Imagine a drink mixer that’s healthy and tastes good. We know it can be hard to find one that checks both boxes, but the shrub does exactly that. No, this isn’t the kind of shrub you’d find in your backyard — this is one you can drink and cook with. You’re not going to shrub your shoulders at this health trend!
What’s A Shrub?
Shrubs date back a few centuries to before refrigeration, when colonials preserved fruit in barrels of vinegar. The fruit-infused vinegar was then mixed with spirits or drank straight for its restorative qualities.
Today, the shrub is making a comeback in bars and households alike. Our shrub, made from 100% organic ingredients and raw apple cider vinegar with the mother, even has proven health benefits. Studies show that daily consumption of apple cider vinegar with the mother can improve blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.
Why Are Shrubs Back In Action?
Shrubs fell off the map when refrigeration was invented. So why are they suddenly resurfacing in the 21st century?
Today, people tend to be more health conscious, prioritizing healthy lifestyles and diets. Most people want to know exactly what they are putting into their bodies, so organic ingredients are key. There’s less of an attraction to sugary drinks like soda and juice concentrate, making shrubs a much healthier alternative.
Craft cocktails have also become commonplace in bars. They’re generally made with artisanal ingredients and hold unusual flavor combinations. Craft cocktails give a new twist to the classic cocktail and, when made with shrubs, breathe new life into those tried-and-true drinks. These shrub craft cocktails are unique, with unexpected flavors that can also help improve your health.
You don’t have to drink alcohol to enjoy shrubs. Our shrubs are perfect for mocktails, and they add robust flavor to any plain seltzer or hot tea. Shrubs are great for cooking, too, as making tasty marinades, salad dressings, and more!
How Can I Use Shrubs?
So, shrubs give you great flavor and health benefits, but how should you use them? There are so many great ways to incorporate shrubs into your food and drink. Here at Anna’s Kitchen, we offer five bold flavors of shrub:
- Peach Jalapeño
- Cranberry Mint
- Apple Cider Ginger
- Banana Turmeric
- Strawberry Lemon Thyme
With flavors like these, the shrub world is your oyster. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!
Apple Cider Ginger Tea
The weather is turning cooler, so fight off the chill by holding a warm mug of tea. Heat up some of our Apple Cider Ginger Shrub and mix in honey as a natural sweetener. Want something a little extra to keep you warm from head to toe? Add a splash of bourbon!
Cranberry Mint Mojito
Tired of plain old mojitos? Add a fresh and tangy flavor to the mix with our Cranberry Mint Shrub. We recommend equal parts shrub and white rum, with a little agave and mint garnish. How refreshing!
Coconut Banana Rice
Don’t forget, shrubs are great for cooking, too! This coconut banana rice is so flavorful, you can skip the soy sauce. Simply boil rice, water, coconut milk, and Banana Turmeric Shrub to create the perfect seafood side dish.
There’s so much you can do with shrubs, from cocktails and mocktails to marinades and dressings. Looking for more inspiration? Check out our recipes!