What is a Shrub? The American version of the shrub has its origins in 17th century England where vinegar was used as an alternative to citrus juices in the preservation of berries and other fruits for the off-season. By the 19th century, typical American recipes for shrubs used vinegar poured over fruit—traditionally berries—which was left to infuse anywhere for several days; afterwards, the fruit would be strained out and the remaining liquid would be mixed with a sweetener such as sugar. The sweet-and-sour syrup could be mixed with either water or soda water and served as a soft drink, or as a mixer in alcoholic cocktails.
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What drinks can you make with a shrub? This is one of the questions we get the most: you can make almost any kind of drink with a shrub. Sweet, sour, tangy, refreshing, bubbly. With or without alcohol. Just combine 1oz of your favorite shrub with soda, a liquor, or follow one of our recipes. If you come up with an awesome recipe, share it with us! Try one of our favorite recipes below:
Horball's Mint Julep
We just had to add the cucumber version of our mint julep – it is hot outside and this drink is the most refreshing cocktail in the world. For real.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, go ahead and muddle some mint and simple syrup. Then combine the Bourbon and Horball’s, pack that glass with crushed ice in a julep tin or a rocks glass, and stir WELL until that glass is frosty. Enjoy, rinse, repeat as needed!
(As always, drink responsibly!)
Ingredients: cucumbers, sugar, distilled vinegar, mint.