Simply put, a shrub is a vinegar-infused fruit syrup, an old-time mixer for sparkly summer drinks. Tart, sweet, and acidic, a basic shrub uses one part fruit, one part sugar, and one part vinegar, but the possibilities for experimentation are endless. Try this Strawberry Balsamic Shrub cocktail. It’s like drinking summer.
- 1½ Ounce bourbon, gin, or rum
- 1 Ounce strawberry balsamic shrub
- 1 -2 ounces ginger beer
- Strawberry and mint sprig for garnish
- Crushed ice
Combine the liquor and the shrub in a cocktail shaker. (Note: I listed bourbon, gin, or rum in the ingredients; they are all great, but they make very different drinks. Feel free to experiment). Shake vigorously until chilled. Strain into a mason jar filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer, and garnish with strawberry and mint sprig.