I hope you will agree with me when I say:
Shrub cocktails are complicated to create but super refreshing to drink.
Need something refreshing to beat the scorching heat of summers? Well, shrub cocktails are the perfect drinks that will definitely leave you feeling refreshed.
The drink contains a fruity flavor combined with vinegar and sugar. Shrub cocktails are a combination of shrubs mixed with cocktails.
The shrub can be enjoyed on its own with sparkling water, or it can be mixed with cocktails, mocktails, and so much more. There is no limit for combinations, and you can experiment with it the way you like.
Using Shrubs in cocktails is a great way of enjoying the shrubs, but that is not the only way.
How to use shrub a mix? You can make a shrub vodka cocktail, whiskey shrub cocktail, or you can also combine it with gin to make a gin shrub cocktail. Shrubs can be included in wine and beer too. If you don’t enjoy an alcoholic drink, then you can mix the shrub syrup with sprinkling water or soda water to enjoy a refreshing drink anytime during the day.
If you are someone who hates consuming too much sugar-free shrub, recipes are available on the internet for you.
Blackberry Shrub Cocktail Recipe
Recipe (Preparation time – 10 mins)
Turn ripe berries into tangy blackberry shrub with this simple recipe. Makes 1 drink.
- 4 cups blackberries
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- Take a large jar or vessel with an airtight lid, add blackberries and sugar.
- Mash well the blackberries using a wooden spoon and allow the fermentation process for the next two days. You can place the jar in the fridge or set it in a cool, dry place in the room.
- Keep checking and swirling the fruit at intervals until sugar completely dissolves.
- After two days, add vinegar to your fruit mixture, shake and swirl until everything is well combined, and place it back in its place for the next 5-10 days.
- For the next 5 days, keep checking the mixture every day and give everything a good stir. Once you’ve reached the 5-day mark, start tasting the mixture. If the vinegar and sweetness have melded and mellowed to your liking, use a mesh strainer to obtain the syrup and discard the berries. Pour the strained syrup into a clean airtight bottle or jar.
- If after the 5th day the mixture does not taste to your liking, leave it for another day and try the next day again.
- Shrub recipes for winter are no different. You can make shrub using the hot method (involving heat). Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves, then let the mixture cool down. When it is cooled, add the mixture to a blender and blend, then add vinegar.
- Pour the syrup into a clean bottle and store it in the fridge.
There are different shrub recipes for winter as strawberries, for example, turn bitter on heat, so it is better to warm them up using a little heat and then add the strawberries in a jar with sugar and place the jar in a warm place where the fermentation process can take place.
The shrub can be stored in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Blackberry Shrub Cocktail (Preparation time – 5 mins)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces blackberry shrub
- 4 ounces sparkling water
- 2 large mint leaves, plus more for garnishing
Fill up a glass with ice. Crush two mint leaves and add them to the glass. Let them sit down at the bottom. Pour in the shrub and vodka, top it off with sparkling water. Stir gently and garnish it with mint leaves.
This blackberry shrub cocktail recipe also includes mint leaves; you can skip them if you don’t enjoy mint in your cocktails.