When I dreamed up this Raspberry Balsamic Refresher, I wanted to make a super sophisticated mocktail; something both beautiful and resembling the flavors of a cocktail. Inspired by the method of making shrubs (no, not the plant) I added vinegar to the recipe! The word “shrub” is derived from the Arabic word sharbah, which simply means “a drink.” The most surprising thing about a shrub is that it’s basically a drinking vinegar – that’s right, a glass full of vinegar that’s somehow palatable!
I love using vinegar in mocktails because it mimics the acidic and tannic qualities of alcohol accurately, and also does a great job of balancing the flavors of sweet, ripe raspberries and fresh mint. I chose white balsamic vinegar in this recipe because the flavor is less assertive than regular, and it doesn’t affect the beautiful ruby raspberry color. This mocktail is perfect for these hot, I’m-sick-of-summer days, and I promise you it tastes as great as it looks!