The Balsamic Cocktail

In this picture, Vittorio is enjoying a cold cocktail on a hot day under vines in Vignola, Modena. Vittorio, along with his daughter Mariangela are balsamic making masters. They make beautiful Balsamic Vinegar.

Jokingly, we like to call this cocktail, “The Modena Sunset.” It is essentially a balsamic spritz. It is light and fresh. It is a perfect pre-dinner refreshment.

It contains no added sugar and can be made with or without alcohol!


1/2 part Balsamic Saba
1/2 part sparkling water
1 part white sparkling wine*
Juice of 1 lemon slice
1 lemon slice
A few mint leaves
Ice (optional, but we prefer it with)

*if you prefer, leave out the wine and do 1.5 parts sparkling water.


1. Add the Balsamic Saba, mint leaves, and lemon juice to a wine glass
2. Add ice
3. Add wine
4. Add water
5. Gently mix with a spoon and garnish with lemon slice in the glass

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