If you have recently heard a friend talk about drinking a shrub and thought "Ummm, why would I drink a plant? Is this a new cleanse?" then you would not be alone. The first time I saw it listed in Sweet Paul Magazine I was just as confused. Turns out, a shrub is basically another word for a sugar:vinegar:juice combination that you can drink. Basically anything that allows me to preserve blood oranges in a form that I can combine with alcohol and then drink months later I am all about. Now drinking vinegar? I wasn't so sure. I will admit I'm still not sold, but it's a fun experiment nonetheless. Husband loved it, I was like "hmmmm, maybe if Peder at Marvel Bar mixed it into a cocktail for me I would like it more."
A few notes before I dive into it. Traditional shrubs are a 1:1:1 ratio - juice, vinegar and sugar. Blood orange juice is light, respectively and I don't really love vinegar, so I took Food In Jars' recommendation to cut the recipe to 3/4 cup of vinegar.
Recipe adapted from Food in Jars.
1 Cup Blood Orange Juice
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 Cup Rosé Vinegar (Yes this is a thing! The original recipe called for Apple Cider Vinegar, but I thought this would work even better, and it did!)
1. Combine all the things.
2. Put in your fridge for up to 6 months. The taste changes as time goes as you'd expect so keep experimenting!
3. Add 2 tablespoons to a glass with some seltzer water and gin and enjoy!
There's LOTS of different ways to make shrubs and of course people have opinions about it - share yours below!