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Red Wine Vinegar Substitute

If you have cider vinegar and red wine, you can make a red wine vinegar substitute with ease.

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This past weekend I was preparing to make my Guinness Braised Beef recipe for a dinner in with friends, and when I was half way done prepping, I realized that I didn’t have any red wine vinegar.  Ugh.  I will often substitute red wine vinegar with white wine vinegar, as I find the flavours quite similar, but I didn’t have white wine vinegar either (clearly I need to grocery shop).  I didn’t have time at that moment to run to the store to buy more, so I needed a quick fix.  After some quick research I discovered that you can in fact make your own red wine vinegar substitute right at home.

Red Wine Vinegar Substitute {A Pretty Life}

Yes.  If you have cider vinegar and red wine, you can make a red wine vinegar substitute with ease.  And after a lot of reading, I also discovered that if it’s just flavour you need, you can substitute the red wine vinegar with only red wine.  But if you require the acidity of the vinegar as an emulsifier, like in salad dressings, this cider vinegar/red wine substitution works great!




Red Wine Vinegar Substitute


This recipe makes a nice substitute for red wine vinegar. Yield is 4 tbsp.



  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine


  1. Mix together the cider vinegar and red wine, and proceed with your recipe.


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  • Reply
    March 11, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    Great tip, thanks!

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    March 11, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Who knew? Thanks for the tip!

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    Julia Byrd
    April 29, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    dry red wine or sweet?

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    February 13, 2018 at 10:36 PM

    Last minute sub worked great! Thanks!

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    Carol Kalan
    February 28, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Thank you. I am in a rental condo on the Gulf and leaving here in two weeks and I really don’t need another pantry item to fnd a home for!

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    May 21, 2019 at 9:25 PM

    Hi. Can i use cooking wine?

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    May 24, 2020 at 2:48 PM

    The questions I was interested I did not get answered
    Whst if you dont drink, i have no wine on my house except white wine vinegar, now whst

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      May 24, 2020 at 10:30 PM

      Hi Jill, if you have white wine vinegar, I would just use that.

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