Summer Sipping Vinegars

You’ve probably heard by now that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is really good for you. It helps detoxify your body and clear out toxins. But for many, its tangy taste can be a little hard to get down. Good thing there’s is a new drink in town, called Sipping Vinegar! Well, it’s actually not so new. People have been drinking it for centuries, but it’s all the rage right now. 

My first vinegar-based recipe was called the Flu Shot a.k.a. Fire Cider. This was made from a combination of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice, fresh herbs, turmeric, garlic, ginger, peppercorns, horseradish and more… I’d let this infuse for about 6 weeks and take a tablespoon or two to keep cold and flu germs away. 

So when I came across the idea of Sipping Vinegars, I knew they were for me. I’m all about the powerful health benefits and immunity boost. I also knew I could have some fun in the kitchen, because the flavours are vibrant, fresh and exciting. 

For the base, you can use any type of vinegar from ACV to balsamic to champagne. The creativity comes with the plentiful array of summer fruits and herbs you can add. For example: strawberry and basil, blueberry and thyme, raspberry and mint or ginger and cilantro. The list can go on and on.

To make Sipping Vinegars, I refer to the recipes featured on Ellen Ford’s DIY Network blog. They’re quite simple and quick to make—and as you know, I love simple! 

Summer Sipping Vinegars

Basic Formula:

1 cup vinegar
1 cup fruit
¼ cup herbs
½ cup sugar

Recipes:

For recipes and flavour combinations, check out Ellen Ford’s blog, “How to Make Drinking Vinegar.” (We have our eye on the Cherry & Sage in Champagne Vinegar.) Give one a try and enjoy a delicious, non-alcoholic sip all summer long! 

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