It ain’t summer til you’ve had a shrub! Cherry Balsamic Shrub Syrup

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So we have been talking vinegar this week.  Its all the rage in foodie circles – pickled that – pickled this. But have you heard about this southern vinegar-based recipe – A Shrub.

A Shrub (Drink) – from Wiki

“A shrub is a cocktail or soft drink that was popular during America’s colonial era, made by mixing drinking vinegar syrup with spirits, water, or carbonated water.[1][4][5] The name also is applied to the sweetened vinegar-based syrup, also known as drinking vinegar, from which the latter drink is made.[3][6][7] Drinking vinegar is infused with fruit juice (and at times herbs and spices) for use in mixed drinks.”

For fans of sweet and sour this is an amazing and refreshing cocktail. This recipe for Cherry Balsamic Shrub syrup can be mixed with plain seltzer OR with your favorite alcohol. I am thinking seltzer and vodka for me!

The syrup should be stored in the refrigerator. Give it a try and let us know if you have tried other flavors of shrubs.  I think this calls for a SHRUB tasting on our next show!

Cherry Balsamic Shrub recipe from Reclaiming Provincial