About Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar
Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar is a refreshingly sweet and tart, fruit and vinegar-based beverage handcrafted in Portland, Oregon using quality organic cane vinegar and fresh whole ingredients.
Chef Andy Ricker has been serving drinking vinegars in his world-renowned Pok Pok restaurants since 2006 after coming across the beverage in an Asian market and realizing the sweet, sour, tart beverage perfectly complimented his complex Thai flavors. Soon, the market’s supply could not keep up with the demand of Pok Pok customers, who loved the drinking vinegar accompanying their meals and mixed in their cocktails.
Ricker introduced his own line, Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar (“naam som” means “sour water” or vinegar in Thai), in 2010, creating unique Thai-inspired flavors as distinct and delicious as the food on his menus. Som stands out from its competitors by using fresh whole fruits, herbs and spices – no artificial flavoring – and US-made organic sugarcane vinegar, which doesn’t overpower the intended flavor. Pok Pok Som concentrate is most commonly served with four-parts soda water as a soft drink, at full strength as a mixer in cocktails, or incorporated into dressings and marinades. It is available in nine signature flavors - Thai Basil, Apple, Honey, Pomegranate, Tamarind, Ginger, Tumeric, Pineapple and Chinese Celery, as well as a rotating selection of seasonal flavors like Cardomom Tangerine, Strawberry Thai Basil, Black Pepper, Blood Orange, and more.
Seeing an opportunity to create a natural, uniquely flavored bottled soda alternative with his award-winning concentrate, Ricker launched Pok Pok Som Soda in 2015. This ready-to-drink carbonated premium soft drink has only six ingredients, 1/3 less sugar than most conventional and craft sparkling beverages, and is available in four delicious flavors: Turmeric, Grapefruit, Thai Basil, and Ginger.
Pok Pok Som and Som Soda can be found at Whole Foods Markets and many other fine retailers, and on the menus of some of the best bars in the country. For more information about Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar, please visit www.pokpoksom.com and their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.