Similar to kombucha, a shrub is fermented but it’s made from vinegar while kombucha is made from tea. It’s good for your digestive health and is a great alternative or addition to a fancy cocktail. Plus, it’s been around since the 1900s as a method for preserving fruit- how zero waste is that? Shrubs are a great mix of sweet and tart and making your own will help reduce waste if you’re currently buying kombucha.

Shrubs are super easy to make and you likely already have all the ingredients on hand. Here’s how you make a vinegar shrub.

Blueberry, Ginger, Rosemary Shrub Recipe:

*You can use whatever fruits and herbs you have on hand. Whatever flavor you’re craving can be done with a 1:1:1 ratio of fruit, sugar, vinegar.

Step 1: Add blueberries, chopped ginger, and crushed rosemary about half way up your jar. (about 1 lb of fruit)

Step 2: Add 1 cup sugar and slightly mash/mix into your fruit mixture (sugar is needed for the fermentation process, this is what feeds your bacteria and makes your shrub fizzy. Don’t leave out or skimp on the sugar.)

Step 3: Add 2 cups apple cider vinegar making sure it is a live vinegar with the mother, Braggs is a great option. (You can play around with different kinds of vinegar here, so 1/2 ACV and 1/2 white vinegar to try different flavor differences. Just make sure you have at least a bit of live vinegar with the mother.)

Step 4: Stir and cover with a dishtowel and let it sit in a dark place at least 2 days. The shrub mellow and changes with more time fermenting.

To enjoy: fill a glass with ice, splash in the shrub and top with sparkling water for a great ‘refresher’. (Don’t add too much shrub, just a splash is great or your stomach can get bubbly with vinegar.)

If you’d like a constant brew going continuously add fruits and ACV. You’ll see a layer of bacteria (good bacteria) growing on the top that looks just like a kombucha scobythis is normal. To stop the fermentation process cover with a lid and put it in the fridge.

Here’s a few ideas for other flavored shrubs:

  • Peaches – Basil – ACV – Red Wine Vinegar
  • Strawberry – Blueberry – Ginger – Balsamic Vinegar
  • Watermelon – Mint- ACV
  • Pear- Vanilla- White Wine Vinegar
  • Pineapple – Ginger – White Vinegar – ACV
  • Apricot – Turmeric- White Vinegar
  • Berries – Lavender – ACV

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