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If you’re looking for a drinking vinegar recipe, you’ve found it! Two versions: Thai Basil Drinking Vinegar and Marion Berry Drinking Vinegar.

Curiosity won. Drinking vinegar? It was on the menu at one of our favorite local restaurants. Being a vinegar fan – balsamic mostly – I admit that it intrigued me from the start. But, drinking. vinegar??

Marion Berry Drinking Vinegar

Then I noticed who made it, Pok Pok. You may have heard of this Thai restaurant in Portland, Oregon (or the one in New York City)? In Portland, it’s a quirky cool place with incredible food. Quirky in the sense that the restaurant’s building seems like a remodeler gone mad. Imagine a maze of seemingly unrelated add-ons that all mysteriously connect. And cool in the sense that they published an enormously popular cookbook last year; you may have read about it in Bon Appetit magazine?

So finally, I tried it – the Thai Basil flavor. Who knew? It turns out that vinegar + fruit/herb + sugar/honey + sparkling water = deeelicious! 

Do you like kombucha? If so, then I bet you’ll like this. And if you use Bragg Apple Cider vinegar, it has a mother – which sounds kind of frightening or like it should end in a curse, but just means that it has live enzymes. And if half of the health benefits they claim are true, it’s probably worth a sip or two.

Making drinking vinegar at home is ridiculously easy, but it’s a waiting game. It takes a full two weeks. First you fill jars with vinegar and fruit or herbs, then let it sit on the counter for one week, shaking it each day. So you get the bonus of a countertop science project.

Basil and Marion Berries In Vinegar

Once the week is up, you’ll add sugar or honey, shake it up, then wait another week, and strain. That’s it. Then you’ll serve it to unsuspecting friends, spouses, or children and giggle at their puckering faces. But it’s strangely refreshing, addictive even.

Drinking Vinegars

If you use honey, don’t be alarmed when it goes in as a big clump and looks as though it will never dissolve. It will. In less than a day, promise.


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Homemade Drinking Vinegars – Basil and Marionberry

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Calories: 100
Servings: 24 servings
I made two flavors at once – one berry and one basil, and I highly recommend it. Then you can have either flavor alone or a mix of both. This recipe is adapted from imbibe magazine.


  • 2 cups whole berries fresh or frozen


  • 5 ounces fresh basil Thai or regular
  • 2 cups vinegar I used Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup honey or natural cane sugar


  • Combine the berries or basil and vinegar in a lidded quart jar. Screw on the lid and shake. Let it sit for a week at room temperature, shaking at least once a day (or more if you feel like it).
  • After a week, strain out the fruit or basil with using a fine mesh strainer over a measuring pitcher. Pour vinegar back into jar and add honey or sugar; shake.
  • Refrigerate for another week, shaking once each day until the honey / sugar is fully dissolved.


To serve: Fill a glass with ice. Add 1 ounce drinking vinegar (or more to taste) and fill glass with sparkling water. Stir to combine and serve.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Megan says:

    Would agave work as a substitute for sugar or honey?

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Yes, I think it would work just fine!

  2. Jen says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for these ideas. I have a juicer and wondered if I could use either juice or juice pulp to make sipping vinegar. Any thoughts?

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Jen! Because fruit juice is perishable, you’ll want to keep it refrigerated. You could make the drinking vinegar as it is in the recipe and then add it to taste to your juice. That said, I know that others have delved into making fruit vinegar at home – here’s an example. I hope that helps!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    Should I leave the jar cracked/open during room temperature week?

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi there, Elizabeth! I keep the jar sealed during the room temperature phase.

  4. Nancy says:

    Hi there, I’m glad I found your recipes, am going shopping for the ingredients tomorrow! I would like to make this as Christmas gifts and put in glass jars and ship out of state to my family members. Have you had any experience shipping this? Thanks for your time!

    1. Marissa says:

      Hi Nancy! Such a great idea for Christmas gifts, but I don’t know about mailing it. I’d talk with your local post office for advice, thinking of the “…liquids, perishables…” questions that you always have to answer when mailing packages.

  5. Erika Kronenberg says:

    5 stars
    Wow! I love this recipe. I made blackberry/raspberry and basil. So, so yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Marissa says:

      Thanks so much, Erika! So glad you’re enjoying!! 🙂

    2. Amy says:

      I can’t wait to try this!!! Had strawberry basil at Sway in Austin TX and now I’m obsessed!!

      1. Marissa says:

        Hope you love it, Amy!