A lot of folks have been busy this summer making jam. I love jam, but I just can’t bring myself to dedicate all that work and time (I’m a little lazy), plus it requires a lot of space. In downtown Toronto, kitchen counterspace is rare real estate. I still load up on fruit at the farmers’ market, though, and have found other ways to enjoy them. I recently discovered Shrubs through The Best Remedy, and I love them so much I’ve been telling friends, and now you, about them.
Shrubs is the best thing to happen to your summer beverage lineup since flavoured vodka. It’s a way of preserving fruit that dates back to the 18th century, and is a concentrated syrup of equal parts fruit, sugar, and vinegar. You can add it to mineral water for a thirst-quenching spritzer, or mix it with some vodka and ice for an easy cocktail. You can use almost any fruit you wish, like strawberries (a great way to use those really ripe ones you just can’t bring yourself to eat), blueberries, peaches, raspberries, even rhubarb. You can even get creative and mix fruits (raspberry-peach sounds good to me). The Best Remedy is written by Kelly Carambula, who knows a thing or two about mixology (she owns and operates The Good Cheer Co.) Summer’s winding down so I suggest you stock up on fruit, load your fridge with shrubs, and you’ll be sipping pretty for months to come.
Photo via The Best Remedy
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