Move over Kombucha! Shrubs are taking over the spotlight.
Said to boost your gut health, reduce weight, and improve cholesterol, kombucha, which regained popularity in the 90s, has been the latest craze for the health-conscious crowd. However, throughout the last couple of years a new healthy beverage as reemerged—the shrub.
Kombucha is fermented tea. It’s made by introducing a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) into a black or green tea, and sugar. The result is a fizzy drink that can be either sweet or vinegary depending on how long you ferment it. Of course, fruits, herbs, and spices can be added for an additional flavor.
Shrubs are a combination of vinegar and fruits or vegetables, sometimes mixed with a bit of added sugar. It’s made by fermenting the fruit or vegetables in the vinegar for a few weeks. The vinegar reacts with the natural sugars in the fruit to create a sweet and delectable drink. You can drink shrubs straight, but they are best served with a seltzer or soda water to dilute the vinegar taste.
Much like kombucha, there are multiple health benefits associated with the shrub. Due to the fermentation process, the two drinks are said to have probiotics which result in improving gut health, lowering cholesterol and aiding in suppressing your appetite. Now you may be thinking, besides the vinegar, shrub sounds exactly like kombucha. However, the differences stop here.
For those trying to avoid caffeine or alcohol, it’s best to stay away from kombucha. Most kombuchas are made with tea that contains caffeine and some commercially available kombuchas can contain a decent amount of alcohol. Shrubs on the other hand, only contain sugar, fruit or vegetables, and vinegar. And while vinegar is made through the fermentation of alcohol, there isn’t enough to consider the drink alcoholic. Of course, shrubs can be added to alcohol to create fun and dynamic cocktails, but they make great craft mocktails too!
Once you open that kombucha, you better be ready to drink it. Within 3-5 days of opening, it will lose its fizz and begin to lose taste. Shrubs, however, can last months or even years! The vinegar is a natural preservative so if you have some leftover, no worries you can go back to it later!
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.