Flavored Vinegar – Make Your Own

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Flavored vinegar is one of the things that I enjoy putting on my salads and fresh vegetables. It’s a little indulgence that helps make salads taste better to me.  Flavored vinegar can be purchased at the store but it’s very easy to make your own flavored vinegar at home. All you need are a few basic ingredients to get started.  They key to making the best flavored vinegar is to start with herbs that are as fresh as possible.  Fresh herbs retain the most flavor and that’s important to getting the best flavor for your vinegar. I use herbs from my herb garden but if you don’t have an herb garden, you can visit a farmer’s market and purchase fresh herbs there.  If you purchase fresh herbs from the grocery store, try to buy them from an area near you to ensure they are as fresh as possible. My favorite type of flavored vinegar is chive so I make sure to have lots of bunches of chives around the garden.

Flavored vinegar - how to make your own

Flavored Vinegar


  • Glass bottle
  • Cork for stopper. You can use a screw on cap it you have to.
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Bunch of chives or other fresh herbs


  1. Wash and dry the herbs
  2. Break off the chive flowers and push them into the bottle. Or put the leaves of the herb you choose into the bottle.
  3. Fill the bottle with distilled white vinegar to about an inch from the top of the bottle.
  4. Put the cork in or the top on.
  5. Store it somewhere dark in the cupboard for about two weeks to flavor.
  6. When you use it, strain the flavored vinegar through cheesecloth to keep the herbs from ending up in your salad.

I made a video a few years ago about how to make flavored vinegar. It’s one of the first videos I made so no laughing. Enjoy!


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  1. I wonder if that would make a difference for me - I can't stand vinegar, but having it flavored and using it as a dressing might be great - thanks for the idea!! Pinned!
  2. I am going to try this. I love the idea.
  3. Mary/ Raising Dick and Jane says
    Love this! Thanks for the video too, that was helpful!
  4. I never thought about flavored vinegar. This would be yummy with a salad. -r
  5. Thanks for sharing...I have lots of herbs in my garden to try!
  6. Sounds wonderful!! Visiting from the Pinterest Power (Link) Party & pinning {of course! ;)} Thanks for sharing!! Hope the upcoming weekend is a lovely one for you! -Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com
  7. Rose Powell says
    First let me say that I never knew chive was an adorable little purplely flower. I feel silly now! Second, I would have never thought about flavored vinegar, but it does make sense. Thank you for sharing such a helpful video!
    • Ellen Christian says
      Standard chives have a purple flower. Garlic flavored chives, which are also yummy in vinegar, have a white flower :)
  8. Thanks for the tutorial!  Can't wait to try this in the summer when I have some fresh herbs!
  9. That looks really easy to do. I could use the vinegar in my own salad dressing.
  10. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says
    I never thought of even doing this before, I'm going to try it - great video too!! :)
  11. Mag@GirlyCreation says
    I actually made something similar, not vinegar but flavored oil, using rosemary or lavender in vegetable oil. The aroma is so good.
  12. Great idea!! I'm making apple cider vinegar for my chickens.
  13. What a great idea. And the video was fabulous. :)
  14. That is soo cool, I totally have to try this! :) Thank you for sharing! 
  15. hey, I never thought about doing this. This is a great idea. Thank you for stopping by and joining up in the blog hop. I hope to see you next week too. Garrett @TheGrowingPatch www.growingpatch.com
  16. that is easier than i thought to make!
  17. I would never have thought to make my own. The video was great. Thanks for the idea.
  18. Never would have thought of doing this, thanks Ellen!
  19. Chelsea @ Someday I'll Learn says
    Oooh, I want to do this! My husband and I stumbled upon a fancy vinegar and oil store the other day and were talking about how much we'd love to make our own.
  20. Sarah Lehan says
    I do recommend the cork rather than the metal top since it can get rusted from the vinegar.  I've tried all sorts of different combinations for my vinegars.
  21. Diana Rambles says
    That is so interesting! I have never heard of flavored vinegar. Thanks for linking up!
  22. I never realized that it was so simple. I so have to try this.
  23. Kathy Smith says
    I love this and can't wait to do it .  It is so easy too. Thanks for sharing.
  24. Have you ever made your own infused Olive oils? So easy. It's best to use dried herbs for it if you don't intend to refridgerate it. I have made garlic olive oil with real garlic cloves, but I infused that in the fridge.
  25. I didn't think I liked vinegar, so when I made salads, it would be oil only. Then I had a good salad made with decent vinegar and I went wild! I bought every kind of vinegar you can find - and would use it liberally. Good flavored vinegar is expensive, my favorite is raspberry. I want to try this when raspberries are in season. I had an herb garden a couple of years ago, and I wish I had know about this back then, as I didn't know what to do with tarragon, lemon thyme, a few others!

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