Shrubs are a
wonderful blend of fruit, sugar and vinegar, originally created during the
Colonial Era to preserve fruit long after harvest. The vinegar provides a
distinct tangy bite that balances perfectly with the sweetness of the fresh
fruit; similar to citrus in drinks, vinegar quenches thirst, cleanses the
palate and is very refreshing.
You can make a
basic shrub cocktail by mixing 1 part shrub with 4 parts sparkling water,
adjusting the intensity to your taste. Shrubs also pair well with a variety of
spirits; a good rule of thumb is to pair ½ ounce shrub with 1 ½ – 2 ounces of
your favorite spirit, pour over ice and splash with club soda. You can get
creative by adding other ingredients like bitters.
Co. Shrubs, available at our Wines
& Spirits locations, come in a variety of flavors, including Apple, Cranberry
with Douglas Fir, Blood-orange Cardamom, Grapefruit, Spicy Ginger and
Wildflower Honey. Use the Shrub
& Co. Spicy Ginger to make this wonderful twist on a Moscow Mule:
Spicy Ginger Moscow Mule
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce fresh lime
- ¾ ounce Shrub &
Co. Spicy Ginger
- 3-4 ounces club soda
- Pour vodka,
lime juice and shrub into a shaker, then fill with ice.
- Shake and
strain into an ice-filled mule mug. Top with club soda and stir.
- Add crushed
ice over the top of the drink. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Source: Shrub and Co.