SHED’s Blood Orange Champagne Vinegar Shrub
From EatingWell: January/February 2014
Refreshingly tangy, this shrub drink recipe combines fruits, vinegar and sparkling water. This cocktail recipe from Healdsburg SHED mixologist Jordan Lancer in California takes advantage of in-season blood oranges for a brilliantly colorful drink.
- 4-5 organic blood oranges, washed
- 1 cup organic cane sugar, such as Turbinado
- 1 cup champagne vinegar
- 5 1-liter bottles sparkling water or plain seltzer water
- 10 sprigs fresh rosemary for garnish
- Juice oranges until you get 1 cup juice. Cover and refrigerate the juice. Using a muddling stick or a wooden spoon, muddle (gently grind and smash) the orange peels with sugar in a nonreactive mixing bowl (see Tip) until the peels start to break down. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.
- Add the reserved juice to the bowl with the peels and sugar; stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Strain through a fine sieve. (Discard peels.) Combine the strained juice and vinegar in a bottle or jar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 week (and up to 3 weeks) to let the flavors marry. As the mixture rests, the flavors will coalesce. The vinegar mellows while the citrus starts to come to the front.
- To make the final drink, pour 1 ounce (or up to 2 ounces) of the vinegar mixture into a tall glass over ice. Top with about 10 ounces sparkling water (or seltzer). Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the vinegar mixture for up to 3 weeks.
- Tip: A nonreactive bowl, pan or baking dish—stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass—is necessary when cooking with acidic foods (citrus, cranberries, tomatoes) to prevent the food from reacting with the pan. Reactive pans, such as aluminum and cast-iron, can impart off colors and/or flavors.
Per serving: 64 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 14 g added sugars; 15 g total sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 1 mg sodium; 35 mg potassium.
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate
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- Vegetarian, other
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- Beverages, nonalcoholic
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- 8 or more
- January/February 2014