So with summer dishes, we’ve come to love summer beverages that accompany the food and are made with wholesome ingredients-NO artificial flavors or ingredients like those in soda for us! We like to stick to antiquated recipes and that’s why we just had to share this one with you today, everyone please say hello to our PEACH SHRUB COCKTAIL (you can substitute the peaches for say- raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
Wait, wait, you’re probably wondering what a shrub is before you try this recipe right? And no a shrub is not anything like those in your garden… so here’s the catch:
Is a acidulated beverage made of an acid so in most cases vinegar made from fruits, classically, it was a way for preserving over-riped fruits (same process as preserve or jam making) however, this version is drinkable. The vinegar is added to water or soda water with fresh fruit, ice and served with a meal. The concepts of shrubs began in the medieval ages and continued into the first colonial years in the US where the beverage was popular in aiding in digestion.
2 cups fresh peaches or frozen (about 10 ounces) & you can even add raspberries or other fruit!
6-8 Tbs. of our Orange Blossom Honey or 1 cup of sugar/sweetener
8 sprigs thyme/mint or any herb of your preference
1 bottle of soda water or enough filtered water to fill pitcher size
ice (to your liking)
** You also may add alcohol of your choice! OR add ice tea!
1. In a pitcher, pour vinegar, fruit, and herbs. In a separate bowl, use either the honey or sugar and dissolve it in hot water until uniform consistency exists and then add to pitcher. Once all ingredients have been added, start by using a rubber spatula to mix ingredients together! Let macerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days in the refrigerator or longer if desired.
2. When ready to serve for a meal, remove pitcher from refrigerator and add ice! This is an awesome beverage to serve after a HEAVY BBQ and helps tremendously with digestion!