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How to Make Balsamic Syrup

Balsamic syrup tastes sweet and looks great as a garnish to drizzle on and flavor salads, appetizers and main dishes—you can even use it as a syrup for desserts! Here's a quick way to make balsamic syrup from inexpensive grocery-store balsamic vinegar.


Reduce 1 cup inexpensive balsamic vinegar to get about 1 /4 cup syrup. Start on high, but when it’s reduced by half, turn the heat to low. Now you really need to start watching—this syrup can get too thick in a hurry. When the syrup starts to thicken, test it. Remove from heat, put some in a bowl, and stir it. As it cools (1-2 mins.), it should string out from the spoon like cheese on a pizza. Wave the syrupy spoon in a circle over a plate. The syrup should fling out in strings onto the plate. If it’s too loose to make strings, reduce it more.

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