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