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Fruit-infused vinegar is a recent addition to my nerdy ingredient collection! During a friend’s visit this summer (Hi Stephanie!), we discovered a tasting room for locally made olive oils and vinegars. The fruit-infused vinegars blew us away! They were tangy like vinegar but subtly sweet with recognizable fruit flavors! Dinner that night involved homemade bread dunked in dipping bowls of olive oil, fruity vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt! Equally delicious was a homemade vinaigrette on spinach salad! Yum, yum, and yum!
Then, the inevitable happened… I discovered, thanks to Pinterest, that I could have been making this fruity-vinegar-delight myself. Sigh. Of course, I had to give it a try! Thankfully, I found a really thorough tutorial over at Attainable Sustainable. https://www.attainable-sustainable.net/make-infused-vinegar/ The author gives step by step instructions for making, pasteurizing, and packaging vinegary creations! I followed their recipe for blackberry and orange zest infused white balsamic vinegar, and loved the results! Next, I tried a strawberry-infused golden balsamic made with local strawberries!
Since I plan to give vinegar as gifts, (Hello, make-ahead-Christmas-present!), I searched for moderately small, but cute bottles. My favorites so far are a 5oz size with twist on caps from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VEYL12M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I used my handy gift-tag paper punch and an appropriate rubber stamp to create tags. They have *adorable* tiny fruit stamps at this Etsy site. https://www.etsy.com/listing/256886901/mini-fruit-rubber-stamps-set-of-4-mini?ref=shop_home_active_2
I am including the fruity vinaigrette recipe from Attainable Sustainable on the back of the tag!