When you hear the word “shrub”, what comes to mind? Do you picture a green bush beside your front porch, or do you imagine a brightly colored, ice-cold cocktail?
If you’ve got the second kind of shrub on the brain, you’ve come to the right place. This shrub is one you drink, and it’s the perfect ingredient to spice up regular old cocktails and mocktails – and that’s not all!
Here are 7 Fun Facts you should know about shrubs:
1. Shrubs Weren’t Born Yesterday
In fact, shrubs have been around since the 15th century. Colonials stored fruit in barrels of vinegar before refrigeration, and this fruit-fused vinegar was later strained out and drank for its restorative qualities. The shrub you know and love today hasn’t changed much since then!
2. Shrubs Are Made with Apple Cider Vinegar
Have you heard of the apple cider vinegar health craze? There are so many benefits to drinking apple cider vinegar with the mother! It contains probiotics to prevent sickness and is known to reduce cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels. Because apple cider vinegar with the mother is a main ingredient, our shrubs supply those significant health benefits on top of having great flavor.
3. Our Shrubs Are 100% Organic
Not all shrubs are the same – Anna’s Kitchen Shrub is the only 100% organic shrub on the market! Organic ingredients cannot contain GMOs and must be grown with natural fertilizers, which are said to be less toxic than synthetic ones. Plus, organic ingredients contain more beneficial nutrients and have a fresher taste than non-organic.
4. Shrubs Have a Long Shelf Life
Most drink-mix concentrates need to be refrigerated and only last a couple months once opened, so you may be hesitant to make a purchase for fear of letting it go to waste. Shrubs are unique for many reasons, and their shelf life is one of them! Our shrubs don’t need to be refrigerated and will last for three years after being opened.
5. Shrubs Give You an Energy Boost
Ever wanted a little pick-me-up, but held off because coffee, energy drinks, and soda aren’t good for you? Get a healthy, invigorating energy boost by mixing your favorite flavor of shrub with ice water or seltzer. The apple cider vinegar found in shrubs contains enzymes and potassium that help fight tiredness, putting some pep in your step without any nasty side effects!
6. Zero-Proof Cocktails Are Even Better with Shrubs
Before shrubs came on the scene, mocktails and low-ABV drinks tended to lack variety – if they were on the menu at all. With the rise of craft drinks and the sober curious trend, shrubs have become a popular ingredient in what’s known as “zero-proof” cocktails. These non-alcoholic shrub drinks pack so much flavor, it’s hard to tell they don’t contain any spirits.
7. You Can Cook with Shrubs
Shrubs tend to be best known as a drink-mix concentrate, but that’s just one chapter of the shrub book! You can cook with shrubs in your own home, because they’re perfect for marinades, salad dressings, and more. Shrubs add a dynamic flavor and healthy twist to any dish, from coconut banana rice to strawberry sherbet.
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.