When you enter a store that is as wonderful as the Kingston Olive Oil Company, your mind can explode with all the possibilities. At least mine does. To harness this inspiration, my small kitchen space, and my bank account, I limit myself to one bottle of either olive oil or balsamic vinegar at a time. Last year, my balsamic vinegar choice was Blackberry Ginger balsamic vinegar. I couldn’t wait to figure out what to do with it. But then months and months had passed and I experimented in a number of ways.
While this particular balsamic vinegar was delightful in everything I tried out, there was nothing worth writing home about. Or in this case, writing on the blog about. Then these humid days came and I had to figure out how to get my caffeine fix and stay cool. I’m a personal fan of hot Earl Grey tea with milk and I didn’t find cold Earl Grey to be as enjoyable. I also have this thing for blackcurrant cassis tea. Blackberries and blackcurrants are different fruits of course but they taste pretty similar in my opinion. So what better way to combine the best of both worlds in a cool and refreshing caffeinated beverage?
Since I heard that balsamic vinegar has become popular in drinks, iced tea seemed to be the way to go. Now, I know that some may think that adding balsamic vinegar is strange, but it’s not. This preconceived notion could be in your expectation that the balsamic vinegar will add an unpleasant and overpowering acidic taste. But in my experience with this drink, the right amount rounds out the flavour of earl grey and blackberry ginger very well. It’s a lovely marriage in which I foresee a fantastic future together. As an added tidbit of information, Jillian Michaels vouches for the health benefits of drinking balsamic vinegar. Thus, you’re taking care of your health in a happy way!
After the first few times of making this drink, I’ve nailed it down to the iced tea. The key to using balsamic vinegar in any form is that a little bit can go a long way. Great news for you if you want to continue making this drink again and again! So without further ado, here is my recipe for you. ( I didn’t mean to rhyme. I promise)
Blackberry Ginger Earl Grey Iced Tea
Makes 3 servings
3 cups of boiled water
3 teaspoons of loose leaf Earl Grey tea
2 small slices of ginger
1/2 tablespoon of blackberry balsamic vinegar
- In a glass teapot with a tea steeper,* place the loose leaf tea and ginger in the steeper attachment.
- Pour the boiled water into a teapot. Let the water steep with the remaining ingredients for 10 minutes
- Remove the tea steeper from the teeapot and transfer the hot tea into a pitcher.
- Add the balsamic vinegar and stir to combine.
- Chill the beverage for at least 6 hours
*I like to use a glass teapot that I purchased from Teavana. I happened to get it at the right time when they had a sale for 40% off any regular item. It’s worth keeping a lookout for those sales. Of course any vessel will do as long as you use a tea steeper to contain the loose leaf tea.
**The flavour of ginger is not very noticeable in the balsamic vinegar. If you’d like to add that extra kick, then a few pieces of ginger will do just the trick. (Again, that rhyme was not intended.)
If you don’t live in the Kingston area, fear not! You can purchase this wonderful product and many more in Kingston Olive Oil Company’s online shop. However, I also highly recommend coming to the store yourself in Kingston’s downtown area. The store is stunning and you have the chance to sample a wide array of products. It’s an experience you won’t want to forget!
Try this recipe for yourself. If you love this beverage then feel free to share the love in the comments below or by sharing this article on social media!