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Make Your Own: Sipping Vinegar

Drinking Vinegars are not only delicious, but an excellent way of getting herbs into your diet. Like alcohol and water, vinegars are also a perfect way to extract herbs. Apple Cider Vinegar can be beneficial in many ways to the body, whether its used internally or externally, as an aid for digestion, upset GI, blood sugar regulation and healthy skin to list a few. 

A sipping, drinking vinegar, traditionally named an oxymel or shrub, can be added to any beverage, or just enjoyed on its own. It is a combination of vinegar, honey and herbs. You can get creative with your blends. For the holidays, I have created a yummy Mulling Spice Sipping Vinegar with our Open Heart Mulling Spice blend. Add a little Apple Cider to this yummy blend, or your favorite liquor, and your taste buds will be delighted. 

Watch me live on KGW8 with Cassidy Quinn on November 27th at 5pm, for a live clip from The Herb Shoppe for this month’s product making tip!

See below to Make Your Own Sipping Vinegar!

Make Your Own: Sipping Vinegar

Ingredients and equipment needed:

  1. 2 oz Open Heart Mulling Spice
  2. 2 Large Apples
  3. 2 Large Oranges
  4. 40 oz Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. 20 oz Local Honey
  6. Large Stainless Steel Pot
  7. ½ gallon jar
  8. Cheese Cloth
  9. Strainer

Instructions: For this vinegar blend we will add heat. You may also let it sit for 30 days strain and then add honey as an option.

Step 1: Add herbs and fruit to vinegar to a large pot. 

Step 2: Bring to a boil for a few minutes and then reduce heat for about 1 hour. 

Step 3: After reducing heat for 1 hour, pull off the stove and let cool to at least room temperature.

Step 4: Strain all plant and fruit matter from the vinegar infusion.

Step 5: Heat back up to a low temperature and add honey until its all dissolved into vinegar.

Step 6: Once the honey has dissolved then let cool to room temperature. 

Step 7: Add to your favorite beverage or sip on by itself for a zesty treat. 

We take great pleasure in creating products and recipes for you. However, if you are interested in going more in depth to make all your own herbal products get signed up for THS Make Your Own: Herbal Product Series, Beginning in Feb 2019. In this 4 month, hands-on, program, we will dive into making an assortment of products for your hair, skin, body and home. Space is limited. Secure your spot today!

To set up an herbal consultation with me email: info@theherbshoppepharmacy.com


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Amanda Furbee

Amanda’s interest in herbalism began at an early age but it wouldn’t be until 2010, when she moved to the Pacific Northwest, that her relationship with medicinal plants blossomed. The move from the east coast to the west coast would be more than a change of scenery, it brought her closer towards the wonderful world of herbalism. Ambitious to start learning she found a golden opportunity working at Portland’s first all organic herbal supplier, The Herb Shoppe. Her experience was even more fulfilling than she had hoped for, feeling invigorated Amanda knew this was a step in the right direction. 

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