A popular Colonial drink made with fruit and vinegar with added sweetener to quench one’s thirst
Cold Brew Method (takes 4 weeks)
1 cup of berries
Herbs to flavor or for medicinal support
4 cups of vinegar
Place fruit and herbs in a quart jar, cover with vinegar and let steep for 4 to 6 weeks. Then, strain out the fruit and herbs and place liquid in a saucepan. Add sweetener of choice (sugar, honey, or maple syrup) and heat slightly until the sweetener is dissolved and fully incorporated into the liquid. Chill and dilute with water or sparkling water when ready to serve.
Hot Process Method (ready in a few hours)
1 cup berries
Herbs for flavor or medicinal support
1 cup water
sweetener of choice (about 1/3 to ½ cup sugar, honey, maple syrup)
½ to ¾ cup vinegar
Place berries, water, and sweetener in saucepan and cook on medium heat stirring frequently and crushing berries as it warms. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until you begin to pull the color and flavor from the berries. Turn of heat and cool completely. Strain off any berry and herb solids, then add the vinegar. Stir this mixture together and then bottle and refrigerate and it is ready to serve.