Yesterday I was flipping through Eat Good Food, a book put out by Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco, and I came across a recipe for vinegar spritzers. I couldn’t believe it. Since February, I’ve been drinking sparkling water laced with apple cider vinegar as a preventative for sinus infections. It didn’t occur to me that I was drinking a spritzer! In fact, I drink this little potion in secret — not even my beau knows — because drinking it makes me feel like a zany granny.
Recently, I discovered that a drizzle of maple syrup improves matters. In fact, the combination of vinegar and maple syrup in sparkling water tastes really good, a bit like kombucha. If Sam Mogannam from Bi-Rite is out about sipping vinegar spritzers, I figured I’d come clean, too. His recipe includes honey (or simple syrup) and a citrus twist. Lovely additions.
Try drinking one of these after your next cheese binge. It’s my morning-after beverage and my evening-of-solace cocktail when I need a respite from too many heavy bites. A woman I met years ago at a cheese tasting also told me she drank apple cider vinegar to ween herself off coffee (it’s supposed to give you energy). I usually drink Bragg’s. If you visit the Bragg’s website, you’ll see what I mean about zany grannies.
Madame Fromage’s Post-Cheese-Party Aperitif
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
12 ounces sparkling water
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Fresh mint, for garnish
Combine everything in a tall glass, and give it a quick stir. Taste it to see if you need to add more sweetness. You can use honey in place of the maple syrup, but if the water is cold, it’s difficult to make the honey dissolve. To remedy this: start with a little warm water and dissolve the honey in it first. It’s also nice to muddle the mint.