Cool Off This Summer With Fruit Cocktails Called “Shrubs”

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Cool Off This Summer With Fruit Cocktails Called “Shrubs”

Photo by Tori Stipcak

Cool Off This Summer With Fruit Cocktails Called “Shrubs”

Photo by Tori Stipcak

Cool Off This Summer With Fruit Cocktails Called “Shrubs”
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Cool Off This Summer With Fruit Cocktails Called “Shrubs”

Photo by Tori Stipcak

Cool Off This Summer With Fruit Cocktails Called “Shrubs”
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Photography by Tori Stipcak

The beauty of a shrub drink is that it can be concocted from any seasonal fruit. Different fruits can be combined for a layering of flavoring and various vinegars can be utilized to enhance the shrub drink—but steer clear from pungent plain white vinegar. By incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients, shrubs instantly take on the taste of the season and satisfy your tastebuds.

Shrub drinks are simple to construct and the instructions are easy to remember. The ratio for the vinegar-based syrup consists of 1:1:1. The three parts include fruit, sugar, and the already mentioned vinegar.

The syrupy tart drink hits the spot on a humid summer night and is a crowd pleaser at pool parties. For a kid friendly version, add seltzer or club soda to the shrub syrup. Add Champagne or Asti for a little sparkle in the adult version of the beverage.

Below I tried two combinations of seasonal fruits for two different shrubs. The first variation consists of raspberries and blackberries with an apple cider vinegar. The second variations is made with ginger, peaches, apple cider vinegar and a splash of white balsamic vinegar.

INGREDIENTS

Ginger Peach Shrub Syrup

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1 cup of white sugar

1 cup of water

1/4 cup ginger, roughly chopped

4 peaches, sliced and halved

A teaspoon of white balsamic vinegar

1 cup of apple cider vinegar


Raspberry and Blackberry Shrub Syrup

1 cup of white sugar

1 cup of water

1 heaping cup of raspberries, halved

1 heaping cup blackberries, halved

1 cup of apple cider vinegar


Shrub Drink

Ice

Champagne or seltzer

Mint

Extra fruit for serving


INSTRUCTIONS

Shrub Syrup

1) Combine water and sugar over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and a syrup remains.

2) Add sliced fruit and let simmer for 10 minutes.

3) Stir in the vinegar(s) and let simmer for another 10 minutes.

4) Strain out the fruit by pressing the fruit mixture against the sieve and refrigerate the shrub mixture until it cools.

Shrub Drink Construction

1) Fill a cup with half full of ice.

2) Pour 3-4 tablespoons of the shrub syrup into the glass of ice.

3) Top with champagne or seltzer.

4) Add fresh fruit and mint.

I can’t wait to try apples and cinnamon this fall. Inspired to make your own shrub drink? Tell us all about your fruit combinations by tweeting @LitDarling!

Cassie Fait

Cassie Fait

Food, feminism and fashion rule Cassie's life. She wishes that she was a bottomless pit like the Gilmore Girls, so she can delight in as many foods as possible. She considers herself a truffle fry aficionado and doesn't understand why people ask whether she is vegetarian. (She likes tofu. Thank you Chipotle for being so inclusive.) She's meandering through adulthood after graduating from Ohio University. Cassie thrives on change and can't choose a hair color to save her life.
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