We're not talking shrub as in the small bush in the corner of your yard. A shrub in the beverage sense is a non-alcoholic, fruit-infused vinegar that's usually mixed with soda water.
We read about shrubs in last week's T: Design and Living magazine from The New York Times. And we almost glossed over the article (the deconstructed, if cool and artistic, photo didn't really whet our whistle) but were drawn in by the honest enthusiasm of the writer, Toby Cecchini, who claims he went "shrub mad," boiling up fruity, acidic mixtures in his kitchen and giving them to friends.
Get links to the article and recipe, below... Cecchini claims shrubs are extremely easy to make. You combine mashed fruit with a basic vinegar, let it sit for a week, then boil it with sugar, strain, and bottle. The idea of a pear or raspberry vinegar spritzer does sound really good to us. Even though the recipe instructions include statements like, "The smell created from boiling is a bit offensive, so open the doors and windows," we're willing to give it a try.
Read the article and get the recipe:
Anyone out there ever made a shrub?
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(Image: Craig Cutler for The New York Times)