Feel like making shrub!

An old trick in the cocktail trade, the shrub syrup goes as far back as Colonial America.  Sugar and vinegar were used to preserve fruit prior to the invention of refrigeration.

Sweet and tart in flavor, the shrub can be added to soda water to make a refreshing beverage. Bartenders are using the shrub for its versatility and simplicity.

The Rhubarb Shrub
8 oz. rhubarb, diced
8 oz. granulated sugar
1/3 c. Apple cider vinegar

Combine the rhubarb and sugar in bowl, mix until rhubarb is covered in sugar. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. The rhubarb will become liquefied and pulp like. Remove from the refrigerator and press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the solids. Combine the rhubarb sugar syrup with the apple cider vinegar. Shake to help dissolve any remaining sugar. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.


Rhubarb Collins

1.5 oz. gin
1 oz. rhubarb shrub
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
club soda

In an iced filled pint glass add gin, rhubarb shrub, and lemon juice. Roll the drink and add more ice if needed. Top with club soda. Garnish with seasonal strawberries or a pickled rhubarb stalk.



A bonus video for the Monty Python fans! (we couldn’t help ourselves)

8 Comments Add yours

  1. mermaidcamp says:

    I have planned to start making shrubs as well as bitters. This drink sounds so good..I am inspired to start with rhubarb.

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    1. Once you start and realize how easy it is you’ll be hooked! Let me know how they turn out.


  2. Yes! I will be making this today….

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    1. I’m taking the left over rhubarb and putting it into a pie with strawberries. Enjoy the shrub!


      1. I am also doing that 🙂 we are on the same wavelength LOL

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  3. Audrey says:

    This looks so good. I need to nip over to my inlaws and borrow an armful of rhubarb soon. It’s not growing much yet up North here but in a couple of weeks it will be all over the place. The color of the drink alone looks delicious! And Python.. gotta love Python! One of my favorite bits.

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  4. PJ Sassifras says:

    Oh yum! That sounds like a great way to use rgubarb!


  5. Alz355 says:

    Coincidentally, my friend brought a jar of blood orange shrub over this past Saturday and we enjoyed it in our cocktails. Seems easy to make. Would you recommend the same sugar/vinegar ratio?


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