I used to make these for holiday gifts, and I haven’t in years. It’s basic and pretty – AND it tastes amazing.
Begin with a fun bottle that you have a top for. If you don’t have a top, corks are available in different sizes from home brew stores as well as some craft shops. Sterilize bottles in whatever method you prefer.
The fun part is picking your herbs (washed of course) and combining flavors to make your own special blend. Try adding
lemon, fennel seeds, garlic, dried hot peppers, any spice that needs grinding (but don’t grind it) like cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves, even cinnamon would work, if you’re drawn to that. Add a flower like nasturtium for color and slight spiciness.
Arrange your herbs, spices, seeds in the bottle with a bamboo skewer.
Heat plain distilled vinegar (or wine vinegar) in a saucepan, but be sure not to boil it. Somewhere around 80 degrees works.
Pour the heated vinegar into bottle with the help of a funnel or a ladle with a pouring spout.
Cap the bottle and set it into a sunny window for a couple of weeks, turning a bit each day.
To present your garden gift, strain the vinegar to remove herbs and replace with a fresh sprig, adorn with a ribbon and any cook in your life will be pleased to receive your classy home-grown gift.