What Are Shrubs?
Shrubs are the hottest up-and-coming trend in the beverage and food market. But they aren’t as new as you may think.
The earliest version of a shrub appeared in the 15th century England was used for medicinal purposes. It was then adapted in the 17th and 18th centuries to be an acidic fruit juice laced with brandy or rum. American colonists then substituted the alcohol with vinegar, which also helped to preserve the fruit juice or syrup from the heat of pre-refrigeration summers. The fruit and vinegar would combine together to produce a dynamic fruit-flavored vinegar that was mixed with various spirits or even drank straight.
Colonials believed that drinking shrub boosted energy, improve tolerance to hot weather, and improve digestion. Current studies have shown that daily consumption of apple cider vinegar has many health benefits such as lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, slowing the growth of tumors, and giving you probiotics and enzymes to prevent sickness and break down foods.
The use of shrub slowly decreased with the innovation of refrigeration, but in 2011 the serving of vinegar-based drinks began to rise again in many restaurants and bars. In addition to providing alcoholic drinks that have less sugar and minimal calories, the shrub is also a large proponent in the low-ABV and sober-curious movements, allowing consumers to enjoy delicious and dynamic beverages with little to no alcohol.
While the shrub was originally used just for drinking purposes, the versatility of the product expands beyond alcoholic beverages. Shrubs can also be used to create delicious mocktails, craft sodas, and other kid-friendly drinks, as well as in salad dressings, marinades, sauces, and sherbet.
Today, Anna’s Kitchen combines organic fruit with raw apple cider vinegar with the mother to create 100% certified organic, award-winning, big, bold flavor combinations that craft bartenders experiment with and health-conscious consumers crave.
- Refreshing and Bold
- Try it with juleps, mojitos, and craft sodas
Apple Cider Ginger
- Spirited and Warm
- Combine with bourbon, ginger ale, and root veggies
- Vibrant and Sweet
- Perfect for tropical drinks, rum, and marinades
Strawberry Lemon Thyme
- Zesty and Balanced
- Mix with sparkling white wine, spritzers, and summer salads
- Fresh and Unexpected
- Great with tequila, sweet tea, and salsa