Intentionally mixing a nice sweet vinegar into some seltzer with a dash or two of bitters seems to elevate me from the pickle crack house to the vinegar garden party. Luckily, the fruit shrub is perfect for my late summer brine fix.
A combination of fruit juice, sugar and vinegar, Blood Orange Shrub goes well in cocktails, vinaigrettes or just stirred into sparkling water. You may also know this sort of thing as a drinking vinegar.
This infusion of strawberries, vinegars and sugar is a great way to preserve the (very last) strawberries of the season, and is one of the most surprisingly delicious recipes I've stumbled on in a long time.