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Blueberry Ginger Shrub

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Mocktails Are Very Popular Now

Learn How To Make a Shrub

Article by Dayna De Hoyos

Photography by Dayna De Hoyos

Originally published in Boerne Lifestyle

This is my favorite healthy drink. I like to drink apple cider vinegar in the morning for my digestion. This Shrub makes it very palatable and enjoyable. This is the original soda made since the time of the Babylonians. I first came across it at Cured at the Pearl. I was so interested that I did a deep dive on Youtube and have been making them for years.

Making a Shrub is easy once you understand the method. I get super creative with my own combinations of fruit and vinegar and also add another level of complexity by adding a third flavor profile.  Ginger, turmeric, clove, or cinnamon is a great addition to the simple recipe of fruit, sugar, and vinegar.

Try these combinations:

-Strawberry, basil, apple cider vinegar

-Cherry, sage, white balsamic vinegar

-Peach, thyme, apple cider vinegar

-Pear, vanilla bean, mint, apple cider vinegar

-Grapes, rosemary, rice wine vinegar

-Apple, ginger, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar

-Cranberry, orange rind, thyme, apple cider vinegar

-Blackberry, clove, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar

-Tumeric, orange/lemon, apple cider vinegar

Blueberry Ginger Shrub

1 cup of blueberries

1 cup of sugar

A few chunks of ginger

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

Place the berries and ginger in a mason jar, and cover with sugar. With the base of a wooden spoon smash the sugar with the berries. Cover and place on the counter for a few days. Shake the jar to incorporate the juices two times a day. On the 4th day strain the mixture and add vinegar. Throw the pulp away. Refrigerated syrup will last up to a year. Serve on ice with sparkling or still water. 1/4 cup of syrup and 1 cup of water is a good ratio to start. You can add less or more depending on taste. 

Jesse Barter from Hill and Vine in Fredericksburg shared this wonderfully-tasting drink that can be served as a mocktail. This signature cocktail is called Snake in my Boot. 

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1oz Prickly Pear Puree

3/4 oz Simple Syrup

1/2 oz Lime Juice

3 oz Topo Chico

  •  Snake in my Boot
  • Blueberry Ginger Shrub