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Basic Herb Vinegar



  • 1/2 cup fresh sweet basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup fresh Mexican mint marigold (tarragon)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon mixed peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

How to Make It

  1. To make vinegar, fill a clean, sterilized glass bottle or jar with all ingredients. Use 2/3 white vinegar to 1/3 white or red wine to make vinegar more mellow. Pour vinegar/wine mixture over herbs; bruise herbs with a wooden spoon.

  2. Cover container and store in a cool, dark place at room temperature. Stir mixture once every 4 or 5 days with a wooden spoon. The vinegar will be ready in 3 to 6 weeks, depending upon how strong you want it to be.

  3. Filter/strain herbs from vinegar. (A coffee filter and funnel work well.)

  4. Place a few clean, fresh herb sprigs in a clean, attractive bottle. Pour vinegar over sprigs.

Christmas with Southern Living 1997