Seasonal Shrub


From our Heirloom 2013 issue. 1 batch makes 3 cups.


Seasonal Shrub


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 2 cups any seasonal fruit
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

Seasonal Shrub Directions

  1. Wash a quart-size mason jar with hot, soapy water but do not dry.
  2. Chop the fruit into roughly 1-inch cubes and drop them directly into the jar. Add the vinegar, cap the jar and allow the fruit to infuse the vinegar for 1 to 3 days. 
  3. Strain the fruit from the vinegar and use the fruit as the base of a chutney or savory sauce. Wash the jar with hot, soapy water again and do not dry.
  4. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water, and add it and the strained vinegar to the jar. Store the shrub concentrate in the refrigerator, where it will keep for up to six months. 
  5. To make drinks, add 1 to 3 tablespoons of shrub concentrate to an 8- to 12-ounce glass of sparkling water. Garnish with pickled fruit.

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