Balsamic Reduction

Make Your Own Balsamic Reduction | A Teaspoon of Happiness

Balsamic reduction is one of those things that I never considered making at home. In the past, I didn’t really care for it or think it was cool enough to give it a second thought once I left a restaurant. But a few weeks ago, something changed.  I went to this new restaurant in town, Rustique, where I had pesto everything, (I may have mentioned this in my last post or two) but each piece of my pesto-laden meal was crowned with this liquid gem – balsamic reduction.

Suddenly, I couldn’t stop thinking about balsamic reduction. It’s thick, tangy, sweet and syrupy. It’s the perfect compliment to a garlicky pesto sauce or some sweet strawberries. Even a hearty pork tenderloin or a simple salad. And, guess what. It’s easy to make at home. It only requires two ingredients and a little bit of patience. Try making some this weekend. You’ll see.


Balsamic Reduction

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 1/4 cup


  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. In a small saucepan or frying pan, heat vinegar and sugar over medium high heat.
  2. Bring to a simmer and continue cooking until liquid has thickened enough to coat a spoon, or it has desired thickness.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  • Reply
    April 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I would never have thought to put brown sugar in my balsamic reductions! I bet you could stir in some jams too for topping ice cream.. mmmmmmm. I have this bottle of like 21-year-old balsamic that I guard like it’s my own CHILD, I swear. It’s amazing how rich balsamic can taste and how it can really bring out the flavors in so many other things. We actually picked up a bottle of thick, rich truffle balsamic vinegar in Florence…. now I need to know what to do with THAT!

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    June 8, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Thanks for the recipe….we love Rustique.

  • Reply
    June 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This was a big hit at a family pool party. I was made to promise I would make it again when my nephew and his family return to town next month!

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