Black & Gold

A dessert of strawberry sorbet with balsamic vinegar gave Joel Teitelbaum the idea for this fruity cocktail with a slight black-pepper kick. Be sure to use a good-quality aged balsamic, which will add a mildly woody flavor because of time spent in the barrel. Slideshows:  Summer Fruit Cocktail Recipes 

Black & Gold
Photo: © Lucas Allen


  • 2 ounces vodka, preferably potato, such as Karlsson's Gold

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1 ounce Black Pepper Syrup

  • 3 strawberries, quartered

  • 3/4 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar

  • Ice

  • 1 lemon wheel, for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, lemon juice, Black Pepper Syrup, strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Fine strain into a chilled ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with the lemon wheel.

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