What Is A Shrub Drink?

I’m constantly fascinated by how mixed drinks obtain their names– and also after surfing my reasonable share of bar food selections, there is one term in particular I’ve constantly considered: the shrub. What makes a drink a shrub? And also how did this word, which I connect with a well-groomed yard, become associated with mixed drinks?

“Shrub” is in fact the name of 2 different alcohol-related beverages, and also vinegar plays a pretty large function in this beverage’s background. One kind is a fruit liqueur that was particularly prominent in 17th century England, made with rum or brandy, sugar, fruit and citrus juice– though vinegar was used instead of citrus to maintain berries in the off-season. This liqueur would then be mixed with flat or carbonated water to create a cocktail. The other sort of shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup that can be used to make a beverage– this is likewise called “drinking vinegar,” and is typically infused with fruit juice, natural herbs and seasonings.