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In Our Pantry: Sherry Vinegar

Our test kitchen can't get enough of this richly flavored Spanish vinegar. Here's how to make the most of it.

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We know what you’re thinking: Do I really need another bottle of vinegar? Our answer is an enthusiastic yes. Made exclusively in the celebrated sherry region of Spain, vinagre de Jerez is aged for at least six months (and often more than a decade), taking on a rich color and complex, balanced taste faintly reminiscent of caramel. It’s less sweet than balsamic and more nuanced than many other vinegars. Sherry vinegar is traditionally used to brighten up the flavor of long-cooked soups and stews or impart a smoky bite to the Spanish classic gazpacho. Just a splash also adds depth to vinaigrettes, vegetable dishes, and more.

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Test Kitchen's Pick

Sherry vinegar is sold in most grocery stores and online; we like Columela vinagre de Jerez.

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Smoky Potato Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

No mayo here! Boiled new potatoes are tossed with sliced scallions, sweet smoked paprika, and a simple dressing made with sherry vinegar and olive oil.

 

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Grilled Zucchini with Sherry Vinegar

A touch of sherry vinegar, red-pepper flakes, and fresh mint leaves set these grilled veggies apart. They're sure to become your new side dish staple!

 

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Grilled Salmon with Sherry-Vinegar Glaze

The sweetness and bright acidity of our easy homemade glaze is the perfect foil for meaty flame-kissed salmon. Here's how to make it: Heat a grill to medium-high. Season 4 skinless salmon fillets with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, then brush both sides of fish and grill with olive oil. Cook, uncovered, until just opaque in center, about 6 minutes total. Remove from grill and brush with glaze.

 

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Ice Cream with Sherry-Vinegar Glaze

Yes, our glaze works just as well in sweet dishes as savory! Spoon it over vanilla ice cream and sliced strawberries for a next-level sundae.

 

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Sherry Shrub

Don't have time to make a true shrub syrup? Sweeten some sherry vinegar instead, and pair with seltzer and your favorite fruit. Here's how to make our go-to drink: Stir together 3/4 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 cup sherry vinegar. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar mixture into a tall glass. Add 3 sliced strawberries; muddle. Fill glass with ice, then seltzer; stir.

Watch our Kitchen Conundrums expert Thomas Joseph share his favorite ways to use sherry vinegar: