From THINK Magazine: Shrubs are the result of preserving fruit, vegetable or herbs in vinegar, then sweetening the mixture with sugar. A shrub lends acidity and sweetness simultaneously balancing a cocktail. Shrubs, aka drinking vinegars, are a source of acid, a refreshing change of pace from the usual lime or lemon in your cocktail recipe.
The method of storing fruit in vinegar originated in 17th century England as a way to extend the summer season and make use of overripe produce. Shrubs can be made one of two ways resulting in a zesty piquant concentrate that is the essence of the fruit, vegetable or herb.
- Cover ripe fruit in vinegar, steep at room temperature for up to two weeks.
- Drain off the vinegar and strain the fruit so the juice and a little of the pulp come through. Add sugar.
- Macerate the fruit in sugar to create a syrup. Mix with an equal measure of vinegar.
Shrub Cocktails are the rage, try the at Stache 1920’s Drinking Den in the Downtown Himmarshee Entertainment District, Sweet Nectar Charcoal Grill & Cocktails on Las Olas or The Rebel House in Boca Raton.
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Renée Korbel Quinn | Mixology & Lifestyle Editor
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