How to Make Flavored Vinegar with Fruit

I love to use fruit-flavored vinegars for vinaigrette, glazes for fruit salad, marinades and much more.  They only take a small amount of fruit and taste delicious. This year, I decided to learn how to make flavored vinegar on my own.  It was very easy to do and are a great way to use fruit from your garden. Of course, you can always buy the fruit from your local farmer’s market or grocery store.

My first batch of fruit vinegar was made from peaches. I am very fortunate that my mother has peach trees and a bountiful harvest that she shares with me.

You will need the following to make Peach Vinegar:

  • 1 pound of peeled, diced peaches ( 2 /14 cups diced)
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • Non-reactive pot (I used my enamel pot)
  • Sterilized 1-quart glass jar with lid
  • Strainer
  • Coffee Filters
  • Sterilized jar(s) for finished vinegar
1. Heat the white wine vinegar over medium heat until you begin to smell the vapor – don’t let it boil.
2. Add the peaches to the white wine vinegar and heat for 1 minute.
3. Pour the vinegar/peach mixture into a sterilized jar and let cool for 1 hour before putting screwing the top on.
4. Store in a dark, cool place (I stored them in my pantry) for 5 days.  Each day, shake each jar to help mix the peaches.
5. After 5 days, pour the vinegar/peach mixture through a strainer.  You can see that the vinegar assimilated much of the color of the peaches.
6. Pour the peach vinegar through a coffee filter to strain out the rest of any peach solids. This part takes some patience, but I did figure out a short-cut.  At first the peach vinegar runs through the coffee filter quickly when first poured.  Then it tapers off and slowly drips.  So, I would pour it and when it slowed down – I poured the remaining mixture still in the coffee filter back into the bowl with the unfiltered peach vinegar.  Then I put a new coffee filter in and poured again.  You will use quite a few coffee filters during this step.

7. Pour the strained peach vinegar into sterilized mason jars.  You don’t have to sterilize the vinegar mixture – just the jars.

Peach vinegar will store in a dark place for 2 – 3 months or 6 – 8 months in your refrigerator.  But you won’t want to store it….you will want to use it all the time!

Making strawberry vinegar is even easier….

Here is what you need:

  • 1 pint strawberries, diced
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

And here’s how to make flavored vinegar using strawberries.

1. Add the diced strawberries, white wine vinegar and sugar into a sterilized jar and cover.

2. Store in a cool, dark place for 2 days.

3. Strain out the strawberries and then pour the strawberry vinegar through coffee filters to filter out any leftover strawberry solids.

4. Pour strawberry vinegar into sterilized mason jars and store in a cool, dark place.  I recommend using within 6 months.

It doesn’t get much easier then that, does it? Now that you know how to make flavored vinegar with fruit, use them to enhance your favorite recipes or for great gifts.

Check out the link below to learn how to make raspberry vinegar: Homemade Raspberry Vinegar 

  1. Tammy L says

    Nice!. I am making peach right now but did not heat the vinegar. I also used white balsamic, less than 3$ at trader joes. I strain it thru a fine mesh over a bowl with a pour lip on it then through the coffee filter. It is so much fun to make vinegars. I made pineapple from fresh, dead ripe pineapple and oh man! Yummy. I now have some fig brewing as well, using dried figs since they have more concentrated flavor and sugar and using regular balsamic. My first attempt was with cranberries (from the freezer) and orange peel with rice wine vinegar and a bit of sugar, no heating an any of these. It was beautiful and tasty. Love to see that you don’t boil the vinegar.

    • Patricia Hogue says

      I just made some blueberry vinegar. Didn’t heat any of it Maybe it would be better if I did, but I wanted all the goodies from the berries that heat may kill. I ran the blueberries through my food blender then added an equal amount of Cider vinegar. Strained it all as you recommended and if it last long enough it will be stored in a cool dark place, Oh by the way I used some fancy wine bottles to store it in. Years ago I made apple cider vinegar and would like to know where I can get mother. It makes the job go faster with the head start of pre made mother.

      • LULU says

        …PRE MADE MOTHER…..?


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