A shrub is a fruit syrup made with vinegar, and it's been used for centuries to preserve seasonal fruit. You can make a refreshing cocktail with it, as we do here, or try a splash in a glass of seltzer to make your own craft soda.

EatingWell Magazine, April 2021


Credit: Ryan Liebe

Recipe Summary test

15 mins
1 week 1 day


Cocktail for 1


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare shrub: Pour boiling water over a quart jar and lid to sterilize. Let stand for 10 minutes, then empty and let cool.

  • Add strawberries and sugar to the jar; use a wooden spoon to mash the berries until chunky. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.

  • Add vinegar and basil sprig. Cover and gently shake until the sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate for 1 week.

  • Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the solids with a wooden spoon to extract the liquid. Wash and resterilize the jar and lid. Return the shrub to the jar.

  • To prepare cocktail: Fill a highball glass with ice. Add gin, liqueur, bitters and 1 oz. shrub; stir to combine. Top with a splash of club soda (or seltzer). Garnish with basil, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate shrub (Steps 1-4) for up to 6 months.


Quart jar with lid

Nutrition Facts

1 cocktail
198 calories; sodium 9mg; carbohydrates 17g; sugars 16g.