Strawberry Shrub

What's a shrub? A shrub is a fruity flavored vinegar that is sweetened and can be used in cocktails or added to carbonated water. It's the perfect summertime thirst quencher! We make it by the half-gallon when strawberries are in peak season and enjoy it all summer long.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup organic strawberries* or other fruit, washed and quartered or lightly crushed
1 cup sugar
1 cup red wine vinegar
 
METHOD:

Place berries or fruit in a large mason jar. Cover with sugar and stir.

Place plastic lid on the jar and store in the refrigerator until juice exudes from fruit and starts to combine with sugar to form syrup. Maceration may take a few hours or it may need a day or so. Turn the jar several times to combine fruit and sugar.

Add red vinegar to the jar and shake gently to combine. Store in refrigerator. There may be some residual sugar at the bottom (which is okay). Shake and invert jar several times each day to combine sugar over the next week.

Strain spent fruit from syrup.** Pour syrup through a funnel into a clean bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator.

To serve, add a few tablespoons to an ice-filled glass and fill with carbonated water. Add a splash to green iced tea for added flavor or use in vodka cocktails.

NOTES:

* I use P&K Farm's organic strawberries exclusively in all of my products. The berry flavor is incredible and strawberries have a high brix (natural sweetness). Use the best tasting berries you can find.

** I often add another batch of berries to some of my older shrub — along with equal parts of vinegar and sugar. This intensifies the flavor of the shrub syrup. I keep the shrub in a half-gallon mason jar and add to it all summer long.