange colors, cider, pies and APPLES.
    Enjoy the fall harvest  with this refreshing spirit.


    Apple Harvest Spirit



    2oz. vodka

    3oz. Lucero Winter Spice Balsamic Vinegar

    3oz. cranberry Juice

    splash of cinnamon liqueur

    slice of apple

    couple of cranberries




    1-  Add the first 3 ingredients to a shaker. Shake vigorously

    and  pour over ice. Add a splash of cinnamon Liqueur.


    2-  Garnish with an apple slice and a few cranberries.


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  • Pineapple Balsamic Punch

    September 4, 2012


    Is there a better way to end your summer, than indulging in our
    Pineapple Punch? It's a tropical vacation in a glass



    Pineapple Balsamic Punch


    1.25 oz vodka

    .25 oz coconut rum

    .50 oz Lucero Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar

    .25 oz pineapple juice

    pineapple wedge




    Add vodka, rum, pineapple BV, and orange juice to a shaker

    with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass.


    Garnish with a wedge of fresh pineapple and enjoy

    this adult punch at your next backyard get together.


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  • Lucero Strawberry Balsamic Lemonade

    August 13, 2012



    You asked for it so here's something new. Lucero's in-house original,
    Strawberry Balsamic Lemonade! It was a huge it at our last
    "Second Saturday at the Mill " event. Try it out and let us know what
    you think!





    16oz. lemonade

    6 Tbsp. Lucero Strawberry Red Balsamic Vinegar

    2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint

    splash of sparkling water

    Splash of Strawberry Puree

    top with a slice of fresh strawberry




    Mix lemonade with Lucero Strawberry Balsamic and mint.

    Add sparkling water and stir gently. Top with a little strawberry

    puree and a fresh slice of strawberry. Enjoy!


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    photo by David Hillock Photography




  • Peach BV Sparklers

    June 19, 2012



    June, being  the fresh fruit month, we've concocted a light and
    refreshing Peach Balsamic Sparkler.  There's a version for everyone
    in the family!



    Makes 1 serving: multiply ingredients to make a batch.


    Ingredients (without alcohol)


    6 oz. club soda

    3 Tbsp. Lucero Peach White Balsamic Vinegar

    couple of fresh raspberries (about 4-6 large berries)




    1. Muddle raspberries with the peach balsamic.

    2. Strain into a glass.

    3. Add ice and pour club soda over.

    4. Stir gently and enjoy!


    With Alcohol


    Add 2 shots of your favorite Vodka when muddling raspberries

    & Peach Balsamic.


    This is just one of the many ways this beverage can be enjoyed.

    Let us know if you create any other amazing sparklers or spirits

    with our balsamic vinegars.




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