Aly Davis, our cashier who hails from Portland, Oregon, raves about her hometown’s authentic Thai restaurant. Pok Pok apparently serves up some of the best Southeast Asian food this side of the Pacific. In 2005, they began making their own drinking vinegars, called “Som,” that are pleasantly paired with soda water, soft-drink style, or mixed into their original house cocktails. The vinegars are all made with natural fruit and herbs, organic cane sugar and honey, and quality vinegars. Luckily for us here in the City, we’re stocking our shelves with a few of Pok Pok’s elixers. Currently we’re selling the honey, pomegranate, and tamarind flavored vinegars. Each flavor comes concentrated, with a dilution of about 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water necessary to make a good drink.
When Ian from our booze department caught wind that the vinegars had arrived, he spent some time crafting a cocktail with the tamarind version. Here’s the receipt for his own “Tamarind Margarita.”
2 oz. Herradura reposado tequila
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz. Pok Pok Som tamarind vinegar
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to bring the drink to life. Strain into a cocktail glass.