Basil Vinegar

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + standing


2 cups

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Never made an herb vinegar? It's easy! Our Test Kitchen came up with a super simple recipe with just three ingredients (Plus a couple of recipe below for using it). If your family prefers tarragon instead of basil, just substitute it in the same amount called for in the recipe.


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, crushed
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • Basil sprigs, optional


  1. Place crushed basil leaves in a sterilized pint jar. Heat vinegar just until simmering; pour over basil. Cool to room temperature. Cover and let stand in a cool dark place for 24 hours; strain and discard basil.
  2. Pour into a sterilized jar or decorative bottle. Add a basil sprig if desired. Store in a cool dark place.