Food is Medicine Series: Sipping Vinegar

Drinking Vinegars are not only delicious but an excellent way of getting herbs into your diet. Like alcohol and water, vinegars are also a perfect way to extract herbs. Apple Cider Vinegar can be beneficial in many ways to the body, whether it's used internally or externally, as an aid for digestion, upset GI, blood sugar regulation, and healthy skin to list a few. 

A sipping, drinking vinegar, traditionally named an oxymel or shrub, can be added to any beverage, or just enjoyed on its own. It is a combination of vinegar, honey, and herbs. You can get creative with your blends.

Ingredients and equipment needed:

  1. Oregano, basil, thyme
  2. Apple cider vinegar
  3. Honey
  4. Large Stainless Steel Pot
  5. ½ gallon jar
  6. Cheese Cloth
  7. Strainer

Instructions: For this vinegar blend we will add heat. You may also let it sit for 30 days strain and then add honey as an option.

Step 1: Add herbs and fruit to vinegar to a large pot. 

Step 2: Bring to a boil for a few minutes and then reduce heat for about 1 hour

Step 3: After reducing heat for 1 hour, pull off the stove, and let cool to at least room temperature.

Step 4: Strain all plant and fruit matter from the vinegar infusion.

Step 5: Heat back up to a low temperature and add honey until it's all dissolved into vinegar.

Step 6: Once the honey has dissolved then let cool to room temperature. 

Step 7: Add to your favorite beverage or sip on by itself for a zesty treat. 

Want to watch a short video? Head on over to our Instgram TV to watch Amanda Furbee make this sipping vinegar. 

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