Balsamic Cocktail Sauce is a new twist on an old favorite. Perfect for serving with shrimp cocktail or steamed shrimp.
A few years back some friends and I had the bright idea of making new twist on an old favorite, steamed shrimp. In Baltimore, where we live, nearly all steamed shrimp is smothered with Old Bay. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff, but sometimes you are craving something different, which was when we had the idea for Balsamic Steamed Shrimp. Naturally, it needed a corresponding sauce: Balsamic Cocktail Sauce.
We brainstormed flavor profiles and ultimately decided that the sweet and zesty flavor of balsamic vinegar would be a good idea. We stopped at the grocery store on our way home from bowling and grabbed the supplies, went home and steamed us up a pot. The problem was that traditional cocktail sauce with horseradish was a little too overpowering, so we decided to make up a new recipe using balsamic vinegar and cayenne for the bite.