Chokecherry Vinegar - Chokecherry Shrub

Total Time
24hrs 10mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 10 mins

Shrubs, also called drinking vinegars, are restorative drinks from the Colonial days predating soda pops and sports drinks. Prior to the invention of refrigeration, a shrub syrup was a means of preserving fruit long past its picking. Shrubs were popular in Colonial America, mixed with cool water to provide a pick-me-up on hot summer days. A proper shrub has a flavor that's both tart and sweet, so it stimulates the appetite while quenching thirst. Try your chokecherry shrub over ice with club soda. Steeping time not included in preparation time..

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash berries and mash in a glass bowl.
  2. Combine vinegar and water.
  3. Pour over berries (solution should cover berries).
  4. Let stand 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Place in a large saucepan, and slowly bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Boil 5 minutes.
  7. Strain through a jelly bag.
  8. Do not squeeze bag.
  9. For each cup juice, add 1 cup granulated sugar.
  10. Bring to a boil.
  11. Boil 2 minutes.
  12. Remove from heat.
  13. Allow to settle.
  14. Bottle and refrigerate for up to 6 months, or pour into sterilized jars, seal and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
  15. To Serve: Add to 2 - 4 tablespoons of concentrate on top of ice cubes in a glass. Fill with water, club soda, or sparkling water.


Most Helpful

My grandma used to make this. Thrilled to find a recipe. Thanks!

4sweeper August 31, 2011

Simple to make with a tart and delicious result. It is the best, most non-fussy thing I have ever found to do with chokecherries. Try it out once and it will become a repeat exercise. Great with fresh chokecherries or frozen ones from the freezer.

Jane M. May 17, 2016

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