Blackberry Shrub

“Making a shrub recipe is a creative way to use up extra fruit all the way through Labour Day. We were inspired by sampling the house-made shrubs at the award-winning SHED in Healdsburg, California. They are as colourful and refreshing as summer drinks should be.” —Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado

Blackberry Shrub - summer drinksPhoto: Taste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2cup 10minutes 20minutes + chilling
Servings Prep Time
2cup 10minutes
Cook Time
20minutes + chilling
Portions: cup
Portions: cup
  1. Place fruit and cinnamon stick in a sterilized pint jar. Bring vinegar just to a boil; pour over fruit, leaving ¼-in. headspace. Center lid on jar; screw on band until fingertip tight. Refrigerate for 1 week.
  2. Strain vinegar mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into another sterilized pint jar. Press solids to extract juice; discard remaining fruit.
  3. Bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly. Stir into vinegar mixture; shake well. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
  4. To serve, drink 1-2 tablespoons or add to a glass of ice, top with sparkling water and garnish with fresh blackberries.
Recipe Notes

What is a shrub in cooking?

A shrub is a non-alcoholic mixture consisting of sugar syrup, fruit(s) or fruit juice(s), aromatics, and vinegar. Alcohol, soda or carbonated water are added to shrubs to make unique cocktails or refreshing drinks.

Are vinegar shrubs healthy?

Vinegar shrubs are healthy for a variety of reasons, among them: aiding digestion, lowering blood sugar, protecting the heart and balancing pH levels in your body.

How long does homemade shrub last?

With origins based in preserving fruit, shrubs can last a long time! Kept in small bottles or jars with lids, shrubs will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

What other flavour variations can I try?

Cherry-Lime Shrub
Substitute fresh pitted dark cherries for blackberries and 1 strip lime peel for cinnamon stick.

Peach-Rosemary Shrub
Substitute chopped peeled fresh peaches for blackberries and a 2-in. sprig of rosemary for the cinnamon stick.

Blueberry-Lemon Shrub
Substitute fresh blueberries for blackberries and a 1 strip lemon peel for the cinnamon stick.

Strawberry-Basil Shrub Recipe
Substitute chopped fresh strawberries for blackberries and 4 large basil leaves for the cinnamon stick. Research contributed by Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons blackberry shrub syrup: 83 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fibre), 0 protein.