Do you have a recipe calling for champagne vinegar? There’s no need to go out and buy a bottle. Use these simple Champagne Vinegar Substitutes instead.
Best Champagne Vinegar Substitutes
(in order of preference)
1. White Wine Vinegar
While white wine vinegar tends to be slightly less sweet and more acidic when you taste them side by side, it’s rare that you’d notice a difference once it’s combined with other ingredients even in a simple vinaigrette.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
The flavour of apple cider vinegar is slightly more fruity than champagne vinegar. But in a finished dish it’s unlikely you’ll notice.
3. Sherry Vinegar
My favourite vinegar! The colour of sherry vinegar is more brown than the pale straw of champagne vinegar. And the flavour tends to be slightly harder and more acidic. So you may find you’ll need a little less sherry vinegar to match the acid of champagne vinegar.
4. Rice Wine Vinegar
Also called ‘rice vinegar’ this has a similar, pleasing acidity to champagne vinegar. It’s available in the Asian foods section of my local supermarket.
5. Red Wine Vinegar
If you don’t have any of the above vinegars, red wine vinegar will work. You’ll have the different colour and a slightly stonger flavour but it won’t be the end of the world.
6. Lemon / Lime Juice
Citrus juices rely on citric acid whereas all the wine vinegars mentioned above are acetic acid based. This means citrus juice has a completely different flavour profile.
But if you don’t have any vinegar in the house, a squeeze of lemon or lime will provide freshness and bring the other flavours of your dish to life in a similar way to vinegar. You may even enjoy the flavour differences!
More Tips for Cooking with Vinegar
- The Best Vinegar to Use in Cooking
- How to Make Wine Vinegar
- A Beginners Guide to the Art of Seasoning
More Ingredient Substitutes
- The Ultimate Guide to Vegetable Substitutes
- Collard Greens
- Miso Paste
- Oyster Sauce
Also see see the Simple Ingredients Substitutes Index.
Have fun in the kitchen!