Author Notes: In my kitchen chocolate rules and chocolate vinegar has been on my mind ever since I experimented making chocolate vinaigrette for V-Day.
A few days after posting on my humble recipe site a fellow blogger, Chef Mimi, messaged about the chocolate vinegar she was on a mission to make; a wonderful recipe made by infusing white balsamic with cocoa nibs for a week, a recipe I made and liked very much.
However, I was after darker, richer, spiced vinegar with a hint of espresso so I experimented - first infusing dark balsamic and cocoa nibs and second using cocoa powder and simmering all ingredients for a short time. The tastes were similar, the second version was instant gratification and I’m all for that.
Here is my chocolate vinegar version, home tested in a variety of ways and well received.
Let your imagination run wild with uses if you decide try this!
Makes: 1 cup ++
1-1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
15 coffee beans
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup agave
Couple pinches of salt
- Add all ingredients to a sauce pan bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer for 30 minutes, stir a few times. Cool.
- Strain through fine mesh once or twice – until the vinegar is clear and smooth looking.
- Funnel into a glass container with spout or a Mason jar.
- Note: For a thicker, rich vinegar simmer and stir to desired consistency.