Homemade drinking vinegar

29 Oct

three bottles of brightly colored drinking vinegar

After my graduation in August, my family and friends hit up well known Portland restaurant Pok Pok for the first time.  There were two things on my “must try” list: fish sauce chicken wings and drinking vinegar.  My companions were down with the wings but they were a little skeptical about the latter, and I didn’t blame them.  A big gulp of vinegar doesn’t exactly sound appealing, does it?

This isn’t straight vinegar, though.  Fruit-infused and sweetened, the drinking vinegars are added to soda water or cocktails for a sweet and sour kick.  After one drink, we were all converted.

When my mom’s birthday rolled around in September, I wanted to get her some drinking vinegar for her homemade libations.  After a little online searching, I found that a 16oz bottle would cost about $30 to have shipped to my doorstep.

Umm… excuse me?!

So I made the obvious choice: time to DIY.

three mason jars with fruit and vinegar

I made three varieties: ginger peach, strawberry basil, and cherry.  Your imagination is the only real limit when it comes to these.  We’re dreaming up a cherry tomato vinegar to make next year to use as an addition to our bloody marys.

Making these drinking vinegars could not have been easier.  Literally the most difficult part was MacGyver-ing a funnel out of aluminum foil to help get the warm vinegar into the fancy bottles.  If you have a real funnel, you can avoid that step.  The second hardest part was waiting patiently while the vinegars infused.

This ain’t rocket science, ya’ll.

three jars of fruit and vinegar

Cherry drinking vinegar

Resources: 1, 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 c. pitted cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3-4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar

Place cherries in a quart size jar and cover with vinegar.  Shake well.  Let infuse for one week, shaking daily.

After one week, strain liquid into medium size saucepan.  Add sugar and simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened, 5-10 minutes.  Add extra sugar to taste.

Pour vinegar into a clean glass bottle or jar (careful, it will be hot).

Your homemade drinking vinegar should keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.

I can’t recommend these enough as a secret ingredient in your favorite adult beverages.  For a tasty, alcohol free beverage, combine one part drinking vinegar with four parts soda water over ice.  Mix well.

And they look good too!

three bottles of brightly colored drinking vinegar

3 Responses to “Homemade drinking vinegar”

  1. Joanna May 9, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    YUM! I love drinking vinegars!

  2. Eric L October 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    I vote for bacon drinking vinegar.

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