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Shrub drink

How to Make a Shrub (Cocktail or Non-Alcoholic)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 days
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 48 hours
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups syrup 1x


The shrub drink is a simple, refreshing beverage made with vinegar and fruit! Drink it as a cocktail or mocktail.



For the syrup (makes 1 1/2 cups, enough for 12 drinks)

  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup fruit, chopped or muddled* (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, apples, pears, etc)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Optional: add whole herbs or spices like rosemary, mint, thyme, cardamom pods, peppercorns, star anise, etc

For the cocktail

  • 1 ounce** shrub syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin or aquavit
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 ounces sparkling water

For the mocktail

  • 1 ounce shrub syrup
  • 6 to 8 ounces sparkling water (to taste)


  1. Make the syrup (2 days): In a covered container, stir together the vinegar and sugar. Chop and/or muddle (lightly mash) the fruit and add it to the mixture, along with any whole herbs. Refrigerate for 2 days.
  2. Strain: Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a jar. Store the syrup refrigerated for up to 2 months. 
  3. Make the drinks: When ready to drink, place the shrub syrup, optional gin or aquavit and simple syrup, and sparkling water in a glass and stir well. If desired, garnish with more fruit and herbs.


*Shown in the photograph is a blueberry mint shrub.

**1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Cocktail
  • Diet: Vegan