Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Herbal Vinegar

Herbal vinegars are so simple to make.  They make a nice little gift, especially if you put a bottle in a basket with the makings for a salad.  Or you can add a nice olive oil and your favorite recipe to make salad dressing!

I try to save a few uniquely shaped bottles throughout the year just for making flavored vinegars:

These were "dill and chive" and 
"basil and oregano" vinegars:                                                                                             These are "chive flower' vinegars:

In the spring I start some herbs by seed and others I buy at the local farm market:

The oregano and chives return every year and need no maintenance at all.  I don't let my herbs flower because that will discourage leaf growth.

Today I made a few bottles of Italian Vinegar:

I prefer to use champagne vinegar or rice vinegar, as they are less acidic than white vinegar.   This time I added a few sprigs of basil, chives, thyme and oregano to the bottles and poured the vinegar over them.  I store the bottles in the pantry for two weeks.  At this point it is ready to use.  You can strain it to remove the herbs if you like, but I like to keep them in to remember exactly what I used.

These vinegars make a tasty vinaigrette when mixed with olive oil:

Easy Herb Vinaigrette
1/4 c herbal vinegar
3/4 c olive oil
1 T dijon mustard
1 minced garlic clove
dash of sugar, salt and pepper
Makes one cup of dressing, let sit for 30 minutes and store leftover in refrigerator.


Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Patti I am so making these! I have so much basil
    This year I’ve been giving it to a local bar for their smoked badil cocktails. I’m thinking gifts for Christmas? Assuming these will last a long time. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I have a bottle of rice vinegar that I think is destined for this!

  3. This is genius! Why have I not done this? I have a container garden full of fresh herbs. I can only imagine how good this is going to make homemade vinaigrette taste. Like you, I collect bottles of interest. By the end of the week, they are going to be filled with herbal vinegar. Pattie @ Olla-Podrida

  4. I love your recipe, sounds delicious to me as I prefer a vinegar base salad dressing rather than creamy. Those are such pretty bottles. Who wouldn't love to receive this gift........

  5. Love this idea, Patti! I have herbs aplenty right now. . . you've inspired me! I've pinned this to my "gift idea" board.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

  6. What a great idea! I have an overload of herbs and can't wait to try this out. I'd love for you to share your project over at Sundays on Silverado link party. :-)