Quick brine wings in a solution of 1 quart water, 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 cup white sugar. While wings are in the brine, it is time to prepare the balsamic reduction. Pour 1 3/4 cups of balsamic into a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium or medium-low. Mixture should be reduced by half within 8-10 minutes. Once balsamic has begun to thicken, stir in apricot preserves, salt, and chili powder. Cook for additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken further.