In today’s restaurant scene, bartenders aren’t the only ones who have to stay on top of the latest trends. With many consumers actively searching for healthier options when eating out, chefs have to think of creative ways to draw in the health crowd while still serving flavorful, unique, and delicious plates.
But have no fear, there’s no need to reinvent your whole menu. All you have to do is make one simple addition—the shrub. Replace any acid (balsamic vinegar, red wine, lemon juice, etc.) with shrub for a quick and easy way to liven up your dishes.
We all know that shrubs are great in craft cocktails and mocktails, but their use isn’t limited to just beverage. Shrubs make great bases for salad dressings, sauces, marinades, and even dessert!
Dress Your Salads
Many salad dressings are full of sugars, fats, and calories, but having a dry salad is plain and boring. With shrubs, you can make healthy, low-calorie, and fresh dressings using just a few simple ingredients, such as this apple cider vinaigrette using just olive oil, our Apple Cider Ginger Shrub, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
Make It Saucy
Shrubs are the perfect addition to level up your typical sauces and marinades. Not only do shrubs offer a blast of flavor, but the vinegar actually helps to tenderize the meat before it gets cooked. One of our favorite marinades is one made with our Peach Jalapeño Shrub. Simply mix our shrub, olive oil, lime and garlic cloves over your choice of protein (although this recipe works best with chicken or pork).
Spruce Up Those Sides
No meal is complete without side dishes. The good news is, shrubs can be used with vegetables and starches. Our shrubs can make a boring side dish into something worth talking about. Take our cranberry glazed Brussels sprouts for example. Mix our Cranberry Mint Shrub, a shallot, and butter, pour over the Brussels sprouts and cook. Or use our Banana Turmeric Shrub to make Caribbean-flavored rice that pairs wonderfully with shrimp. Combine our shrub, water, coconut milk and cilantro for the perfect tropical dish.
Hit That Sweet Tooth
The word shrub had actually originated from the word sherbet. Originally, sherbet wasn’t the frozen dessert we know and love today; it was a beverage made of sugar combined with citrus fruit, flowers, herbs, or nuts. This is why it is so easy to use today to create delicious frozen treats like our Shrub Sherbet, which uses frozen strawberries, whole milk, and our Strawberry Lemon Thyme Shrub.
The shrub may be best known for its uses in beverages, but because of its versatility, you shouldn’t away from incorporating it into your food. If you’re looking to take it a notch further, work with your bartender to create food and drink pairings your customers will love.
Looking to buy shrubs for your kitchen? Become a wholesaler today to place your first order. Want to gain some experience working with shrubs first? Shop online or at find us at your local liquor store to pick up your individual bottles.
Handcrafted by Anna Scott in her own kitchen and manufactured locally in Rhode Island, Anna’s Kitchen Shrubs are made with certified organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and raw apple cider vinegar with the mother. Anna’s Kitchen Shrubs are offered in 5 unique, award-winning flavors and can be added to your cocktails, mocktails, salad dressings, marinades, sauces, or can simply act as a refreshing drinking vinegar.
Anna’s Kitchen LLC. is a privately held company operating out of Barrington, RI with widespread distribution capabilities for businesses and consumers through direct online ordering, at various grocery and liquor stores, or by partnering with purveyors.