Have you ever been to one of those gourmet food stores where you can sample flavored vinegars and oils from large vats? I am completely addicted to fruit flavored vinegars - thanks in part to one of those specialty vinegar stores and their cherry balsamic vinegar. It's so good that I can put it on my salad and I don't even have to add oil.
I decided to try my hand at my own fruit infused vinegars. I turned to the internet for inspiration and found out it really is as simple as it seems.
I started with a simple recipe for Raspberry Basil Balsamic vinegar.
Chop some fresh basil.
I put the basil and vinegar in a saucepan along with some fresh raspberries.
Bring the mixture to a boil. I crushed the raspberries with the back of a wooden spoon.
Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then strain into jars for storage. I didn't use cheesecloth to strain my vinegar so I got a little bit of fruit pulp in my vinegar but I kind of like that.
I decorated my jars with a hand written label and a raffia bow.
I was so happy with my Raspberry Basil Vinegar that I decided to try another kind. I followed the same process to make some Lemon Thyme Blueberry Balsamic vinegar too.
The second vinegar was just as good as the first. I store my fruit infused vinegar in the refrigerator and I'm going through it quickly because it is REALLY good on salads.