1) Use equal parts fruit, sugar and vinegar (apple cider, red wine or champagne is preferred to basic white)
2) Wash your fruit and mash it in a bowl with the sugar. Allow this to sit for a few hours (or up to a few days) in your fridge.
3) Strain the resulting syrup through a mesh strainer, pressing gently to break up the fruit solids with a large spoon or spatula. Compost the solids.
4) Mix the syrup with an equal measure of vinegar, whisking to incorporate and dissolve any remaining sugar.
5) Store the shrub in the fridge, in a clean jar with a lid. Shake occasionally, as the mixture will settle; the flavors will also mellow over time.
6) To serve: mix with water or soda water for a tangy and refreshing drink, or use as a mixer in a cocktail.
**recipe from Edible Seattle, July/August 2015 edition.
Some of our favorite shrubs are rhubarb, apricot, nectarine and berry.