Our Welsh Cask Vinegar featured recently on The Hairy Bikers Go Local - you can watch the episode here! The Bikers created some delicious Welsh canapes with our vinegar - but we use it in cocktails using the gin and the rum that we create at the distillery!
In celebration, we thought that we'd show you how our cask-matured vinegar, which began as a mission to save 3,500 litres of Welsh beer from going to waste at the start of the pandemic, has been designed for cocktail as well as culinary use, along with Black Batch Rum from our Eccentric Spirits range of Welsh spirits!
Our Welsh Cask Vinegar works great in cocktails as its flavours of citrus peel, oatcakes and moreish acidity add a rich depth to popular serves; today's cocktail - Cask Pineapple Shrub - is a great example of this!
In this Cask Pineapple Shrub, our Welsh Cask Vinegar is used to create the Spiced Pineapple Shrub ingredient, which alongside our lightly spiced Black Batch Rum, the New England IPA and the pineapple juice results in a deliciously balanced tropical cocktail!
The cocktail recipe below serves 1, but can be easily doubled!
Cask Pineapple Shrub
Black Batch Rum - 50ml
Pineapple Juice - 25ml
*Spiced Pineapple Shrub - 20ml
Angostura Bitters - 2 dashes
Topped with New England IPA - 20ml
Add ice to a glass and pour in the rum, pineapple juice, shrub and top with the IPA.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge and frond.
*Spiced Pineapple Shrub
1/2 a pineapple, cubed
0.5 cup soft brown sugar
0.5 cup white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1cm piece ginger root
1 cup water
1 cup Welsh Cask Vinegar
Add the pineapple, sugars, cinnamon and ginger into a medium saucepan and cool over a medium until the pineapple is caramelised.
Add the water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add the vinegar, then cool and refrigerate overnight.
Strain the mixture and you are left with a beautiful spiced pineapple shrub.
We have now sold out of the first batch of Welsh Cask Vinegar. The second batch will be available online shortly!