How to Make Drinking Shrubs from Your Edible Garden

by Corinne Mossati

An ancient way of preserving produce, learn how to make shrubs or drinking vinegars. Here’s how to get you started.

Rose Geranium and Strawberry Shrubs

Rose Geranium and Strawberry Shrub – Photo © The Gourmantic Garden

What is a Shrub

Shrubs, or drinking vinegars are an ancient way of preserving fruit by making beverages made of fruit, sugar and vinegar often with an aromatic element such as a herb or spice.

There are so many combinations that you could make using produce from your garden whether it’s a fruit such as blueberries or a vegetable such as beetroot. The drinking vinegars can be used in cocktails as well as non-alcoholic drinks.

Unlike syrups, shrubs have a longer shelf life and can last in the fridge for up to one year though some claim they can last indefinitely. I find they’re at their optimum after they have “aged” for at least a couple of weeks in the fridge and used within the first six months. You can learn more about drinking vinegars in this Cocktails & Bars article.

Want to Know More about Shrubs?

You’ll find more information on how to make shrubs and use them in cocktails in my 260+ page digital book GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN available now.


Updated 26 June 2023


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