Balsamic vinegar and Grand Marnier add layers of flavor to of all things this strawberry sangria adapted from bar chef Albert Trummer at Fraîche, in Los Angeles. Ege'sze'ge're!! Servings: 4 Ingredients: Juice of 2 limes 2 teaspoons sugar 16 ripe strawberries, cut in half 1/2 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar 4 ounces Grand Marnier 4 ounces premium vodka 8 ounces California Pinot Noir 1. Combine the lime juice and sugar in a small heavy-bottom saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then immediately reduce the heat to very low and simmer about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside. 2. Divide the strawberries among 4 old-fashioned glasses. Sprinkle equal amounts of balsamic vinegar over them (it'll be just a few drops in each, about one-eighth teaspoon). Divide the Grand Marnier among them, and muddle the ingredients in each glass. 3. Fill each glass about two-thirds full with ice, then pour equal amounts vodka over the ice in each. Add one-half ounce of the simmered lime juice to each glass. Pour equal amounts of the wine into each glass, then stir gently and serve.
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