Homemade Balsamic Shrubs

“You want me to drink vinegar?”- this is the EVER POPULAR question we always get in our stores… and the answer is simple, YES! Vinegar started many eons ago as a tonic/digestive aide helping all those medieval foods go down smoothly… while it’s uses have changed, the appreciation for vinegar worldwide continues to grow and today we’re going to show you how to make a shrub.

What’s a shrub you may ask? It is a acidulated beverage made with fermented fruit which was then added to rum/brandy to create a cocktail. These shrubs first became popular in 17th century England however, they made their way to Colonial America too! The syrup made from vinegar/fruit infusions is known as drinking vinegar which can then be added to soda water, liquors or other beverages to create a cocktail.


Here’s the recipes you have to try!


2 c. Watermelon White Balsamic or Mango, Peach or any vinegar of your choosing!

8 c. of sparkling water

1 c. of fresh fruit- strawberries, watermelon, peaches, blueberries, raspberries or anything of your choosing


1.Take a pitcher or container of choice and add fresh ingredients (fruit, etc.)

2. Pour the balsamic over the fruit and allow to infuse for approximately 2-3 hours depending on the time you have prior to preparation (the longer the infuse the better the flavor will be). You can keep the infusion for up to a month’s time in the refrigerator and use at your leisure.

3. Once you’ve given the infusion some time to really develop in flavor you can add anywhere between 2-4 Tbs. of the infused vinegar to 8 oz. of water depending the desired sweetness. Serve chilled or over ice depending on your choice!


  • Batch makes about 15-30 servings at a time.



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