Thai Drinking Vinegars are a mix of cane vinegar and cane syrup, steeped with a natural fresh fruit, vegetable, or spice. Popularized by the Portland restaurant Pok Pok, a mix of one part syrup with four parts sparkling water makes for a very delicious, tangy soda. They have also become very popular with mixologists as a ‘shrub,’ being part of truly inspired craft cocktails. If shaking cocktails, we suggest the classic Boston Cocktail Shaker designed by Alessi.
From the Producer:
Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegars are a refreshingly sweet and tart, fruit and vinegar-based beverage handcrafted in Portland, Oregon using quality organic cane vinegar and fresh whole ingredients.
Chef Andy Ricker has been serving Drinking Vinegars in his world-renowned Pok Pok restaurants since 2006, after coming across the beverage in an Asian market and realizing the sweet, sour, tart beverage perfectly complimented his complex Thai flavors. Soon, the market’s supply could not keep up with the demand of Pok Pok customers, who loved the drinking vinegar accompanying their meals and mixed in their cocktails.
Ricker introduced his own line, Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar (“naam som” means “sour water” or vinegar in Thai), in 2010, creating unique Thai-inspired flavors as distinct and delicious as the food on his menus. Som stands out from its competitors by using fresh whole fruits, herbs, and spices – no artificial flavoring – and US-made organic sugarcane vinegar, which doesn’t overpower the intended flavor. Pok Pok Som concentrate is most commonly served with four-parts soda water as a soft drink, at full strength as a mixer in cocktails, or incorporated into dressings and marinades. It is available in nine signature flavors – Thai Basil, Apple, Honey, Pomegranate, Tamarind, Ginger, Tumeric, Pineapple, and Chinese Celery, as well as a rotating selection of seasonal flavors like Cardomom Tangerine, Strawberry Thai Basil, Black Pepper, Blood Orange, and more.