By now, you probably know what a shrub is, maybe you’ve even tasted one or two. But now you may be wondering how you can begin to incorporate shrub in your daily routine or even in some of your go-to drinks.
Shrubs of course can be enjoyed on their own as a straight drinking vinegar, but what you may not know are all the other ways to use shrubs. Check out some of our favorite ways to use shrubs in beverages.
When looking to mix shrubs into a drink, whether it’s a cocktail or mocktail, less is more. When mixing shrub into cocktails, the amount you use can varies depending on the drink. A good place to start is by using a 1:1 ratio with shrubs and the alcohol, like we do in this shrub-arita recipe. Of course, not all drinks are the same, maybe you want more shrub when mixed with vodka and less shrub when drinking bourbon, so play around with the ratios until you find your sweet spot for each one.
If you’re looking to avoid the alcohol altogether, you might want to use slightly less. In some drinks you may only need ½ or ¼ of the amount of shrub in relation to the other ingredients, like in this cream soda recipe. Depending on the flavor of shrub, the vinegar flavor may not be as potent and you may want to use a 1:1 ratio like our shrub mule mocktail.
Now that you know how much shrub to put into your drinks, it’s time to test out some great flavor combinations. Because of the vinegar, shrubs are very acidic, so be careful mixing it with other juices or citrus flavors. Also, depending on the flavor of the actual shrub, try using complementary flavors. Of course, if the flavor of the shrub is already complex and dynamic, simply mixing it with sparkling water or soda water is perfectly refreshing.
Adding shrub into drinks can be fun and exciting. It’s all about experimenting and finding the perfect flavor combinations for your taste buds. Play around with it and see what you can come up with! If you need a head start, check out all of our recipes and feel free to share your combinations with us by tagging us on social media!