Tarragon Vinegar

Make tarragon vinegar with this fresh herb! It’s fast and easy to infuse subtle herby flavor, great for salad dressings and roasted vegetables.

Tarragon vinegar

Got extra fresh tarragon on hand? Let’s make tarragon vinegar! Tarragon vinegar is the perfect way to bottle up the licorice-like flavor in this beautiful green herb. It makes a herby flavored vinegar that’s perfect for using in salad dressings or sprinkling onto roasted veggies. It also makes a great DIY gift for people who love to cook! Here’s how to make tarragon vinegar at home, and how to use it.

What is tarragon vinegar?

Tarragon vinegar is white vinegar that’s infused with fresh tarragon. What does it taste like? Tarragon has a licorice or anise flavor, so the infused vinegar tastes bright and tangy, with a subtle licorice finish. Take one sip and you’ll be amazed at the unique flavor that the tarragon adds! (We were.) It’s a great way to use up fresh tarragon that you have on hand.

How to make tarragon vinegar

How to make tarragon vinegar

Tarragon vinegar is very easy to make: the hands-on time is about 5 minutes! Once you’ve infused the herb into the vinegar, you’ll need to wait over a week for the flavor to develop. That’s really the hardest part of this recipe! Here are a few tips for making it:

  • Find a nice bottle with a stopper (optional). Tarragon vinegar looks beautiful in a glass bottle, especially if you plan to gift it. If you don’t care about aesthetics, use a covered mason jar or other glass container.
  • Bring the vinegar to a boil with the herbs. Once it’s just boiling, remove it from the heat.
  • Use a funnel to pour it into the bottle. Trust us on this. You don’t want spillage!
  • Wait 10 days. It takes 10 days for the flavor to fully develop. You can certainly taste before then and see if you like the flavor!
Tarragon vinegar
Within a minute or so, the bright green color dulls. Replace with fresh herbs after 10 days if you like!

Replace with fresh herbs for a bright green color (optional)

Here’s the thing. Once you pour boiling vinegar onto the tarragon, it turns a muddy green color. So after the 10 days, you can replace it to get a beautifully bright green color. This is only if you’d like, and it’s especially nice for gifts. If not, you can leave the existing tarragon in the jar, or discard it. Either way! Store in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.

It’s a great DIY gift!

Make this as a DIY gift for people who love to cook! It’s a unique gift idea. You could also include some recipes for what to do with it. Speaking of…

Tarragon vinegar

Ways to use tarragon vinegar

There are lots of ways to use tarragon vinegar! Probably the easiest is in salad dressings, but you can also use it for roasted or sauteed veggies. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

What other ways have you used tarragon vinegar? Let us know in the comments below.

Tarragon vinegar

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Tarragon vinegar

Tarragon Vinegar (DIY Tutorial!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Make tarragon vinegar with this fresh herb! It’s fast and easy to infuse subtle herby flavor, great for salad dressings and roasted vegetables.


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Ingredients

  • 6 tarragon sprigs, plus additional if desired (see below)
  • 2 cups white vinegar

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the tarragon and a glass bottle. Place the 6 sprigs of tarragon in the bottle.
  2. In a sauce pan, bring the vinegar to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and pour the vinegar into the bottle using a funnel.
  3. Cool to room temperature, then store in refrigerator or pantry for 10 days to allow the flavor to develop.
  4. After the 10 days, you can replace the tarragon with new fresh tarragon so it’s bright green, or leave the existing herbs. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Tarragon vinegar, How to make tarragon vinegar

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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