When I did the October Unprocessed challenge last year, I flagged Eating Rules’ recipe for Maple Syrup Vinegar Soda. For some reason, I didn’t try it during the challenge, but I recently stumbled across the recipe again. I wondered what it would be like without the maple syrup.
I found a bottle of sparkling mineral water lurking in the back of my refrigerator and decided to give it a whirl.
Now I really like vinegar and all things tart. In fact, I’ve been known to drink pickle juice straight up. It must be in my genes; Mom sometimes uses pickle juice as a salad dressing and always bastes her Easter ham with it. I think she was ahead of her time given all of the trendy pickle juice recipes around these days.
So, I loved the flavors in this vinegar soda, even without the maple syrup. If it’s too tart for you, try a tiny bit of your favorite sweetener or dilute the drink with more sparkling water. You could also make the drink with just the extracts and sparkling water. Or try a fruit-flavored vinegar. Or drink another healthy alternative to soda and juice instead.
This vinegar soda would be a great drink to have in your hand when everyone around you is drinking beer. It kind of looks like beer. Cheers!
Apple Cider Vinegar Soda
A tart alternative to sweet soda
- 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 11 ounces sparkling mineral water cold
- ice cubes optional
In a 16-ounce glass, stir together vinegar, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
Add mineral water and stir. Add ice cubes, if desired, and serve.
My favorite brand of sparkling mineral water is Gerolsteiner (affliate link).