Shrubs are the perfect introduction into the world of preservation. When making a shrub, you’re really making an infused syrup, one that has been created with fresh seasonal ingredients, fortified with vinegar, and then aged. This last step in the process of preserving allows for the ingredients to develop their flavor and build complexity.
A shrub is a fun addition to a cocktail, but can also be paired with a sparkling water or added to any other drink you’re looking to add a fresh flavor to.
Locally Harvested Summer Rhubarb Shrub Recipe
Yields 2 cups Shrub
2 cups Rhubarb, or any other seasonal fruit
1 cup sugar
1 cup vinegar, white or apple cider
Make the Shrub |
Cut rhubarb into 1/4 inch pieces. In a small bowl combine the rhubarb and sugar, mix well.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for between 4 – 5 days. Every 12 hours stir the mixture. After the 5 day’s strain out the liquid, pressing down on the solids to extract what you can. In a lidded jar combine the rhubarb syrup with the vinegar, refrigerate. You may use this immediately, but after a week the flavors will deepen in their complexity.
Prep Time |
10 minutes + 5 days in Fridge
Sparkling Summer Rhubarb Shrub Cocktail Recipe
Yields 1 cocktail
2 ounces gin
1 ounce rhubarb shrub
¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ½ ounces club soda
Make the Cocktail |
Place gin, shrub and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into coupe glass and top with club soda.
Perfect for a summer get together or a day at the beach - make a batch recipe by combining all cocktail ingredients except club soda and keeping cool. Top each glass with club soda when serving.