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New Year’s Gold Cocktail Recipe with Balsamic Vinegar!

New Year's Eve Cocktail

Here’s the recipe for a creative New Year’s cocktail that uses the warm flavor of balsamic vinegar.

San Francisco bartender Carlo Splendorini uses this secret ingredient from Italy to bring depth to his New Year’s Gold Cocktail.

Carlo helped establish Michelin-starred MICHAEL MINA San Francisco as a front-runner in San Francisco’s cocktail scene. He uses a few drops of balsamic vinegar of Modena blend to make this interesting toast. (

Recipes courtesy Carlo Splendorini

per cocktail:

1 sugar cube soaked in good quality balsamic vinegar, such as Acetum Santorini Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

1/2 oz. rum


orange peel (garnish)

Soak the sugar cube in the vinegar and place at the bottom of a champagne flute.  Add the rum and slowly top with Champagne. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.


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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.