Pucker up, these 12 DIY vinegar recipes are ready and waiting for an intro to your tastebuds. Whether you go the sippin’ route with a thirst-quenching shrub — a syrupy, vinegar-enhanced way to preserve produce that’s experiencing a resurgence — or prefer to simply infuse your favorite vinegar with a handful of aromatics, it’s about time vinegar got a chance to shine outside of the salad bowl and pickle jar.
1. Cherry-Vanilla Maple Shrub: Combining summery cherries and fall-like maple syrup may seem a bit unusual, but the seasonal juxtaposition works… whether or not you add a splash of bourbon to the mix. (via Bojon Gourmet)
2. Strawberry Vinegar: Simply pour white wine vinegar over strawberries then forget about it for a couple weeks, and you’ll have a tasty vinegar at the ready for any number of uses. Change things up by experimenting with different types of vinegar — red wine and balsamic would work well, too. (via Look What I Made)
3. Peach Shrub Mocktail: Teetotolars, this mocktail is for you. Starring a lovely peach shrub plus sage, apple cider vinegar and a pinch of nutmeg, there are so many fab flavors going on that the booze won’t be missed whatsoever. (via Set the Table)
6. Making Your Own Vinegar: Sure, you could add that final glass or two of leftover wine to your dinner, but another stellar option that’s sure to earn you some serious DIY cred is making your very own vinegar. Just be sure to plan way, way ahead. It takes a whole year before it’s ready for consumption. (via Good Eggs)
10. Double-Dipped Buttermilk + Chile Vinegar Fried Chicken: A few spoonfuls of chili vinegar added to a buttermilk marinade is the secret to making this fried chicken extra succulent. (via F for Food)
11. Vanilla Ice Cream With Blood Orange Balsamic Vinegar: Pour some fruity, sweet-syrupy-sour blood orange balsamic over your next bowl of vanilla ice cream. Hey, don’t knock it until you try it. (via Family Spice)
12. Peach and Mint-Infused Vinegar: When you tire of cobblers and crisps, employ a few peaches and make this fantastic infused vinegar instead. It dresses up a regular ol’ green salad quite nicely. (via Our Kitchen)
Have you ever experimented with making or sipping on shrubs? How about your very own vinegar? Let’s talk in the comments.