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Sweet, Sour Vinegar Cocktails Invade Bars


From Pok Pok to your local bar, these new drinks are popping up everywhere

Vinegar cocktails are becoming the cool new thing thanks to help from restauranteurs such as Andy Ricker of Pok Pok Ny.

Health fiends know that you can make a mean detox-tonic with apple cider vinegar, but vinegar is no longer just for wellness mavens. Vinegar is popping up in cocktails everywhere these days, promising a new flavor experience in your remixed drink. The vinegar in these cocktails is mixed with fresh fruit and sugar to mitigate the sourness while keeping the pleasantly bracing tang.

Vinegar cocktails aren’t made using the malt vinegar you might shake on your fries or the cheap balsamic you might purchase from the supermarket. These vinegars, called “shrub vinegars,” differ from the store bought kind as they are made from palm or cane vinegar to give them a fruity taste. The vinegar in these cocktails is mixed with fresh fruit and sugar to mitigate the sourness while keeping the pleasantly bracing tang.

Andy Ricker, owner of popular restaurant Pok Pok Ny among others, has long been enamored with drinking vinegars, producing his own and selling them under the name Som. The vinegar in these cocktails (which can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic) is mixed with fresh fruit and sugar to mitigate the sourness while keeping the pleasantly bracing tang. Ricker’s original vinegar cocktail, called the Apple Gin Rickey, is made with apple vinegar, gin and soda. Others include the Lord Bergamot, made from honey Som, tea-infused vodka, orange liqueur, and soda; or the Heat Ray, made with celery-flavored vinegar, gin, chiles, and lime juice. The first two are available in his New York restaurants and the latter in Portland, Ore.

Ricker was inspired to use vinegar as a cocktail mixer while perusing Asian supermarkets, where the drinks are touted as weight-loss cocktails (despite high sugar levels). Weight-loss agent, health tonic or tasty cocktail, vinegar will add a punch to whatever you choose to drink.

(Photo Bragg Vinegar Modified: Flickr/Mike Mozart/CC 4.0)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)


Sweet & Sour Chicken

We made it to Friday! Finally. I swear this week couldn&rsquot have been any longer. I know Easter is coming up this Sunday and I have not done one dish for Easter weekend. And the dish I have here today is the polar opposite of what you&rsquod eat on Easter, but, I mean, you have tonight and Saturday, right? Low-key Saturday night in before Easter festivities: takeout & DVR.

So lately, I&rsquove been really lazy about cooking. I think I&rsquom burned out (gasp). I think we all get that way every now and then. I need a vaca. Anyone with me? I&rsquom heading down to Miami in 2 weeks and seriously, that cannot come fast enough. I&rsquom excited to not have to cook for a week &mdash I know, it sounds really bad, but everyone needs a vacation away from their kitchen so you can appreciate it so much more when you get back! Haha

On a completely random note that has nothing to do with takeout or vacation: have you heard of country hottie, Jake Owen? Oh my gosh, he is one fine piece of&hellipyou know what. I heard his song &ldquoAlone with You&rdquo on the radio this morning on the way into work and that has resulted in my YouTubing all his videos. I came across Barefoot Blue Jean Night and man, I miss my college days when summers would be 3 months long and you didn&rsquot have to worry about anything. You can up and go and go to the lake with your friends and josh around. Seriously, this adult life &mdash I don&rsquot know how I feel about it!!

Now back to this dish. See? I&rsquom tying this whole entry together well because: vacation means eating out/takeout, college always resulted in takeout. Therefore, this dish is a throwback for my college days. We had this tiny Chinese takeout place down the street of my apartment and I swear, my roommates and I would get it at least twice a month. Like, get 2 entrees each and have a Chinese takeout party while gossiping and sitting in front of the TV..ignoring all those projects and homework.

Okay well, now you can make this popular takeout dish at home. It&rsquos oven-cooked and super easy. Tastes JUST like takeout. Whip up some fried rice and you&rsquove got yourself a killer meal for any night of the week :)