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Nov 3, 2009 06:30 PM

Asian-style drinking vinegars

I've heard about the magical drinking vinegars at Pok Pok in Portland ( They sound amazing.

Up there, Andy Ricker buys some of his drinking vinegars from Asian markets and makes some of his own. I'm wondering if there's any restaurants in LA that are doing something similar. Anyone know if these Asian-style drinking vinegars are being use as mixers in any LA bars? Or as exotic non-alcoholic drinks in LA restaurants?

I'm curious. Would like to try it done well, without making the long haul to Portland.


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  1. Went to PokPok this summer and fell in love. Have not found any restaurants here that do what he does. But I have found the fruit vinegars at 99 Ranch as well as Korean grocery stores. Simply fill a glass with ice, pour in about 3-4 Tbs vinegar, and top the rest off with sparkling water.

    99 Ranch
    17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

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    1. re: ftk

      Bummer. I was hoping there were a couple of restaurants down this way that had picked up the idea from Ricker and ran with it.

      Does 99 Ranch do the vinegar cocktails, or just diluted vinegar soda drinks?

      Anyone else seen these anywhere in Southern Calif.?

      99 Ranch
      17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

      1. re: fredamoon

        They only have the actual fruit vinegars. But they can easily be mixed into any cocktail or soda. I recently went to a Korean market and picked up a grapefruit vinegar as well as a pomegranite vinegar. The pomegranite one was poured over ice along with some gin, and then topped off with some ginger ale.