Have you heard of drinking vinegars? They are a wonderful old fashioned drink that turns out to be really good for you. They are also called drinking shrubs. This Blueberry Shrub Recipe is a great one to start with! Post may contain affiliate links.
Drinking Vinegars – What are They?
Drinking vinegars are an old fashioned drink. They are basically vinegar and a sweetner with some fruit added. In the days before soda pop, these drinks were a refreshing answer to quench your thirst. A drinking shrub is simply a concentrated form and all you have to do is add it to some sparkling water for a delicious and good for you drink! You can buy drinking vinegars at the store, but it’s so easy to make your own.
Blueberry Shrub Drink
Now, if you go Google shrubs, you’ll learn there are lots of different opinions on how to make them. Some use only a cold process, some introduce heat. Some use a ration of 1-1-1 and some use something different. The only thing everyone agrees on is that you use fruit, some sort of sweetener, and some type of vinegar. I settled on a cold process. I preferred to let time do the work, rather than speeding it up by introducing heat. I also went with the 1-1-1 ration. But honestly, I think no matter how you do it, you’re going to love it. When you’re finished with your drinking vinegar, you have this jar of tart fruitiness ready to make the most refreshing drinks. I spoon about 3 tablespoons into a glass, add ice and top with sparkling water and stir. It is so good. Sweet and tart. From now on, I plan to always have a shrub in my fridge, waiting to be made into a refreshing drink – I’m also going to experiment with some cocktails.
Old fashioned shrubs make refreshing drinks!
Place the blueberries and sugar in a mason jar. Muddle the blueberries a bit to begin releasing some of the juices. Cover it with a loose lid or cheesecloth and let sit out on your counter for about 3 days.
At the end of three days it should be syrupy. Stir in the vinegar and let it sit out for 1 more day. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and store in a lidded jar in the fridge (it should keep for about 6 months.)
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** note this post was originally published in 2017, it has been updated for 2018.