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.
In a nonporous, sealable container, combine the strawberries, sugar, mint, and peppercorns. Let sit for about an hour at room temperature until the juices have released from the fruit, and the sugar has started to dissolve. Give it a healthy shake, and stick in the fridge overnight, up to three days, shaking it every now and then. Strain the syrup using a mesh strainer, and reserve the fruit (it’s great over pancakes).