Blackberry Shrub Syrup

Drinking vinegars have really fallen into fashion over the last several years and are a really delicious way for you to add more beneficial vinegars into your diet. The idea is basically making a vinegar fruit syrup that can be used to make soda style drinks and even cocktails. The possibilities for flavors are truly endless. Combine any number of fruits, fresh herbs, or types of vinegar to add your favorite flavor to your next drink. There are several ways to go about making a shrub. I allowed the fruit to macerate then added vinegar once the sugar had dissolved. I chose champagne vinegar because I love how light and crisp it tastes. The addition of rye whiskey transforms this delicious shrub into a nice evening cocktail.
By / Photography By Michelle Leach | February 25, 2016

Ingredients

  • One 6 ounce clamshell of blackberries, rinsed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup champagne vinegar

Preparation

Combine blackberries and sugar in a bowl. Lightly mash the blackberries with a fork to release their juices. Cover and let sit overnight. Pour the mixture into an airtight container. Add the champagne vinegar and shake well. Store the container in the refrigerator for 3 days.

After 3 days give it a taste. It should be less sharp and the sweetness from the berries and sugar should stand out more. The vinegar will mellow more as it sits but it should always taste a bit like vinegar.

Ingredients

  • One 6 ounce clamshell of blackberries, rinsed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup champagne vinegar
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