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Vinegar: The New Wine

We at Yum Yum are always delving into traditional methods to extract ideas and craft our beverages. Chinese characters are a rich source of lore and history. The Chinese character for vinegar is embedded with the words “alcohol” “twenty-one” and “day.” This compilation is less likely a reference to the legal drinking age in ancient China and more probably a representation of how vinegar was discovered. Chinese wine used to be made by fermenting rice water for two months, but an impatient vintner may have opened the vat after only 21 days and found a different swill. Ironically, this ancient “mistake” has become a healthful alternative to wine.

For Double Happiness, add 1 TBL. of Yum Yum Tonics Elderberry Concentrate to a glass of port.


Leftover Turkey and Love

Image Wondering what to do with your leftover turkey and your newfound love of apple cider vinegar?

1) Put as much of your turkey as you have left into a big pot (bones and all).

2) Combine with all of the following coarsely chopped ingredients:

3 carrots

3 stalks of celery

2 medium sized onions

4 inches of ginger

4 cloves of garlic

3 Tbl. Coarse sea salt

1 bunch parsley

3) Cover with water.

4) Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for 45 minutes.

5) Turn off heat and add:

2 Tbl apple cider vinegar (or 2 Tbl Yum Yum Tonics Asian Pear Vinegar)

5 Tbl coconut oil

6) Strain and use for a light, post Thanksgiving supper or freeze for later to use.


Caylie Appleseed


Apples are said to have originated from Tian Shen, or the “Heavenly Mountains” in central Asia, and apples are at the core of Yum Yum Tonic’s fruition. I draw on my Chinese medicine roots and Americana upbringing to bring this iconic fruit into modern imbibing. To represent this blending of east and west, I’ve infused Asian pears with local apple cider vinegar for an Asian Pear drinking vinegar. So, now we can all pretend we’re in a Wong Kar-wai film and combine sultry Asian ambience with the art of the cocktail (If this reference eludes you, watch “In The Mood For Love.”).

Yum Yum Tonic Launches on National Vinegar Day!

It's National Vinegar Day today, but I don't have a sour face.   I'm puckering with delight to announce my traditional, but new libation - Yum Yum Tonics.

These Chinese drinking vinegars have burgeoned in the port town of San Francisco.  In keeping with local tradition, I prepare small batches of seasonal,hand-pressed fruits, infused into apple cider vinegar to create a delicate, sweet and sour concoction.

Yum Yum Tonic's Winter flavors are Persimmon, Elderberry and Asian Pear!


Vinegar comes from the French words vin aigre, or "sour wine, " and it's an age old remedy said to treat just about anything - think Windex from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. So, take a dose of this palatable remedy every day and enjoy good health and good company.

Basic Recipe:

2 oz. of Yum Yum vinegar concentrate

8 oz. sparkly water

Stir and Sip