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How to Make a Shrub Drinking Vinegar 01:55

Brian Floyd

Use this simple technique to make flavored drinking vinegars and add brightness and acidity to your favorite cocktails.

How to Make a Shrub Drinking Vinegar 01:55

Brian Floyd

Use this simple technique to make flavored drinking vinegars and add brightness and acidity to your favorite cocktails.

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The Steps

  1. 1. Add 3/4 cup of sliced strawberries and 3/4 cup of champagne vinegar to a jar. Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously. 00:02

  2. 2. Place the jar in the refrigerator for seven days, shaking it occasionally. 00:38

  3. 3. Remove the jar from the refrigerator and pour the contents through a mesh strainer into another jar. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to the jar and stir until the sugar dissolves. 01:24

  4. 4. Chef Brian recommends adding 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce of the strawberry shrub drinks like lemonade, pimm’s cups, or gimlets to add brightness and acidity. 01:31

What You'll Need

Equipment

- Jar or container with lid (2)
- Mesh strainer

Ingredients

- Champagne vinegar (3/4 cup)
- Strawberries, sliced (3/4 cup)
- Sugar (1/2 cup)

Chef Notes

A shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup commonly used to flavor cocktails. Shrubs are also called drinking vinegars and are often infused with fresh fruit, herbs, and spices. 

Shrubs date back to 15th century England when the drink gained popularity among smugglers wanting to avoid paying import taxes on spirits shipped from mainland Europe. The smugglers would sink barrels of alcohol into the ocean and retrieve them later. This resulted in alcohol that was often spoiled by saltwater. To mask the briny, ocean flavors, they added fruit flavored shrubs. 

Chef Brian recommends adding this strawberry shrub to a pimm’s cup. To learn how to make a pimm’s cup, visit Neal Bodenheimer’s “The Pimm’s Cup” tutorial located at the bottom of the page. 

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Chef Brian Floyd

Austin

Brian Floyd is a bartender at Austin's craft cocktail bar, Weather Up. Weather Up has been named one of the "10 Best Bars in ... read more