Fruit Vinegar – The Flavors of Summer

I love preserving the bounty of the summer here in the Pacific Northwest.  We have so many wonderful berries and stone fruits – fragrant and edible flowers like lavender.  One way is to freeze them, but another way is to make them into fruit flavored vinegar.

Small bottles of a homemade vinegar make great gifts.  Make a label and add some recipes for using them onto the neck of the bottle – and there you have a great gift!

Making them is so easy!!  You just need three ingredients…

What you need:

  • 2 ½ cups fruit
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups vinegar** (see below for suggestions)

How to Do it:

Clean the fruit – skins are fine.  Add the fruit, vinegar and sugar to a sauce pan.  Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on warm for about 45 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  NOTE:  You can also use herbs instead of fruit – an ample handful is enough.  I love lavender!

Strain out the fruit and pour into decorative bottles.  You can use the original vinegar bottle, special bottles you’ve purchased (I watch yard sales), even small liquor bottles!

**DO NOT use distilled or cider vinegar.  It’s best to use a white variety such as champagne, white wine, or white balsamic.  I like to use a high quality choice as my base.


You can use it in salad dressings, marinades, or anything that you would use a premium vinegar.  I also like to put a Tablespoon into a glass of sparkling water.  It gives it a little flavor and is a great probiotic!

Try this great recipe for Fig Vinegar!

And you can use one in this pasta salad dressing.

So head on over to Farmer’s Market and get some amazing fruit – and enjoy the flavors of summer all year!

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