Strawberry-Basil Drinking Vinegar

Strawberry Basil Vinegar

Drinking vinegars are incredibly easy to make and really refreshing. They make a great addition to cocktails besides being great just mixed with some club soda, and they can be great digestives, as well.

Pretty much any kind of fruit can be mixed with sugar and vinegar to create a drinking vinegar, so try experimenting with what’s growing fresh in your garden or is in season at the farmers market or grocery store.

Strawberry-Basil Drinking Vinegar

2 cups roughly chopped fresh strawberries

1 and 1/2 cups white vinegar

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Combine all ingredients in a large mason jar or bowl; if in a jar, cap it securely, or cover tightly with plastic wrap if using a bowl. Leave out at room temperature for about four days, giving it a good shake or stir each day. At the end of four days, use a potato masher to thoroughly mash the strawberries, then strain through cheesecloth several times until you have a clear liquid (it may not be transparent, but you should at least have removed all the solids completely). Can be stored in the refrigerator for at least two weeks.

Cocktail recipe: Strawberry Vinegar Negroni


Published on June 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] strawberry plants aren’t yet at peak production, and made a beautiful and slightly tart strawberry-basil drinking vinegar. A drinking vinegar serves much the same purpose as a bitter liqueur like Campari, working as an […]

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