Making Cocktails with Shrubs (Drinking Vinegar)

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will know that I try to pack as much probiotics into my diet as I can in the form of yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, and even fermented drinks like kombucha (or at least I’m trying with the booch).

I was recently introduced to shrubs, or drinking vinegars. Like kombucha, they are fermented beverages, but unlike kombucha, they aren’t fizzy. They’re made from apple cider vinegar, which is a popular supplement these days that many people are taking. These are concentrated, so you just add a tablespoon or so to a glass, and then top it off with water or sparkling water. People drink apple cider vinegar for its health benefits, which includes helping to lower your blood sugar, and of course, those probiotics, which can help to aid in digestion and strengthen your immune system.

Making Cocktails with Shrubs (drinking vinegar)

You can buy them in a variety of different flavours, and they have that same puckery kind of taste that many people love kombucha for.

Now, you could obviously use these for health reasons. But I was curious as to what they would be like in a cocktail.

Probably my favourite cocktail is a classic sour. The idea is, you take a spirit, and then pair it with something sour/acidic, and balance that with something sweet. Sometimes there is also an egg white added to the mix, to give the cocktail a creamy consistency and a frothy head.

I normally use lemon or lime juice in my sours, so I was curious to see if the shrub could take the place of them in a cocktail. Turns out, it mades a delicious replacement!

I used aquafaba in my cocktails, as I’m not the hugest fan of using raw egg whites, but you can feel free to use them if you like. The aquafaba makes a great substitute, though.

The shrubs I’m using are from Route 18, a local business here in Vancouver that makes a variety of really fun flavours, including turmeric peach with ginger, raspberry and cherry cardamom. Uh, yum!

I made two different cocktails, based on the turmeric and the cherry shrubs.

Cocktails with Shrubs (Drinking Vinegar)

Cherry-Cardamom Sour

  • 1.5 oz bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 oz cherry cardamom shrub
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz aquafaba (or egg white)
  • maraschino cherry for garnish

Turmeric-Gin Sour

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz turmeric peach shrub
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz aquafaba (or egg white)
  • lemon wheel for garnish

Here’s how to make them:

 

 

 

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