What is Shrub + How to Create your Own

June 10, 2020

What is Shrub + How to Create your Own

Shrub...when most hear it, they think of something in the garden. However, when it comes to mixology, that is just not so. Shrubs, also known as drinking vinegars, are a vinegar based syrup, much like a simple syrup, that is a quick and easy way to add sweetness or acidity to your cocktail. They've been around for decades, in fact, shrub was a staple for Thomas Jefferson. I'd say they have come a long way since then!

We've been carrying a few varieties of these for some time, and they have become a staple in our home bars. Not to mention, it's apparently really good for you to drink vinegar, so we're all doing ourselves a favor the next time we mix a cocktail, right? Our favourite variety is .

Have we mentioned that there is also a really simple way to create shrub at home?

For a classic, fruit flavoured shrub - You are essentially taking our simple syrup recipe, and adding vinegar. We love this recipe!

Classic Fruit Shrub

Also known as a drinking vinegar. A Well Seasoned Recipe - Visit us in store and check out our extensive Mixology section on 64th Avenue, in Langley, BC


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lb of fruit


  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Mix in the fruit, herbs, flavours of your choice and allow to simmer until fruit is broken down, about 10–15 minutes. Using a fine-mesh sieve or a colander lined with cheesecloth, strain mixture into a mason jar or glass container. Let cool to room temperature, then chill.
  3. The syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a week and makes approximately 12 cocktails. Try different vinegar varieties and fruit combinations. A few ideas:
    • Champagne Vinegar & Peaches
    • White Balsamic, Rosemary & Grapefruit
    • White Wine, Rhubarb & Ginger
    • Raspberry & Hibiscus

Prep Time: 30 Minutes + chilling time

Cook time: 20 Minutes

Chef's Tip: Combine the shrub syrup with 2 oz of gin or vodka and top with club soda fora refreshing cocktail. Not a drinker? Skip the booze, it's still delicious! 

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