Tarragon Raspberry Shrub Spritzer

Here, tangy raspberries and tarragon transform into a shrub--a sweet vinegar-based syrup that's been around since Colonial times. Mix into sparkling water for a refreshing sip. You'll make enough shrub to mix up 20 drinks.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
1 cocktail


  • 1 pound raspberries, plus more for garnish

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • 8 sprigs fresh tarragon, plus more for garnish

  • 1 ½ cups red-wine vinegar

  • Ice

  • ½ cup chilled sparkling water


  1. Combine raspberries, sugar and tarragon in a large nonreactive pot, such as stainless steel. Let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

  2. Cook the raspberry mixture over medium heat until starting to simmer, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a bare simmer (do not let it boil), 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover with cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.

  3. Remove and discard the tarragon. Strain the mixture into an airtight container. (If desired, save the pickled berries for another use; refrigerate airtight for up to 1 week to use in salads.) Refrigerate the shrub until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 month.

  4. To make each drink: Fill glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons shrub and top with sparkling water. Stir once and garnish with fresh raspberries and tarragon, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate shrub (Steps 1-3) for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
13g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Serving Size 6 oz.
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 11g 22%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 1mg 0%
Potassium 6mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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