In this supertangy mocktail, John deBary combines two new additions to the mocktail arsenal: verjus (unripe grape juice) and DIY vinegar. The pineapple vinegar is from Ryan Casey, whose Charleston Sour inspired this recipe.
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Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
1 1/2 ounces Pineapple Vinegar (See Note)
1 ounce chilled verjus (see Note)
3/4 ounce Honey Syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 ounces chilled club soda
How to Make It
In a cocktail shaker, combine the Pineapple Vinegar, verjus, Honey Syrup and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled, ice-filled highball glass and stir in the club soda.
Verjus, the tart juice pressed from unripe grapes, is available at specialty food stores.
Pineapple Vinegar: In a medium saucepan, simmer 4 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice over high heat until reduced by half, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 6 ounce white vinegar and 1/4 cup sugar. Let stand until the sugar completely dissolves, about 10 minutes. Pour the infused vinegar into a jar and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Makes about 9 ounces.
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