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Sarawak Sipper

Early Summer 2018
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food and drink

BY: Christopher St. Onge

Drinks featuring traditionally savoury ingredients don’t need to be salty. Here, black pepper and balsamic vinegar pair with sweet strawberries and beer to great effect. The drink is named after a region in Malaysia known to grow some of the world’s best black pepper.

1. In a beer glass, combine ½ cup (125 mL) washed, hulled and chopped strawberries and 1 oz Black Pepper Balsamic Syrup (recipe follows); muddle. Add a few ice cubes, stir then top with wheat beer (we used Side Launch, LCBO 385674, 473 mL). Garnish with a sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper.

Makes 1 drink


BLACK PEPPER BALSAMIC SYRUP

1. Combine ½ cup (125 mL) each sugar and water in a small saucepan; stir in 4 tsp (20 mL) cracked black pepper, cover and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth; stir in 1 tsp (5 mL) balsamic vinegar. Chill before use.

Makes about ½ cup (125 mL)

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food and drink

Sarawak Sipper

Early Summer 2018

BY: Christopher St. Onge

Drinks featuring traditionally savoury ingredients don’t need to be salty. Here, black pepper and balsamic vinegar pair with sweet strawberries and beer to great effect. The drink is named after a region in Malaysia known to grow some of the world’s best black pepper.

1. In a beer glass, combine ½ cup (125 mL) washed, hulled and chopped strawberries and 1 oz Black Pepper Balsamic Syrup (recipe follows); muddle. Add a few ice cubes, stir then top with wheat beer (we used Side Launch, LCBO 385674, 473 mL). Garnish with a sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper.

Makes 1 drink


BLACK PEPPER BALSAMIC SYRUP

1. Combine ½ cup (125 mL) each sugar and water in a small saucepan; stir in 4 tsp (20 mL) cracked black pepper, cover and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth; stir in 1 tsp (5 mL) balsamic vinegar. Chill before use.

Makes about ½ cup (125 mL)

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