Welcome to August's BrightRx: Cocktail Edition. Vinegar is widely known as an indispensable tool in the kitchen. It brightens salad dressings and restores balance in dishes. However, vinegar also makes a refreshing, delicious addition to cocktails. Its acidity packs a punch in drinks, and it is a fun and delicious way to transform your cocktails. Shrubs, or drinking vinegars, have been a significant element in drinks for years, dating back to Ancient Rome. The YOLA Mezcal team has shared a Bramble recipe with us using RAPTURE. The Bramble is a classic blackberry-based cocktail, which originated in London and is perfect for a summer drink.
YOLA Mezcal was founded by Yola Jimenez, Lykke Li, and Gina Correll Aglietti on the principles of respecting traditional mezcal production, while cultivating modernized economic and social autonomy for Oaxacan women. In 2014, they set out to share Yola's grandfather's recipe, unchanged since 1971, with a mission to provide economic independence for women across borders.
Photos by Yola Jimenez
By Team YOLA Mezcal
- 1.5 oz YOLA Mezcal
- .75 oz Cocchi Americano
- .25 oz sage simple syrup
- .5 oz fresh lime
- 1-2 barspoons (to taste) Brightland RAPTURE balsamic reduction
- 3-4 fresh blackberries, muddled
Heat 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water until dissolved. Turn off heat, add 6-8 large (fresh) sage leaves and let sit until cool.
Brightland RAPTURE balsamic reduction:
Bring 1 cup of Brightland RAPTURE to a boil, then simmer until it reduces by half.
Shake ingredients. Strain over 1 inch cubes and garnish with fresh sage.