A shrub is known as a cocktail or soft drink that was popular during America's colonial era, made by mixing a vinegared syrup (made of vinegar, sugar & fruit) with spirits, water, or carbonated water.
One of the original purposes of a shrub was to preserve the abundance of fruit during the summer and fall months. We have found it to be the perfect marriage between seasonal fruits from our winery garden combined with the vibrant flavors of our red wine vinegars, syrups and olive oils.
We hope you enjoy our 10 step guide to making our Blueberry & Lemon Verbena Shrub. It has become a favorite here in the Round Pond kitchens, and we hope it becomes one in yours!
Make Your Own Shrub & Mocktail
Making the shrub syrup:
Step 1: Pull your ingredients together for the shrub (we're making our Blueberry & Lemon Verbena Shrub, but we also have our Strawberry and Ginger Shrub).
Step 2: Place equal parts sugar and water in a large pot and bring to a simmer.
Step 3: Once sugar is dissolved, add blueberries (or your choice of fruit). Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Add our red wine vinegars and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for 5 additional minutes.
Step 5: Turn off heat and pour shrub mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Let mixture strain until all liquid has released. Do not force the juice through the strainer, as it will become cloudy. Chill shrub mixture. This recipe should make 3 cups of shrub syrup, so you will have extras for later.
Assembling your mocktail (or cocktail):
Step 6: Pull together your mocktail (or cocktail) ingredients together.
Step 7: Place Meyer Lemon Citrus Syrup, ½ cup shrub, and lemon verbena (and spirit of choice) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
Step 8: Pour mixture, dividing equally into 4- 15oz glasses filled with ice.
Step 9: Fill up the rest of the glass with carbonated water.
Step 10: Garnish each glass with blueberries, mint and 1 tsp Round Pond Basil Olive Oil.
*Check out our Strawberry and Ginger Jam recipe for a great way to reuse the pulp if you're making our Strawberry & Ginger shrub.
These are the two great recipes that have been featured at the Olive Mill, but feel free to make your own combination!
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