There’s nothing wrong with bringing a bottle of wine to a friend’s house for dinner (in fact, it’s what I do most of the time). But every once in a while, I like to bring something a little more unexpected. This spring I’ve been testing out a new idea that’s been pretty well received: homemade chive blossom vinegar. It’s a high-impact, low-effort hostess gift that is perfect to use in salad dressings and sauces.
See below for the super easy recipe + directions – with only two ingredients, it’s virtually impossible to mess up!
- 1 1/2 cups champagne or white wine vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups chive blossoms, snipped right beneath the head
- Heat the vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat until just warm. Be sure you don’t let it boil; you want the warmth of the vinegar to steep the flavor and color out of the blossoms.
- Rinse the flowers in a bowl of cold water and move them around to flush out any dirt or bugs; drain the flowers into a strainer and shake off excess water.
- Stuff the pint bottle with the blooms.
- Pour enough of the warm vinegar into the jar just to cover the blossoms. Push down the blossoms that float up to the top. Help them to submerge under the vinegar. You may have extra vinegar.
- Let the vinegar cool. Place the bottle (or jar) in a dark, cool spot. The infusion benefits from steeping for 2 weeks.
- When you’re happy with the strength and color, strain it through a fine sieve and toss the spent blossoms. Pour the vinegar into your favorite (preferably glass) sterilized bottle with a stopper, and voila!
I’d love to know, what are your go-to hostess gifts?