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Balsamic Strawberry Smash

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Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Leah Hall

An interesting mix of strawberries and balsamic vinegar!


One of the best things about spring is the first crop of strawberries that hits the stores, when the berries are plump and juicy and super sweet. One of our favorite combinations is combining balsamic vinegar with strawberries into a sweet and sour syrup that can be used on ice cream, shortcake or on waffles.


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We recently made a batch to go on a bunch of waffles we made for dinner (because sometimes you just want brinner!) and we had a bunch of the strawberries and balsamic syrup left over.

We were looking for a night cap, so we decided to experiment with the extra syrup and came up with this cocktail.  Strawberries and bourbon typically pair well, but we wanted something with a bit more bite so we used Bulleit Rye as our base spirit which ended up being really nice in this easy whiskey drink. We hope you try out this interesting mix of rye, strawberries and balsamic.



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Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar Syrup

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

A tart and sweet mixture in this syrup, for the Strawberry Balsamic Smash cocktail.


For the Cocktail

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce Strawberry Balsamic Syrup

Strawberry Balsamic Syrup

  • dash of lemon juice
  • 6 ounces balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 strawberries, hulled and cut into chunks


For the Syrup

Place strawberries into a small sauce pan with brown sugar and vinegar.

Heat over medium high heat, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved. Once the liquid begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cook until syrupy.

The strawberries should be soft and easy to mush.

Allow the mixture to cool if used in drinks. If using for pancakes or waffles, serve warm. Store in a mason jar or airtight container.

For the Cocktail

Muddle strawberries, lemon juice and strawberry balsamic syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until the fruit is fully broken up.

Add ice and bourbon and shake well until fully chilled.

Double strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 15.7gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 14.9gProtein: 0.1g

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Robin @ The Golden Rule Kids

Thursday 16th of April 2015

Sounds amazing and looks really yummy!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 16th of April 2015

Thanks much!


Thursday 16th of April 2015

That looks fantastic! I bet it is wonderful on waffles and pancakes. I can't wait to try it!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 16th of April 2015

Thanks! It is pretty tasty!

Mary La Fornara (@itsaboutpretty)

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

This looks amazing! Great photography!

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

Thanks! We hope you will give it a try and enjoy it!


Wednesday 15th of April 2015

What an interesting combination! Your pictures make everything look delicious.

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

Thanks so much!

Yanique Chambers

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

Wow! 1. I wish my pictures were as nice as yours and 2. This looks delicious. I love strawberries and will try just about anything that has strawberries as an ingredient :-)

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

Wow! Thanks so much! Agreed on the strawberries, hope you can try this!

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