I'll start this one off with a wonderful twist on an old classic, the Whiskey Sour. I'm working on my second New York Shrub.
1 1/2 oz rye
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 simple syrup (I actually used poppy syrup)
1 teaspoon balsamic reduction
Shake w crushed ice. Strain onto rocks.
The balsamic reduction couldn't be simpler and adds an unexpected tang to the drink. I thought I was over sours but this has me rethinking my position. I can see enjoying these all summer.