Infusing Vinegars; the first batches

Last night I decanted a fresh fire cider and realized that I need to share my progress with you. I’m not a vinegar expert by any means, but I have been learning something with each infusion and decant.

So this post shares the first batches of vinegars that I started infusing after learning about fire cider in the first place. There are few photos because I didn’t have good lighting, and I’m not going to waste time over-processing photos that were inadequately lit in the first place. Today’s vinegars are one classic fire cider, and a green shrub cider for drinking with bourbon.

The Jupiter House is fond of these infused vinegars because they are a tasty kick in the tastebuds! I like to take a shot of fire cider while I cook dinner, or after a meal and topped off with bourbon. It’s warming, unique, and very easy to make combinations to suit your tastes. I hope you can draw some inspiration from my adventures here.

This post is all about the first vinegar batches I made after learning about fire ciders and a healthy tonic. It's a flavorful adventure that reminds my tastebuds that they are alive! #fireciders #infusedvinegar #healthytonic #yum

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If this is wholly new to you, check out my first post about fire ciders here: Infusing Vinegar.

So after learning about fire ciders initially, then buying more peppers, I finally got to chopping and assembling our first batches. I made

  • Classic fire cider (garlic, ginger, peppers, citrus, onion, turmeric)
  • Green shrub cider (green peppers, basil, cloves)
  • Detox drink inspired – no photos (cayenne, apple, lemon, peppercorns)

This post is all about the first vinegar batches I made after learning about fire ciders and a healthy tonic. It's a flavorful adventure that reminds my tastebuds that they are alive! #fireciders #infusedvinegar #healthytonic #yum

I learned that pretty cuts are generally useless – or they create nice pockets for air bubbles. We don’t want air bubbles; we want our food bits to soak in an anaerobic environment. So it’s pretty, but that’s about it.

I also learned that apple chunks get soft while soaking. Kind of obvious, but for an apple turning soft is to become mushy and look scary (probably why I forgot to take photos). I have not tried apples again to date, and honestly won’t because they’re so sweet and I’m not trying to ferment the apple cider vinegar.

Lastly, I learned that these are fun to share with friends – especially the less-spicy green shrub that I made to be served with bourbon or rye. This green shrub cider was really good and definitely packed a punch. I used as many green things as I could -like serranos, basil, and lime- while omitting strong flavors -like garlic- that might overpower the basil. This one was emptied first and I need to make another.

This post is all about the first vinegar batches I made after learning about fire ciders and a healthy tonic. It's a flavorful adventure that reminds my tastebuds that they are alive! #fireciders #infusedvinegar #healthytonic #yum

From these first batches I only retained one recipe – the fire cider that we cracked open after ten days because sometimes I have no patience.

Lady Jupiter’s First Fire Cider

In a large wide-mouth jar place the following ingredients

  1. Crushed garlic, 2-3 cloves
  2. Minced ginger, 1-2 inches
  3. 1Tbsp ground turmeric, peppercorns
  4. 1/2 white onion, sliced
  5. Two serrano peppers, sliced lengthwise
  6. Three red chili peppers, sliced lengthwise
  7. One orange
  8. Half lemon
  9. Half pomelo

Fill jar with organic apple cider vinegar, then seal lid tightly and place in a cool area to rest and infuse for at least 10 days – three weeks is a typical minimum.


This is part of a budding series about vinegar. Here’s the first post!


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This post is all about the first vinegar batches I made after learning about fire ciders and a healthy tonic. It's a flavorful adventure that reminds my tastebuds that they are alive! #fireciders #infusedvinegar #healthytonic #yum This post is all about the first vinegar batches I made after learning about fire ciders and a healthy tonic. It's a flavorful adventure that reminds my tastebuds that they are alive! #fireciders #infusedvinegar #healthytonic #yum

Author: Tracey

Tracey has a bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She loves editing, riding bikes, and cooking for her family.

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