Beverages » Simmered Fruit Shrubs (Drinking Vinegars)
In Colonial days, in order to extend the life of fresh fruit, people would turn them into shrubs. Not to be confused with the shrubs that line your fence, drinkable shrubs consist of ripe or overripe fruit combined with sugar and vinegar. It is then strained for a concentrated liquid that would be added to water for a refreshing and appetite-inducing aperitif. Today, shrubs are used in making fresh, homemade sodas and creative cocktails. The possibilities for the many flavors of shrubs you can create are endless. Lynne shows you a few of her favorite fruits that are ideal using the Simmered Fruit method. You can also watch the more traditional No-Cook Fruit Shrubs video.