Vinegar Spritzers

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

Ice cubes

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.


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6 Responses to “Vinegar Spritzers”
  1. albert says:

    you’re almost drinking shrub!

  2. Anna says:

    Really good balsamic over cracked ice, one of my favorite things!

  3. Jenny says:

    I can see what you mean by ‘zany grannies’. That’s hilarious!

  4. Robin Barnes says:

    Read this post a mere day after receiving a Soda Stream to trial.
    Your recipe has changed my world. Crazy though this concoction sounds, it’s sensational! A new addiction has been born. I’m drinking several a day and thinking about them while at work…

  5. Beatrice Santorini says:

    yes! i just mixed myself some balsamic vinegar over sparkling water and added a dash of trader joe’s pumpkin pie spice. the idea was to make a kombucha substitute. as i was sipping this concoction, i decided to see what the web had to say, and i see you’ve beat me to the kombucha connection 🙂

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