A few months ago, my sister sent me a bottle of this in the mail.
I like drinks like this-alcoholic and non–that are interesting. Savory. Complex.
And this stuff really is just that. Easy to prepare–you just pour a bit in a glass and top off with sparkling water. It’s really refreshing and I just love it with foods that go well with that vinegar-y taste. A bowl of broth, greens and dumplings–for instance. It’s perfect.
So I have been bummed that the bottle was running low. And is now OUT.
I have been missing my special beverage!
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But today I am mixing my very first batch of Homemade Shrub.
I’ve always enjoyed shrub cocktails–but now think that I am ready to branch out and see if this is a more affordable way to drink this type of beverage in small, fresh batches.
I am using the recipes from Imbibe Magazine. My first batch is strawberry basil.
I am trying this with Apple Cider Vinegar, though I may add a splash of balsamic, as well. I put in Sugar in the Raw, as I didn’t have any refined sugar (which is just as well, I think).
Easy Peasy. I have my fingers crossed. I just have to leave it on the counter and shake it up once a day.
Next Sunday should be time for my first drink.
I will let you know how it goes.
Ps 1: You can read about the history of shrub drinks here. I love drinking *old* things. And relish the idea of whipping up my own jars of “strawberry cordial.” Now if you will excuse me, I need to go find a dang doily to put on top of that jar…
Ps 2: If the thought of “drinking. vinegar.” just does not appeal to you–I know! I would have said the same thing. But it is so refreshing. So invigorating. So try it! You just may like it. I know that I surely do…