MIXERS & ELIXIRS, Shrubs, 355ml
A shrub is essentially fruit or vegetable juice mixed with vinegar – a natural preservative – and left to ferment for a couple weeks. The result is a concentrate that should be mixed with water and enjoyed on its own, or with soda water, gin, vodka, campari, prosecco or any other spirit that tickles your fancy.
“Shrubs are definitely wonderful to serve with soda water as an alcohol alternative,” said founder Heidi Kuhn, while sipping a campari with nectarine shrub. “The vinegar has a bit of a bite so you feel kind of satiated, but I like putting it with alcohol because I think it works well with that too.”
Shrubs have roots in England and they made their way to America as a thirst quenching beverage for farm workers and seamen, but the drinks popularity took a dive in the era of Coca Cola.
Recently drinking vinegars have made a comeback as a digestive aid and an alternative beverage.