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Shrubs: Strawberries and Plums

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Shrubs are vinegar, sugar and fruit. Shrubs are delicious and easy to make.

They are delicious, they quench your thirst (the Gatoraid of the 1800s) and they add a great twist in cocktails. They are a great addition to hot summer parties and a non-alcoholic alternative.

Shrubs are more tart/acidic because of the vinegar, and that tends to scare people away. But it is surprisingly refreshing when added with the right things.

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Add any shrub to soda water and lots of ice with a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice, and you’ll see this drink disappear during your summer parties.

I highly recommend this book with tons of recipes for shrubs and shrub-based drinks: Shrubs – An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times by Michael Dietsch.

The first shrub I made was a hit. From this website.

Plum-Raspberry Shrub

20 Chopped and pitted plums

1 basket of Raspberries

2 oz Juniper Berries

2 oz Cardamom seeds

2 peeled oranges and their juices

32 oz cane sugar

750 mL Champagne vinegar

pinch of salt

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Combine the fruit with the sugar, mix well, and let macerate for a day or until the sugar dissolves and becomes liquefied, in the fridge.  Add vinegar and blend with hand blender (I just mashed everything together using a wooden spoon). Add all other ingredients, stir, and cover for a minimum of a week, better in two.

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After two weeks I strained the solids (BONUS: keep the solids in another jar and fill jar with vodka. I don’t like vodka but after soaking up the fruit leftovers for 3 days, it was delicious with some ice and soda water).

It was sooooo good I didn’t really need to add gin to it (although it’s great with gin).

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New shrubs I am currently making:

Strawberry + cane sugar + mixed peppercorns then soaked with apple cider vinegar.

Strawberry + cane sugar + pink peppercorns then soaked with apple cider vinegar.

Strawberry + cane sugar + cardamom seeds then soaked in champagne vinegar.

Strawberry + cane sugar then soaked in balsamic vinegar.

All the recipes are the same: macerate strawberries + spices with sugar in a tight jar for one day. Then add vinegar (it’s 2:1 for the fruit and vinegar except for balsamic, which is 3:1). and let sit in the fridge for a few days. Strain, and leave in fridge for a week. Then serve!!

 

 

 

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