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Basil Vinegar

Never made an herb vinegar? It's easy! Our Test Kitchen came up with a super simple recipe with just three ingredients (Plus a couple of recipe below for using it). If your family prefers tarragon instead of basil, just substitute it in the same amount called for in the recipe.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, crushed
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • Basil sprigs, optional


  • Place crushed basil leaves in a sterilized pint jar. Heat vinegar just until simmering; pour over basil. Cool to room temperature. Cover and let stand in a cool dark place for 24 hours; strain and discard basil.
  • Pour into a sterilized jar or decorative bottle. Add a basil sprig if desired. Store in a cool dark place.

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