Strawberry Shrub Cocktail (Latest & Greatest)

Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2013

Strawberry Shrub Cocktail (Latest & Greatest)

This Strawberry Shrub Cocktail (Latest and Greatest) showcases money-can’t-buy-garden-goodness. For any gartender, this cocktail epitomizes why we go to the trouble of making so many of our cocktail ingredients. The Strawberry & Vanilla Bean Shrub I’m using is not the green, bushy kind. It’s a very alluring drinking vinegar. A simple cold infusion of strawberries, apple cider vinegar, honey, vanilla bean and water. For the cocktail part, I used gin, Cocchi Americano¬†(an Italian aperitif wine), and a sprinkle of my Spring Amaro. You could substitue your favorite white wine or something bubbly for the Cocchi Americano. The amaro addition adds a lovely depth to this garden cocktail. Feel free to sprinkle away with your favorite amaro.

Last summer, I created this Strawberry Shrub Cocktail. For the shrub, I heated the berries, vinegar, sugar and water together. It had a wonderful flavor, but this cold infusion is so much brighter (and better). I will not heat my shrubs ever again.

Strawberry Shrub Cocktail (Latest & Greatest)

Strawberry Shrub Cocktail (Latest & Greatest)

Strawberry Shrub Cocktail (Latest & Greatest)

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce Strawberry & Vanilla Bean Shrub
  • 1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Spring Amaro
  • garnish of 3 strawberries

Mix the gin, shrub, wine and amaro with ice. Strain into your serving glass. Garnish with a skewer of fresh strawberries.

Strawberry & Vanilla Bean Shrub

Strawberry & Vanilla Bean Shrub

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (frozen are fine), roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (white is fine, but I am partial to apple cider)
  • half a vanilla bean, split lengthwise

Mix everything in a glass jar with a lid. If your honey is really thick, or has some crystals forming, heat it slightly with the water separately. Let it cool, and then add to the berries, vanilla bean and vinegar. Keep the shrub in the fridge, and shake daily. When you are happy with the taste, strain the berries from the liquid, and throw the vanilla bean back into the shrub mixture. Store in the fridge, and use within two weeks.

 

 

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