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Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar smacks of summer

Trader Joe's Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar delivers zesty flavor.
Trader Joe's Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar delivers zesty flavor.Photo by Colleen Smith for Friday Jones Publishing

Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar adds vim and vigor to a variety of dishes ranging from summer salads to barbecue and—believe it or not—beverages. The orange-colored vinegar strikes the ideal balance between sweet and sour and adds a secret ingredient that packs a gourmet punch
If you make your own salad dressings, Trader Joe’s vinegar will probably improve any recipe. Straight out of the bottle, the vinegar makes a tangy, tart marinade for chicken, fish or shrimp. The citrusy vinegar even jazzes up fruit salad and adds a fiesta flavor to salsas. Trader Joe’s touts this lively vinegar for Asian, Latin or Island cuisines; as a dressing for sliced avocado, jicama and orange segments; or paired with sesame oil to toss a Chinese chicken salad.
But maybe the most interesting use for Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar is in a spritzer. The label of the vinegar suggests adding three tablespoons of Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar to sparkling water over crushed ice. Vinegar and water? As a beverage? Yes, that sounds weird. But the taste is refreshing and effervescent, a non-alcoholic beverage to wash the dust of summer off a parched tongue. Try mixing the vinegar with Trader Joe's citrus-flavored sparkling water for a double citrus whammy.
Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar contains champagne vinegar, orange and muscat grape juices, sugar and water. One tablespoon has about 15 calories, no sodium, and delivers a small amount of vitamin C. Trader Joe’s is the exclusive distributor of this zesty orange vinegar. Trader Joe’s website indicates that the vinegar is hand-crafted by a small company in Northern California specializing in gourmet products from the state’s farm belt and wine country.

Try Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar in this delicious vinagrette--a family recipe from the owner of Racines restaurant in Denver. The link also includes salad-making tips from the chef at Racines.

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