Fresh Fruit Shrub Cocktail

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Celebrate every summer party with this refreshing drink filled with fresh fruit that everyone will love!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup strawberries, peaches, raspberries, blackberries or blueberries, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons sugar (reduce to 2 tablespoons for a less sweet shrub)

  • ¼ cup Olive Scene Balsamic Vinegar of choice (you can also try a mix of dark balsamic and white balsamic vinegar ~ suggestions below)

  • 4 leaves basil, rosemary or oregano chopped fine

  • Sparkling Wine, Lemon Tonic, Sparkling Water, etc

  • Gin, Vodka or Bourbon

  • Lime

  • Fresh herb sprig (optional)

Ice

  • 1 oz shrub syrup

  • 1-2 oz alcohol (optional)

  • ½ cup sparkling water

  • fresh herb sprig

Directions

To assemble the shrub cocktails, chop a piece of fresh fruit, or muddle it in the bottom of a glass. Add, stir, and adjust components to taste.

Strawberry Balsamic Shrub:

  1. Combine the strawberries and sugar; mash with a fork until well-combined.

  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight to create a fruit syrup.

  3. Stir Olive Scene Gravenstein Apple White Balsamic Vinegar and Rosemary into the syrup and refrigerate for several hours, up to a couple of days, stirring occasionally to help dissolve the sugar.

  4. Before using the shrub, strain through a fine mesh sieve (reserve the solids to use over yogurt or on toast), or you can keep the softened fruit in the shrub.

Peach Balsamic Shrub:

  1. Combine the peaches and sugar; mash with a fork until well-combined.

  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight to create a fruit syrup.

  3. Stir in Olive Scene Peach White Balsamic Vinegar and Basil into the syrup and refrigerate for several hours, up to a couple of days, stirring occasionally to help dissolve the sugar.

  4. Before using the shrub, strain through a fine mesh sieve (reserve the solids to use over yogurt or on toast), or you can keep the softened fruit in the shrub.

Note: vary this recipe by changing the flavor of the balsamic vinegar and the fruit.