A recipe that I discovered last summer that I wanted to share is for sipping vinegars, or "shrubs".
2 cups of fresh/frozen fruits and fresh/dry herbs mixed with 2 cups vinegar (I used ACV)
Let stand for 1 week in a mason jar or other container, shake daily
Strain out fruit and herbs with cheese cloth
Add 1.5 cups sugar to vinegar mixture
Shake vigorously and repeatedly until sugar is completely dissolved
Store in the fridge for as long as it lasts.
I just finished off my blueberry-thyme shrub the other day, so that was almost a year it lasted. The strawberry-basil is still going strong. It turned out much sweeter than I like and was not as herby as I would have preferred. Oh, so much more basil next time!
To drink, just add to some club soda on ice to your taste and enjoy. Makes for a surprisingly refreshing beverage in the summer! Also mixes in cocktails but I never liked the way those turned out. You can get super creative with the fruit/herb combinations and it's easy and inexpensive to make. Makes me feel a lot better about taking a risk when trying something different. My next attempt will be apple-ginger-rhubard. We'll see how that goes!
Here is the page that led me to this delicious discovery: http://imbibemagazin...inegars</span>/