People Are Drinking Seltzer With Balsamic Vinegar, and Feelings Are Mixed

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Although seltzer is delicious on its own, it's always fun to enjoy the drink with other ingredients. For example, last month, we wrote about adding fruit jam to seltzer for a major flavor boost. However, one of the most seltzer-related trends involves balsamic vinegar ... and we have questions.

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Here's how it started: In a recent TikTok, user @mandyvjones explained how to make "healthy Coke." It involves adding balsamic vinegar to a cup of ice, followed by a sparkling beverage. She used guava-flavored LaCroix, but mentioned that any flavor will do.

Once mixed, the drink actually looks like a Coke. What's more, according to @mandyvjones, the concoction tastes like it too.

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Unsurprisingly, people on TikTok had some thoughts. Many folks left comments along the lines of "absolutely not" and "no way," while others simply expressed their confusion. "This has got to be a group prank," said one user.

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As for the brave souls who tried making the drink? With the exception of a few individuals, it seems like most people think it ​doesn't​ taste like Coke. However, there seems to be more divided opinions on whether it tastes good.

"Just had it. I know you won't think it, but it actually sorta tastes Coke," said one user on TikTok. "It does not taste identical to a coke. However, it tastes super good," said user @healthylittlepeach in her own TikTok video. "[It] may not be for everyone," she adds.

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Now, it's worth mentioning that adding balsamic vinegar to drinks isn't exactly new. In 2012, ​bon appétit​ shared a recipe for strawberry-balsamic smash, a cocktail made of balsamic vinegar, gin, and muddled strawberries, limes, and cucumbers. Lemonade with balsamic vinegar, with or without alcohol, is also a classic beverage.

Balsamic vinegar in seltzer seems to be a newer idea. We don't have the guts to try it ... but maybe you will!

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