Strawberry Shrub

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

 

The second you whip out a jar of this strawberry shrub to add to sparkling water or a mixed drink people will be immediately intrigued.

You will begin by explaining what a shrub is because someone will be curious and want to know more.

A shrub? What’s a shrub?

 

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

A shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup used for cocktails & mocktails. It’s sweet and tangy and makes an excellent mixer.

Chances are they want to try it. (If they don’t, they’re not your people).

Do they want to try it alone?

Do they want to try it with sparkling water?

Do they want to mix it in a cocktail or stir it into some kombucha?

Offer these choices only if you have them.

Make a friend.

Share a shrub.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Tell them how easy it is! Or don’t… it tastes so good, people will think you’re a kitchen whiz.

Make sure to take all the credit.

 

Gather the ingredients. 3 total!

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

 

Puree!  Then add vinegar.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. We’re letting the flavors develop.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Strain.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

No solids.

This shrub is a little thicker and more syrupy than most shrubs. It tastes so good I wanted to drink it on its own. The tang of the vinegar makes me so happy.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Cook. Add sugar. Find a heart in the process.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hello, goodness. Let’s work with you.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pour some into cups.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Add bubbly water. I used a lemon flavored one!

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

 

Garnish because we’re fancy.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

If you’re laying off alcohol or you’re pregnant or know someone who is, this is a REAL TREAT.

If you're looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix this Strawberry Shrub with sparkling water! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Add a scoop of ice cream while you’re at it!  Live a little!

 

Strawberry Shrub

makes about 2 cups

recipe slightly adapted from Real Simple

  • 1 1/2 lb. strawberries (about 3 pts), trimmed and hulled
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar, or to taste

Puree strawberries in blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in vinegar. Chill, covered for about 12 hours.

Pour mixture in a fine mesh strainer, and let drain, gently stirring frequently and pressing without forcing too much pulp through strainer.  Discard pulp.

Transfer juice to a 2 quart heavy nonreactive saucepan and stir in one cup sugar, then cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Cool syrup 30 minutes. Shrub lasts in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

 

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  • Ashley

    Such a well timed post! I’m really trying to get out of the habit of drinking every night (why is wine so goooooood?!), and having something like this in the fridge to add to my La Croix would be such a good alternative! We have tons of blueberries, marionberries, and boysenberries, so may need to experiment with flavors too!

    • Ashley

      ALSO, I just purchased this fermented sugar cane vinegar that was recommended on Food52, and I think this is the perfect place to try it out. 🙂

    • Tracy

      yes yes!!

    • Ashley

      Just back to add that I made this with marionberries and Datu Puti Cane Vinegar and it is FANTASTIC! I’ve been drinking it with club soda, but need to add some lime too and try that.

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  • Priya

    I am imagining that it would be great frozen and made into little lollies or like a granita type thing. Salivating at the thought!

  • India

    My local coffee shop sells shrubs and I had no idea they were so easy to make. Thanks for demystifying it for all of us. I’m pregnant and making this ASAP.

  • Melissa

    Hi Tracy!
    Does the type of vinegar matter? Is it possible to use apple cider vinegar?

    Love your blog lots

  • Suzy Biddiscombe

    I just discovered shrubs and I’m addicted! I love trying out new combinations^_^ I use Apple Cider Vinegar for the add health benefits. Trader Joe’s has a pomegranate vinegar that I want to make a shrub with.

  • kristin

    holy moly, this sounds so good!! i’d love to try with raspberries!

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