World Pepper
Image default
Home and Garden

How to Make Your Own Shrubs At Home And Save Money

Shrubs are a great way to add flavor to a cocktail. They’re also a really affordable way to give your cocktails an added boost of flavor and aroma.You can even make them yourself at home for much cheaper than buying pre-made shrubs from the store. The only problem is that shrubs are pretty hard to find, especially if you don’t live near a specialty grocer. Luckily, we have the internet, which means that finding almost any kind of food is as easy as Googling it and waiting about ten seconds for the results to pop up. If you’re interested in learning how to make shrubs at home, keep reading! We will go over everything from which ingredients you need, what you should use as vessels for your shrubs, and several different recipes so that you can mix and match whichever sounds best on any given day.


What Is A Shrub?

Shrubs are a type of vinegar-based drink. They are usually fruit-flavored and are created by infusing sugar, fruit, and vinegar.


Why Make Your Own Shrub At Home?

You can make your own shrubs at home and they are really easy to do. The process is really simple and can be done with only a few ingredients. Plus, you can make them yourself for much cheaper than buying pre-made shrubs from the grocery store. It’s also worth noting that if you don’t live near a specialty grocer, then finding any kind of food (including shrubs) can be as easy as googling it and waiting about ten seconds for the results to pop up.


What Ingredients Are In A Shrub?

The ingredients for a shrubs are pretty simple and can be found in any grocery store. The basic ingredients are fruit, sugar, vinegar, and water. You can add other flavorings like spices or herbs to really make your shrubs unique.


Which Vessels Should You Use To Make Your Own Shrub?

There are a few different ways to make your own shrubs at home. You can buy containers from the store, or you can reuse some of your old jars and bottles. We recommend using glass jars that are as tall and narrow as possible. This will create more surface area for the fruit to infuse with the vinegar and sugar, which means that it will last longer before going bad. You also want to make sure that you’re using a tight-fitting lid because shrubs often tend to ferment slowly. If they aren’t stored in airtight containers, they can spoil quickly and become unsafe to consume.


Berry Shrub Recipe

-2 quarts of berry juice (we used raspberry) -1 cup sugar -1 tablespoon black peppercorns -2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated -3 cardamom pods, ground (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom) -2 star anise pods, ground (or 1/8 teaspoon ground star anise) -½ teaspoon orange zest


Grapefruit Shrub Recipe

To make the grapefruit shrub, you will need the following: 1 grapefruit 2 cups sugar 1 cup water zest of 1 grapefruit. To start, combine the sugar and water in a pot and heat it over medium-high heat until it becomes syrupy (about 5 minutes). Then let it cool down for at least 30 minutes. After that, grate your grapefruit zest finely and use a cheesecloth to squeeze out all of the juices from the grapefruit. Mix all of your ingredients together in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. There are plenty of other types of shrubs you can make at home as well, so feel free to experiment with the different flavors!


Lime & Cardamom Shrub Recipe

2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 1/2 teaspoon cardamom pods, crushed Combine all of the ingredients in a pot and simmer over medium heat for 7 minutes. Strain the mixture into a sealable jar, cover, and refrigerate overnight.


Mango Ginger Shrub Recipe

1.5 Cups Sugar 1 Cup Cider Vinegar 1 Cup Mango Juice 2” Piece of Ginger, peeled and cut into 3 pieces Combine sugar, vinegar and mango juice in a jar. Add ginger to the mixture and stir well. Seal your jar and place it in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Shake every day or so to mix up the ingredients. After 2-3 weeks, strain out the ginger and transfer shrub liquid to another sealed jar. Add 1/4 cup of sugar per quart of shrub mixture and shake well before serving over ice or pouring into a cocktail shaker with other ingredients for a beverage recipe. You can also add these shrubs to any number of dishes as a garnish or condiment, such as on top of pork chops or chicken breasts.


Blueberry Mint Shrub Recipe

Step 1: Add the blueberries and sugar to a medium sized sauce pan. Step 2: Stir occasionally until the berries break down and the mixture thickens. Step 3: Add the water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and peppermint extract Step 4: Bring to a simmer for about ten minutes. Step 5: Let cool for about ten minutes or so before transferring to a blender or food processor. Step 6: Blend or process on high until smooth and pour into your jars.

This article is provided by