One of Our Favorite Olive Oil Brands Just Launched a New Vinegar Flavor That’s Perfect for Summer

published May 14, 2024
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Summer will be here in a few short weeks, which means many of our favorite brands are releasing new seasonal products we can’t wait to get our hands on. If you’re in the market to upgrade your kitchen gear, you’ll want to check out Le Creuset’s new peach-colored cookware, for instance, or East Fork’s dishes, which are now also available in an enticing, summery shade. If your pantry could use a refresh, you’ll want to head to Kosterina. The brand behind some of our favorite olive oils and snacking olives just released a vinegar flavor you’ll want to drizzle over all of your meals this season (and maybe even into your poolside beverages). Snag the cucumber lemon balsamic vinegar for $15 a bottle, and be the first to try it. It’s bound to become the star of your outdoor gatherings, not to mention a year-round staple in your pantry.

What Is the Cucumber Lemon Balsamic Vinegar?

This new offering is just as light and refreshing as it sounds. True to its name, the vinegar is made with cucumber and lemon, along with only two other ingredients: white wine vinegar and white wine grape must. There’s no added sugar, but you still get that sweet, tangy flavor that a well-balanced balsamic vinegar promises. Lisa, The Kitchn’s former executive lifestyle director, tried Kosterina’s other balsamic vinegars and affirmed that they’re not only a summer staple, but also that a little goes a long way. “They’re all perfectly tangy-yet-sweet,” she wrote in her review. “In fact, they were so sweet, I did a double take when I read that they’re made without any added sugars. They’re made from white balsamic grape must sourced from Italy and are as flavorful as they are bright.” You’ll no doubt find the same to be true of Kosterina’s all-new cucumber lemon balsamic vinegar.

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Why You’ll Love the Cucumber Lemon Balsamic Vinegar

In addition to tasting great, the new balsamic vinegar is incredibly versatile. You can drizzle it over salads and flatbreads, add it to marinades, and mix it into your cocktails and mocktails. Even the simplest meals, like a two-ingredient salad, can be majorly upgraded with this one easy ingredient.

You can purchase the vinegar as a single bottle for $15 or save yourself the trouble of reordering (which you’ll definitely want to do upon trying it) and purchase a pack of three for $45. Even when summer ends, don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for the bottle while cooking at home. It might be a new release, but it’s a mainstay in the making.

Buy: Cucumber Lemon Balsamic Vinegar, $15