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. Don’t be surprised by the pickled taste; remember that these are meant to be blended with soda water or cocktails. Steeping time not included in preparation time.
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- 1Wash and dry the elderberries, place them in a pint-size jar or non-reactive bowl, and lightly crush using a fork or potato masher.
- 2Add vinegar and stir to combine.
- 3Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, occasionally shaking the jar or stirring the contents of the bowl.
- 4Give the mixture a good shake or stir and then strain using a fine-mesh strainer and/or cheesecloth.
- 5Discard the solids.
- 6Measure the liquid.
- 7For every cup of liquid, use 1 cup of sugar.
- 8Combine liquid and sugar in a saucepan.
- 9Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- 10Boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
- 11Let cool; bottle, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks (the longer it steeps, the more mellow the flavor).
- 12To serve, mix with sparking water. Start with 1 part shrub to 6 parts sparkling water and adjust to taste. The syrup may also be mixed with plain water or used in cocktails.
Nutritional Facts for Elderberry Shrub
Serving Size: 1 (384 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 104.0
- Calories from Fat 4
- Total Fat 0.4 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 13.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 19.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 6.7 g
- Sugars 0.6 g
- Protein 0.6 g