Old Fashioned Raspberry Vinegar…..

Many, many days from now, when the spiteful rain beats sharply on the window panes, the cold wind rattles all the sash windows and when someone you love has a cold, you will be so pleased that you have a bottle of this magical, pure and natural potion in your store cupboard. Raspberry Vinegar and hot water soothes a sore throat and helps a tickly cough and brings with it a loving comfort which ordinary warm drinks can not match. And in the meantime…it brings a fabulous tangy freshness and piquancy when poured over ice cream; it can be used to deglaze a pan when cooking meat and is prefect in salad dressings. Why not give it a try?

  • 2 lb (900 g) raspberries
  • 1 pint (570 ml) white wine vinegar
  • Sugar


  1. Put the raspberries into a wide-mouthed jar and crush them lightly with the back of a wooden spoon. Cover with cold vinegar.
  2. Tightly cover and leave for 7 days, shaking occasionally.
  3. Strain through muslin or through a jelly bag, squeezing out as much juice as possible.
  4. Measure the juice and transfer to a pan.
  5. Add 4 ozs(112 g) to 12 ozs (337 g) of sugar per pint of juice extracted, according to taste.
  6. Heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved and then bring to the boil.
  7. Boil for 10 minutes and pour into hot, sterilized bottles or jars and seal.

Note: You can omit any sugar if you want but this vinegar still needs to be brought to the boil for 10 minutes before final bottling.

Makes about 1½ pints (870 ml) of Raspberry Vinegar.

I usually make a batch using 6 ozs of sugar per pint of juice to use for vinaigrette, but for a cold remedy I always add a lot more sugar- usually 10 oz per pint of juice.

24 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Raspberry Vinegar…..

  1. LOVE Raspberry Vinegar… and I wonder if this is the sample principal used for Raspberry Brandy. Have never taken to Brandy but when a friend bought a bottle of Raspberry Brandy, THAT I liked, lol! 🙂

  2. It’s so wonderful that you still cook after these old recipes so that this tradition will not get lost, dear Karen. I have made a lot of marmelade in the last weeks. It came out so yummy that you would like to eat it like this with a spoon. I wish you a wonderful day and give a little kiss to your cat, Kind regards Mitza

    • Josef said thank you for the kiss! He knows how you love cats with their soft paws and lovely whiskers! My Grandma always made Raspberry Vinegar and jam. The other day I just threw some Raspberries and Blackberries in a pan and threw in some sugar. No measuring because I was just making a compote. And a setting point was reached and I had jam! I am eating it for breakfast on toast. So know exactly what you mean about your Marmalade….every mouthful is delicious I bet! x

      • My son and me we are always looking these cat videos in youtube and laugh about these beautiful animals so much. We will probably find some cats in Greece to feed and like.
        I made rhubarb-strawberry jam and blackberry-red-current-rasperry. It tastes very good with plain joghurt and some soja-vanilla-pudding. But yours sounds delicious, too.xxx

  3. I did Kerry, but it was Winter and I did not include the recipe then. My Grandma made it and used to pour it over a sweet batter pudding, as well as using it to soothe a bad throat. I love that I am making it too and using it just as she did.

  4. my raspberries are coming in right now-thank you, I will explore this:-) I love how you inspire to start using your garden plenty! Your photos are wordless inspiration:-)

    • I hope you give it a try. I forgot to mention that as a cold remedy you would also need to add honey as it is still quite sharp.
      Love photography…thank you so much for liking what I do. Means a lot 🙂

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