Making your own homemade flavored vinegars to give as gifts is a great idea! It's inexpensive, easy to do and can look very impressive with the right bottle. Plus, you can customize the flavors to make a vinegar that is not easy to find, making your gift truly unique.
Bring the white wine vinegar to 190ºF (just below the boiling point) in a medium saucepan.
Wash the fresh sage very well. Swish it around in a solution of 1 teaspoon bleach to 6 cups cold water, rinse with fresh cold water and then dry very well with clean paper towel. Place the sage in a sanitized non-reactive 1-quart jar or container.
Use a peeler or knife to remove the peel of the lemon, trying to get as little of the white pith as possible. Place the lemon peel in the container or jar with the sage.
Pour the warm vinegar over the lemon and sage. Let the mixture come to room temperature before covering with a lid. Store in a cool dark place for 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks, strain the vinegar though a fine strainer or a piece of cheesecloth. Transfer the strained vinegar to sanitized decorative bottles. If desired, add a fresh sprig of sage and some fresh lemon peel.
Tie a label on the bottle and give away to friends and family, or keep for yourself.
Enjoy this vinegar on vegetables, in a salad or as an ingredient in dips or spreads.
Lemon Sage White Wine Vinegar
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 1Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Total Carbohydrates 1g0%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.