This smooth, full-bodied raspberry vinegar from French artisanal producer Huilerie Beaujolaise is wonderfully complex, with a perfect balance between tart and sweet that works in both sweet and savory recipes. Unlike the ambiguous mixed-berry flavor of other vinegars, there is no mistaking the raspberry characteristics in this vinegar. It has a concentrated, jam-like fruitiness without being cloyingly sweet—rather, the berries' natural tartness combined with acetic acid make for a well-rounded flavor profile with plenty of depth, like a brighter version of balsamic. Huilerie Beaujolaise enhances the vinegar with a bit of raspberry juice after fermentation, which creates a fuller mouthfeel similar to that of barrel-aged vinegar.
Huilerie Beaujolaise's raspberry vinegar is perfect in vinaigrettes, especially as a counterpoint for earthy roasted beets, tangy goat cheese or bitter greens like radicchio. We also use it in place of apple cider vinegar in our Apple and Fennel Salad with Candied Pecans
. On the sweet side, use in lieu of lemon juice for pie fillings. It's a great foil for apples and an ideal complement for strawberries, blueberries or rhubarb—try tossing fruit with a few teaspoons of vinegar for a galette or fruit tart, or make a shortcake with berries macerated in raspberry vinegar. For an easy dessert topping, add 1 to 2 teaspoons raspberry vinegar to 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of sugar.
You can even substitute Huilerie Beaujolaise's product for brandy to make a brighter version of the Brandy-Soaked Dried Cherries
that we like to serve with oatmeal or Buckwheat Apple Pancakes
. At breakfast, swirl raspberry vinegar into yogurt with a touch of honey to pair with ginger- or almond-flavored granola. We also mix it with seltzer water and savor its bright sweetness as a beverage.
Net Volume: 16.9 fluid ounces
Ingredients: Raspberry vinegar, sugar, concentrated raspberry juice
Place of Origin: France