Drinking vinegars, aka shrubs, are concentrated syrups usually made from fruit, sugar, and vinegar. The creation involves a simple preserving method that’s been used for centuries, allowing you to enjoy seasonal fruit flavors as a refreshing beverage, while enhancing the flavor of the ingredients. Plus, the vinegar helps to slow the absorption of the sugar into your blood, preventing a blood sugar spike.
Serve them as mocktails with sparkling water, in an elegant glass, and top with a festive garnish. This holiday-inspired version is a great way to keep your alcohol consumption down during the silly season, while still allowing you to share a toast with friends.
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
Juice and zest of 1 orange, (save a few strips of rind for garnish)
1/2 cup turbinado sugar (alternately honey or maple syrup)
1 cup apple cider vinegar or champagne vinegar
Thyme, for garnish
Muddle together the cranberries, ginger, orange zest, and sugar. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
Add the apple cider vinegar and orange juice and muddle together. Transfer to a quart-sized jar or container. Cover and refrigerate for 2 days.
After 2 days, open your jar and muddle again, very well. Strain, using your hands to squeeze out as much of the shrub liquid as possible, before discarding the fruit skins. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge.
To enjoy a shrub mocktail, mix 1 tablespoon of the shrub with 1 cup of sparkling water. Serve over ice, with a sprig of thyme, and top with a floating orange rind.
Makes 20 servings.
NUTRITION FACTS (PER SERVING):
Protein 0 g
Total fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbs 7 g
Fiber 0 g
Total sugars 6 g
Added sugars 5 g
Sodium 0 mg
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.