Making Summer Shrubs
Shrubs? No, no, no, not the bush, silly. In the kitchen or bar a shrub is a zestful vinegar-based syrup that can be used to inspire your beverages and dressings to a new level. Shrubs date back to the 15th century as medicinal cordials, but became popular during the American colonial era when they were used in both cocktails and soft drinks.
The shrub we are speaking of is a acidulated liquid concocted of fruit and/or vegetable juice, sugar, vinegar and other herbaceous ingredients. Basic shrubs can be made with any flavor of vinegar, a sugar and fruits and/or vegetables, and our featured recipes include other ingredients such as ginger, basil and black pepper.
Try your hand at making these recipes and then venture out on your own and make your own creative shrub. Be sure to share those with Edible Indy on Instagram or Twitter by tagging them with #EI shrubs—we may showcase them!