With its refreshing sweet-tart taste this hibiscus berry shrub is a thirst-quenching alternative to soda.
With the temperature on the rise these days, I’ve been finding myself craving an icy-cold drink to quench my ever increasing thirst with. Of course there’s the usual summer go-tos like lemonade and iced tea but lately it’s been this hibiscus berry shrub that’s come to the rescue when I’m feeling parched.
What’s a shrub drink?
If you’ve never had a shrub before (also called drinking vinegar) it’s an incredibly refreshing non-alcoholic beverage made from vinegar spiked fruit syrup. Sweet/tart and quite gulpable on a hot day, a shrub is the perfect summer drink.
Now if the thought of drinking vinegar makes you wrinkle your nose, fear not, a shrub is really quite wonderful and not at all sharp or overly sour. The fruit and sweetener mellows out the harsh qualities of the vinegar while leaving it’s refreshing and palate cleansing acidity, which is just what you need on a hot day.
If you’ve had an Italian soda before, then you’ll love a shrub soda. Just add a few spoonfuls of shrub syrup to a glass of sparkling water and you have an all-natural soda that’s hard to beat.
How do you make a shrub soda?
There are two basic ways to make a shrub: cold process or hot. I’ve chosen the hot process for this hibiscus berry shrub since cooking the fruit enhances the jammy flavor of the berries and intensifies the flavor of the resulting syrup.
For this berry shrub recipe I’ve chosen red berries like strawberries, raspberries and dried goji berries. I’ve also added hibiscus for its tart, cranberry- like flavor and deep red color when brewed.
All you do is cook down the berries and hibiscus with a sweetener like maple syrup or honey until syrupy, then stir in some apple cider vinegar, and strain into a glass bottle. The resulting syrup keeps well in the fridge and can be added to either flat or sparkling water when ready to drink and poured over ice for a thirst-quenching drink.
The balance of sweet/tart and bright flavors of the berries will take plain water to a whole new level. Give it a try and it just might become your new favorite summer drink as well!
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