I really do not like the taste of balsamic vinegar (people wonder if I'm really Italian), but after taking another cooking class with Fabio Viviani, I ordered a Balsamic Martini... once I bravely took a small sip of my Aunt's. And it was the most incomparable sweet but tangy martini I've had in... well, forever! This drink was made by the best dang "mixologist" I know, Jacopo Falleni, the handsome and charming business partner of Fabio. After the class, I just had to praise him for getting me to eat things that I normally despise! And he tells me, "Well, if you can't eat it, drink it!" And he was right... a perfect combo of Vanilla Rum, Simple Syrup, Strawberry Puree, Limes, Balsamic Vinegar and Balsamic Glaze.
Jacopo's new website (http://www.jacopofalleni.com/) will be launching soon where you'll be able to find many of his signature drink recipes that you can make at home. Until then, visit their restaurants (Cafe Firenze and Firenze Osteria) for this beautifully paired strawberry balsamic masterpiece.
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