The sweet tartness of raspberries marries perfectly with the fresh taste and fragrance of thyme. This raspberry and thyme vinegar can be used on both savoury and sweet salads too. Super easy to make it’s a great addition to your larder.
Raspberry and Thyme Vinegar
Flavoured vinegars are very popular these days. The supermarket nd deli shelves are full of all things flavoured. But these things come at a price, so why not make your own flavoured vinegar.
I promise you it’s really easy. And this raspberry and thyme vinegar is so useful. Just a dash in a salad or even a fruit salad and it can make the most humble of ingredients sing and your taste buds dance with pleasure.
Ingredients for this flavoured vinegar
Scottish raspberries are legendary, sweet and just a little tart they say summer even more than strawberries to me. I love picking them in the garden and admit to still cramming more in my mouth like a kid than I actually get into the basket.
Thyme is a hardy herb but with a delicate flavour. There are so many varieties of thyme including a delightful lemon thyme which would work wonderfully in this recipe if you can find it. Best still grow your own, like most herbs thyme is pretty robust and if it can survive up here on Walton’s Mountain it can survive almost anywhere.
What type of vinegar to use?
I use white wine vinegar for this recipe. As it’s a delicate flavour combo of raspberry and thyme I don’t want to overpower their flavour with a stronger vinegar.
NEVER use malt vinegar or plain white vinegar when you are making these sorts of flavoured vinegar. They are fr too strong and would kill the flavour you are so carefully adding. You can use champagne vinegar if you have it or possibly cider vinegar.
But for this recipe I would choose white wine vinegar.
A little sugar
Just to add a tiny bit of sweetness here. Don’t worry it doesn’t make this into something remotely sickly.
How to make flavoured vinegar
There are two ways of making infused vinegars, popping everything in a jar and leaving it for a week to infuse or this method which is much quicker.
Just bring everything to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat and let it sit in the pan to infuse over night before decanting into sterilised bottles.
How to use this raspberry and thyme vinegar
This is a great vinegar for salad dressings where you want something light but with a kick of fruity flavour. Perfect for a simple green salad.
You can use this vinegar on a fruit salad too. You’d be amazed how the flavours in a simple fruit salad will perk up with just a few drops of this delightful raspberry and thyme vinegar.
Raspberry vinegar drink
You can even use this simple raspberry vinegar as a refreshing summer drink. Just dilute the fruit vinegar with double the amount of water and serve over ice on a hot day. Drinking fruit vinegars, especially raspberry vinegar was very popular many years ago.They were often referred to as Shrubs.
Of course, that was before the advent of all our modern day fizzy drinks and sugar laden squashes and cordials.
How long will this infused vinegar keep?
This vinegar will keep for 6-8 months in a cool dark cupboard. The colour will darken with age. If left in sunlight the colour will fade.
This super easy recipe for raspberry and thyme vinegar is from my eBook Gourmet Gifts For Christmas.
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Raspberry and thyme vinegar
- 100 g/31/2oz fresh raspberries
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 200 ml/7fl oz white wine vinegar
- Bruise the thyme to release the aromatic oils and then place everything in a small pan, bring to boil then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes
- Remove from heat and allow to cool and leave to infuse over night
- Pour into sterilised bottles
- Can be used on salad veggies, in a fruit salad and even put a dash in soda water for a drink