Shrub Drinks Basics

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Each and every Shrub Drinks flavor makes a most refreshingly delicious thirst quencher, perfect for morning, noon or night. Make it in a glass or pitcher. It’s up to you. This is just the basics….

Here’s what we do, and each of us does it our own way, as you’ll see. Collectively, we suggest  starting with a little and building the flavor till ‘just right’ for YOU!

For a glass:

  • Pick a favorite Shrub Drinks flavor and grab a tall glass.
  • Fill that tall glass with as much ice as you like.
  • Here’s where we (C and C) differ…One of us adds the Shrub Drinks next; then tops off with still or sparkling water, club soda or seltzer. The other, adds the soda, seltzer or water first.We are happy for you to decide which technique you may prefer. In fact, we’d love to hear how you do it.
  • Why not start off with about a Tablespoon to 16 ounces of water; let your taste buds take it from there.
  • Mood plays a role, too.  Sometimes, we like just a trickle  in a glass, to make us ‘want to’ drink as much water as we really should. Other times, spicy snacks or dishes, or just a mood-swing, may make us want our Shrub Drinks punchier.

For a pitcher:

  •  We generally use a 1 part Shrub Drinks to 4 parts still or sparkling water, seltzer or soda for our sampling. How big is your pitcher?

That’s it!
Shrub Drinks basics are just that simple!

 

To keep things interesting, here are a couple of easy ideas that are anything but basic:

Champagne/Prosecco/Cava – Sparkling Wines

Just add your favorite Shrub Drinks shrub to your favorite sparkling wine to make a great sparkling wine cocktail.

A particularly refreshing cooler: The Britannia

Add your favorite Shrub Drinks shrub to a glass of highly chilled Portuguese young wine, Vinho Verde. Hail Britannia! Our favorite shrubs are Very Berry, Peach and Blueberry, but we are still experimenting.

 

Red Still Wine

Add about ½ oz of your favorite Shrub Drinks shrub and about ½ oz still water to a glass of your favorite red table wine. Turn that plain everyday wine into something really special!

Summer Peach No-­‐Jito Mocktail

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  • 1 oz Shrub Drinks Summer Peach Shrub
  • 3 Key Limes, quartered
  • 8 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Ginger Ale

Muddle the key lime quarters and mint leaves in cocktail shaker. Add ice and the
Peach Shrub. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into an ice-filled, tall glass and top with
ginger ale.

¡Ay, Caramba! A Spicy Mocktail

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      • ½ oz Shrub Drinks Tomatillo Lime Serrano Shrub
      • 3 Grape Tomatoes
      • 2, ½ inch slices English Cucumber, chopped
      • 3 dashes Hot Sauce (or to taste) use your favorite
      • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
      • Pinch Salt
      • Kosher salt for rim of glass

 

Muddle the tomatoes, and chopped cucumbers together in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice for 1 minute. This is important for proper dilution. Taste and adjust seasoning. Strain into salt rimmed glass.
This delight can be served “up” or on the rocks – You decide!

The DDD (Designated Driver’s Delight) A Fiesta Mocktail

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  • ½ oz Shrub Drinks Tomatillo Lime Serrano
  • 5 segments of a fresh Clementine, Tangerine or Mandarin
  • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • Club Soda or Seltzer

Muddle the citrus segments in a cocktail shaker. Add the Tomatillo Lime Serrano Shrub and lime juice. Add ice to the shaker and shake well. Strain over ice into an old fashioned glass, and top off with club soda or seltzer.

Serve and sip this great summer cooler to your heart’s content!

ALG White Wine Sangria

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  • 6 oz Shrub Drinks Apple Lemon Ginger Shrub
  • 12 oz favorite Dry White Wine
  • Red, Green and Yellow Apple, sliced or diced
  • 16 oz your favorite Ginger Ale
  • 2 oz Candied Ginger, chopped
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Combine ingredients in large glass pitcher, except ginger ale. Stir and let sit in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to combine flavors Then add 16 oz of chilled Ginger Ale. Serve in a tall glass, over ice if desired. Spoon some of the fruit into the glass and enjoy! Delish!

Tomatillo Lime Serrano Salsa

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  • 1 Tbsp Shrub Drinks Tomatillo Lime Serrano Shrub
  • ½ lb Tomatillos – husk removed, washed well & diced small
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced small
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • ½ to 1 minced serrano chile (more or less to taste: HOT!)
  • 1 small avocado, diced small
  • ½ tsp salt

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except avocado.
Just before serving carefully stir in avocado.
Taste and adjust seasoning.

Serve with chips or as a fresh salsa to top sautéed or grilled chicken or fish.

TSL Jicama Salad

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  • 2 Tbls Shrub Drinks Tomatillo Lime Serrano
  • 1 large jicama, about 1½ lbs
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 large lime
  • ½ medium purple onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Peel the jicama and cut into julienne sticks.
Place in a bowl, and grate the peel of the lime over.
Cut the zested lime in half and squeeze one half over the jicama.
Add the mince onion, if using
Finely mince the cilantro. Add it to the bowl.
Pour the Tomatillo Lime Serrano Shrub over the ingredients in the bowl and stir to mix well.
Season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Refrigerate.

Use as a palate cleansing side salad with any spicy dish,
or as a garnish for your favorite taco.

Shrub Drinks Vinaigrette

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Shrubs make great vinaigrettes, each imparting a distinctive flavor. This vinaigrette recipe is good for all Shrubs (you may wish to make slight adjustments to compliment the flavor of any one Shrub, such as type of vinegar):

  • 2 Tablespoons of your favorite Shrub Drinks shrub
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Aged Balsamic Vinegar or Your Favorite Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and fresh ground Black Pepper, to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together the Shrub, Dijon mustard and vinegar. Add salt and pepper. Dribble the olive oil in slowly while whisking, until the dressing emulsifies.
Dress the salad, and enjoy!

Enjoy this vinaigrette on one of these suggested salads.

A Favorite Salad with Shrub Drinks Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Shrub Vinaigrette.
For the Salad, we suggest:
SBBP Shrub Vinaigrette (above vinaigrette recipe made with Shrub Drinks’ Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Shrub)
Belgium Endive, Escarole and Radicchio
Roasted Almonds * Slivers of Fresh Shallot
Fresh or Dried Strawberries
Feta Cheese, crumbled

A classic spinach salad would also be great with the SBBP vinaigrette

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A Favorite Salad with Shrub Drinks Apple-Lemon-Ginger Shrub Vinaigrette.
For the Salad, we suggest:
Apple-Lemon-Ginger Shrub Vinaigrette (above vinaigrette recipe made with Shrub Drinks’ Apple-Lemon-Ginger Shrub)
Dark leafy greens of your choice, we use Arugula and Purple Kale
Toasted Pecan Halves * Slivers of Fresh Shallot
Thin slices of Crisp Apple, peeled or not
Bleu d’ Auvergne or your favorite blue veined Cheese, crumbled
Finely minced Candied Ginger for optional garnish

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A Favorite Salad with Shrub Drinks Life Changing Pineapple Shrub Vinaigrette.
For the Salad, we suggest:
Pineapple Shrub Vinaigrette (above vinaigrette recipe** made with Shrub Drinks’ Life Changing Pineapple Shrub)
Mixed Greens or Cabbage; Fresh or Dried Pineapple
Diced Avocado; Thinly Sliced Red Onion
Salt and Pepper to taste

** Basic vinaigrette made with or without Dijon

SBBP Caramelized Onions

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  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 large red onions, peeled, cut in half and sliced
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Shrub Drinks Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Shrub

Heat the oil and butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions. Season with salt & pepper. Cook slowly over low heat about 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and are beginning to brown. Add the Shrub, continue cooking until the onions are caramelized. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Great on grilled meat or veggies.
Wonderful as a topping for baked potatoes or salad.

Texas Ruby

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The recipe for this drink may showcase our luscious Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor, but it comes to us all the way from Illinois. We’re told it was created by her friend Sara, especially for a party she hosted with our friend Margaret Stec. We hear it was a smash.

  • 1/2 oz* Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Shrub Drinks
  • 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 to 3/4 oz* Fresh Lemon Juice
  • *adjust to taste

Combine ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into double old fashioned glass over ice and serve with a lemon twist.

Texas Prickly Pear Margarita

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  • 3/4 to 1 oz Shrub Drinks Texas Prickly Pear Shrub
  • 2 oz Tequila (your favorite)
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau

Combine all four ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour into salt rimmed (optional) glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

La Cereza (Mexican Cherry)

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  • 1 oz Shrub Drinks Balsamic Cherry Shrub
  • 1 1/2 oz Mexican Brandy (Presidente)
  • Mexican Coca Cola

In a Collins glass, combine the ingredients. Stir well. Add ice. A nice long drink.

Mentiritas (Little Lie)

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  • 1 oz Shrub Drinks Balsamic Cherry Shrub
  • 1 1/2 – 2 oz Rum
  • Mexican Coca Cola

Fill Collins glass with ice, pour rum over, add shrub – stir gently. Fill with Coca Cola. A nice long drink.

Cerise Arbuste (Cherry Shrub)

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  • 3/4 to 1 oz Shrub Drinks Balsamic Cherry Shrub
  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • 4 oz Fresh Cranberry Juice

In a Collins glass, combine the ingredients. Stir well. Add ice. A nice long drink.

The A-L-G Winter Warm-Up

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  • 1 part Shrub Drinks Apple Lemon Ginger Shrub
  • 4 parts water
  • lemon slice for garnish

Stir together a 1 to 4 mix of shrub and water in a heatproof mug.

Microwave until hot. Add lemon and enjoy.

Big Chief – Our Shandy Recipe

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  • 2 oz Shrub Drinks Apple Lemon Ginger Shrub
  • 8 oz cold Hefeweizen or Pale Ale of choice
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Put 2 oz of Shrub Drinks ALG into a chilled beer mug or glass. Top off with cold Hefeweizen or Pale Ale of choice and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Stir and enjoy!

Electric Cosmopolitan

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  • 2 oz Vodka (Gin plays well too)
  • 3/4 oz Shrub Drinks Texas Prickly Pear Shrub
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 4 – 6 dashes orange bitters

Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a Martini glass.

The A-L-G

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  • 3/4 oz Shrub Drinks Apple Lemon Ginger Shrub
  • 1 1/2 oz favorite bourbon
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • candied ginger (optional garnish)

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well (10 seconds). Pour over ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish if desired.

SBBP Gin Smash

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    • 2 oz Gin
    • 1/2 oz Shrub Drinks Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Shrub
    • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Combine the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into chilled ice filled double fashion glass. Garnish with strawberries dusted with black pepper if desired.

The Bobrow

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  • 1-1 1/2 oz Shrub Drinks Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Shrub
  • 2 oz small batch Rye Bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh squeeze orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 shakes lemon bitters
  • fresh mint & orange peel twist

Combine the first four ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into Collins glass over ice – add bitters, bruised with mint and orange twist.

Shrub Drinks Tuscan 75

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  • 1 oz Shrub Drinks Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Shrub
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Champagne / Prosecco / Cava
  • Various berries for garnish

Combine the first three ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a champagne flute. Top with your sparkler. Garnish with berries.

A Tuscan twist on the classic French 75.
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The Saltillo

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  • 1/2 – 3/4 oz Shrub Drinks Life Changing Pineapple
  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

Combine the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker.
Shake well. Pour over ice in old fashioned glass or coupe rimmed with guajillo chile powder (optional).
Garnish with a slice of lime.

Variation of traditional French 75

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  • 1 oz Very Berry Shrub Drinks
  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Champagne or Prosecco or Cava
  • Various berries for garnish

Combine the first three ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into champagne flute. Top with your sparkler and garnish with Berries.

Named after the French 75 field gun of WWII. (for a reason: POTENT)

Loop 410 Whiskey Sour

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  • ¾ -1 ounce Shrub DrinksLoquat Shrub
  • 2 ounces Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon
  • ¼ fresh Lemon, squeezed, then dropped into shaker
  • 1 sprig fresh Mint
Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled old fashioned class.  (Big ice cube optional.) Add a bruised sprig of mint.

Loquatomy

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  • ¾-1 ounce Shrub DrinksLoquat Shrub
  • 2 ounces Caña Brava Panamanian Rum (or other light rum or rhum agricole)
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • ¼ fresh Lime, squeezed, then dropped into shaker
  • Orange wheel, or swath, garnish

Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into chilled old fashioned glass. Garnish with orange wheel or swath of orange peel twisted to release oils and dropped into glass. Serve up or over ice, as you like.

Aconcagua

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  • ¾-1 ounce Shrub Drinks Loquat Shrub
  • 2 ounces Peruvian Pisco Portón
  • Juice of ¼ fresh lemon
  • Dash Angostura Bitters
  • Swath of lemon peel

Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into chilled coupe or chilled old fashioned glass—over big ice, if desired. Garnish with slab of lemon peel twisted to release oils and dropped into glass.

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