What is Shrub? The word Shrub comes from the Arabic word sharab, which literally means to drink. In the dictionary, Shrub is defined as an acid fruit drink.
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Good Stuff Pick: Fruit shrubs are based on Colonial era recipes and are drink concentrates made with fresh fruit vinegars, organic unbleached cane sugar and spices. They can be mixed with sparkling water (1 part Shrub to 8 parts water) to make festive non-alcoholic drinks, also to flavor wine and champagne. Just as refreshing to serve for a brunch or a festive backyard BBQ, like my Fresh Squeezed Mimosa.
Today's refreshing beverage is perfect for a steamy hot day, like today. Cheers!
George's Berry Shrub Fiz
Makes 4 servings
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1/3 cup fresh lime juice + 1 lime sliced thin
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
4 cups de-seeded watermelon + 1 cup of melon balls for garnish
2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar, variable depending on how sweet the berries are & how tart/ sweet you like it.
1/2 cup ice, shaved or cubes
1/4 cup seltzer per glass + sprig of fresh mint
In a blender, blend the lime juice, watermelon, berries with juice, sugar, ice cubes until slushy. Serve in a tall glass filled with ice; pour 3/4 of a glass with fruit juice and top off with seltzer.
*To Spike: You can add 1/2 ounce of vodka, Or rum, Or tequila to each glass over the ice.