|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||2%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Cherry-flavored vinegar couldn't be easier to make. While you can use whole or chopped cherries, we find that the bits of cherry fruit that cling to the pits contain ample cherry to flavor the vinegar. That said, only use whole, uncracked cherry pits if you decide to go this route. Cherry pits have trace amounts of cyanide inside and you wouldn't want poison in your vinegar!
What to do with it when you're done? Use it to make a wonderfully delicious homemade vinaigrette for a lovely summer salad. Or, we've been known to use cherry vinegar to flavor iced tea or sparkling water, adding sugar to taste.
Note that true cherry vinegar would be made by fermenting cherry juice into cherry wine and then coaxing that to turn into cherry vinegar. That process isn't easy and would be a real hassle to make at home.
We can't lie, but real cherry vinegar would definitely have a deeper, more fruit-like essence than this cherry-flavored vinegar facsimile. If you find true cherry vinegar for sale, buy a bottle!
"The cherry vinegar was incredibly easy to make, and it was a great way to use fresh sweet cherries. I think this fruity vinegar would make an excellent alternative to red wine in a red wine vinaigrette, or you could sprinkle it over some greens or fresh veggies." —Diana Rattray
1/2 cup cherries, pitted and chopped, or 1 cup fresh whole lightly crushed cherries with uncracked cherry pits
2 cups apple cider vinegar, or white wine vinegar
Gather the ingredients.
Place the cherries a glass jar or other sealable container (jars are preferable to bottles since you'll need to get everything out again when you strain the vinegar).
Fill the container with the vinegar. Cover, and set aside overnight to let the cherry flavor blend into the vinegar.
Strain, discard the cherries.
Return the vinegar to the jar or transfer to a bottle. Seal, and store at room temperature for up to a year.
Cherry Pit Warning
Cherry pits contain cyanide which is poisonous if the pits are cracked or crushed and eaten. If using cherry pits to make the vinegar, use only whole, uncracked ones, and discard them after the soak.
How to Use Cherry Vinegar
- Replace red wine vinegar with cherry vinegar in red wine vinaigrette or this soy vinaigrette for bright color with no alcohol.
- Use cherry vinegar in a tossed green salad.
- Use cherry vinegar in your favorite marinade.
- Use cherry vinegar in glazes.
- Mix with sparkling water or club soda and a bit of honey or sugar to taste for a refreshing soft drink.
How to Store Cherry Vinegar
Store the cherry vinegar in a clean container with a plastic or cork lid. Keep it in a cool dark place or store it in the refrigerator.