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How to Make Blackberry Vinegar

Making your own  fruit flavored vinegar, like this blackberry version, is easy and only requires a few simple ingredients. There are so many flavor combinations to choose from.

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Sometimes I never know what my next experiment is going to be until I find something unexpectedly. For example, our cheerleading team was hosting a garage sale fundraiser several months ago and I found four, white porcelain ramekins for $1. Not each, but all four for one dollar..BONUS! As soon as I saw them I KNEW I was going to make some kind of macaroni and cheese dish and that’s when I created the recipe for Rosemary & Goat Cheese Mac n’ Cheese. Perfect right?

Blackberry Vinegar

Well this is the exact same way this recipe for Blackberry Vinegar was created. I was walking through Target one day and I like to look through those few isles where they have everything for $1. These cruets caught my eye and I loved how they had a chalkboard front. Since Spring is just around the corner, I thought making some homemade vinegar would be a great idea to post about to get us all out of this winter doldrum.

How to Make Blackberry Vinegar

Making your own vinegar is SUPER EASY, it’s the waiting that’s a killer! Two ingredients: vinegar and fruit of your choice are all you need. My local market has had an abundance of blackberries lately so I chose to use those, but feel free to experiment and substitute as you wish. Once you make the vinegar, you can use it as the base for a salad dressing; to marinate meat, poultry or fish; or toss it in with your favorite pasta salad recipe. Here are some other fun recipe combinations I can’t wait to try:

  • Raspberries + Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pears + White Vinegar
  • Oranges + Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Strawberries + Red Wine Vinegar
  • Peaches + White Vinegar
  • Vanilla Bean + White Vinegar
Don’t they sound good? I can’t wait for salad season! ~Enjoy!
Blackberry Vinegar
How to Make Blackberry Vinegar
Prep Time: 5 minutes  Resting Time: 2 weeks   Yields: 2 cups


  • 2 c. White Distilled Vinegar
  • 1 pt. Fresh Blackberries


  1. Add the vinegar and blackberries to a small, stainless steel saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat; then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow to completely cool; approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Place the vinegar in a covered, airtight container and allow to sit at room temperature for 2 weeks.
  4. Sterilize your storage bottle by placing it in a saucepan filled with water. Allow it to come to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes; then remove and allow to dry.
  5. Strain the vinegar in a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth so that it catches any sediment. Discard the blackberries and store in your sterilized bottle.
  6. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.


  1. Cindy
    July 19, 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! I have two questions-if I don’t have a stainless steel pan, can I use a clap halon pan? Also, does the vinegar go bad after 6 months?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      July 20, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Hi Cindy and so sorry for the delay in response. Yes, you can use another type of pan and the vinegar should be fine if stored in a cool dry place and is sealed well.

  2. Barr Patricia Kathleen
    July 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Hello. I am about to make your blackberry vinegar. Any new advice or perspective from you a year and a half later? I’m not good on measurements – is the ratio about 50/50? Thank you!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      July 27, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

      Hi Patricia, yes it’s about 50/50 depending on how many blackberries come in a pint. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like it!

  3. SunGold
    August 6, 2015 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    If you boil the vinegar, does it still have the “mother” and make real vinegar, or is this a BlackBerry-flavored vinegar?

  4. Graham Hunt
    July 26, 2017 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Add a sachet of schwart mulled wine spices per litre of liquid for a year round Xmas taste

  5. Betty
    October 25, 2017 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Do you water bath the jars after you make the flavored vinegar?

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