Ok, you’re just going to have to trust me on this one. I was a bit hesitant to give this one a try because the thought of using balsamic vinegar in a cocktail sounded a bit weird to me and I like weird cocktails. But then I remembered just how much I love those Olive Oil Muffins I make and they have balsamic in them so I figured I should give it a try. And boy am I glad I did – I absolutely love this drink! It is refreshing but deep in flavor and not overly sweet. I used a very spicy ginger ale so that probably helped cut the sweetness a bit.
Bufala Negra (from Food & Wine)
4 basil leaves
1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 1/2 ounces ginger ale (I like Q Drinks the best and I find it at Whole Foods)
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 of the basil leaves with the vinegar and Simple Syrup. Add ice and the bourbon and shake well. Strain the drink into an ice-filled rocks glass, stir in the ginger ale and garnish with the remaining basil leaf.