Strawberry Shrub


Enjoy this light lovely before dinner -- big thanks to my dear friend Anna for introducing me to it!  I love using strawberries we picked last summer and saved in the freezer just for this!

Strawberry Shrub
Serves 20 (in a 10 oz. rocks glass, filled halfway with ice)

2 c frozen strawberries
2 c sugar
1 T black peppercorns, whole
2 t coarse ground black peppercorns
2 c apple cider vinegar
3 c gin, and an extra bottle for serving, if desired
10 c club soda
Mint, thyme, or lavender to garnish

Place 2 cups of frozen strawberries in a Mason jar quart container with 2 cups of sugar, peppercorns, ground pepper. Cover, shake the jar, and let the mixture sit to macerate on the counter until the strawberries thaw and the mixture forms a tight juice.  Refrigerate jar for one full day, stirring occasionally, and shaking jar.  Add apple cider, let sit in the refrigerator for another two days.  Fine strain the mixture with a mesh sieve into a clean container, discarding solids.  You will end up with 3 cups Strawberry Shrub Concentrate.

Combine (in a gallon jug) 3 cups Strawberry Shrub Concentrate with 3 cups gin.  Just before serving, add the club soda.  Plunge herbs in a small vase with water for garnish of individual cocktails -- with ice of course, too!  Leave a bottle of gin beside pitcher of cocktails -- some guests may prefer a stronger drink but traditionally it's best like this!

Shrub’s are the original pre-made cocktail mix -- learn more about them here.  

Strawberry Shrub