A shrub is a flavorful fruit-infused “drinking vinegar” to use in cocktails, mocktails, vinaigrettes and sauces! A beautiful way to preserve summer’s bounty- plus they make a great hostess gift!
Hey friends! What to try your hand at making a shrub? This one is infused with fresh juicy summer plums and shiso leaves- a marriage made in heaven!
Of course, you can always sub other summer fruit and other herbs, simply use this as a basic guide for your own creations. Here is another one, made with Rhubarb! We’re so excited to see what you create.
What is a shrub?
A shrub is in essence a drinking vinegar, one that has been infused with fruit (typically) and sweetened, that can be added to cocktails, or mocktails (with mineral water) or dressings and vinaigrettes. It’s a great way to preserve summer flavors all the way into winter.
How to make a shrub (in a nutshell):
Making a shrub takes about 10 minutes of hands-on time and 24 hours of “mother nature” time, and in the end, you’ll have a beautiful infused drinking vinegar that will keep for many months, bringing a little sunshine into the colder months!
- Macerate fruit with sugar for 24 hours.
- Strain and combine with vinegar. (Feel free to infuse vinegar with herbs for 24 hours beforehand for added flavor)
- Place in a clear jar or bottle.
- Shelf-stable for 3 months, or 6 months refrigerated.
FYI, These also make beautiful hostess gifts that will keep all the way until Christmas!
Today we are using juicy summer plums, but almost any fruit will work! Even Rhubarb!
You’ll need 4-5 plums, or roughly 1-2 cups of fruit.
Mash the whole plums, seeds and all with the sugar in a jar, and leave to rest 24 hours.
If infusing the vinegar with herbs- combine the vinegar and the herbs in a separate jar- in this case, vinegar and shiso leaves.
Play around with different kinds of vinegar as well.
Let the macerated fruit and infused vinegar sit for 24 hours on the counter.
Then simply strain and combine.
Mash the flavorful plum juices through the strainer.
Look at this glorious color!!!
Then combine to taste.
Place in a clean jar or bottle.
A shrub will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months or is shelf-stable at room temperature up to 3 months.
Ways to use a shrub:
- Add to cocktails- like gin and tonics, margaritas, even Sangria!
- Add to champagne
- Add to sparkling soda or mineral water
- Add to lemonade
- Add to Dressings!
Delicious Shrub Combinations:
- Peach-Ginger Shrub
- Strawberry Rhubarb with Mint
- Pineapple Shrub with cilantro and jalapeno
- Mango Lemongrass
- Raspberry Mint Shrub
- Blueberry Basil Shrub
- Blackberry Peppercorn
Such a beautiful way to celebrate summer produce!
Give it a try and show us how you adapt this recipe!
It’s a good base recipe for your own creations.
And just imagine how thrilled you’ll be this winter when you pull this bottle of sunshine out!