The secret to making any cocktail is using premium ingredients and a great cocktail’s not-so-secret ingredient? Balsamic.

By now most of us are familiar that Balsamics are not for just salad dressings. For a while now it has been revered for its culinary versatility by adding depth and flavour to everything from glazes, marinades, baked goods and - yes - drinks.

Although that might surprise most people, many bartenders know the power of balsamic when it comes to layering and adding depth to their drinks. Fruity and acidic, this cooked down grape juice aged in oak barrels adds a sharp sweetness that unsurprisingly has unlimited potential when it comes to creating and enhancing cocktails. A little goes a long way so when creating your own cocktails or mocktails exercise caution, these intense flavours pack a punch!

Featured are two recipes included in our cocktail twister pack - Midnight Fizz and the Cranberry Bomb. Cheers to your health!

• 1 oz. Blackberry Ginger Balsamic
• 1 Ѕ oz. Gin
• Sparkling Water or Soda

Pour into glass filled with ice and top up with soda or sparkling water. Stir and garnish with fresh blackberries and mint.

Cranberry Bomb

• 1 oz Dillon’s Method 95 Vodka
• 3/4 oz Cranberry Pear White Balsamic
• 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
• 2 oz Orange San Pelligrino

Pour into glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with orange slice and frozen cranberries.